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    Default Is Gearbox oil red?

    It seems i have a smallish leak on my 1.9 DTI 150. I found it on the garage floor, it's around the size of a piece of A4 paper (although not as square ). It was red-ish in colour. I've wiped it up so i can see how much it's dropping.
    The DMF and clutch was replaced in January, so i'm thinking it might have something to do with that.
    Any thoughts guys?

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    Yeah gear oil is red, maybe drivesheft oil seal leaking..

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    Some gearbox oils are red yes, but so is the coolant

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    Does the coolant feel oily?

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    Yes.

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    Any difference in taste?

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    Pink is long life and green, blue, yellow are not lol

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    Coolant tends to be more like a day-glo orangey-pink to make leaks easier to spot...also your header tank level will be low if you have a coolant leak.

    Gear oil tends to be red to reddy-brown

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    coolant can be whatever colour the antifreeze is, depends on the manufacturer.

    its common to have auto gearboxes & power steering systems used the same type of fluid in each system, but not sure about manuals. but theyre usually red.

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    Well, i spent 2 hours this afternoon investigation (most of it removing/refitting under-tray I'm gonna love it when the time comed for an oil and filter change )
    I took some pictures of what i found. Looks to me to be the dirveshaft seal leaking. Was alanv6 right? If so, is it a big job/expensive?

    Like i mentioned in the first post, i had the DMF and Clutch replaced in January, might the seal have been damaged when they were changed? If it's not an expensive fix, i might not bother ringing them up incase they either deny that it might be, or they fix it and damage something else.


    View from below, front of car at bottom of picture. A nice few drips ready to stain he drive. Looks a little like monkey's blood.





    Closer inspection finds where it's coming from. I've added a little red arrow



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