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    Default MoT Advisory - Gearbox Oil Leak

    Now, this is pretty odd.

    I've had a little drip coming out the car for a couple of weeks now.

    Took it to a friend who works as a coach mechanic who thought it was gearbox oil - so, having had the gearbox repaired not so long ago, took it back to the place where I had the gearbox done who had a look and told me it was engine oil.

    Apparently their transmission oil is bright red and a completely different consistency to what is coming out - so it can't be transmission fluid and they thought it felt like engine oil.

    My engine oil is going down - about a litre every 3 weeks so I thought they were probably right. Sump was cleaned so I can get my usual mechanic to find where the leak is coming from.

    Just went for MoT today and got an advisory on a Gearbox Oil Leak - any ideas where I go now as I'm being told that it's the gearbox leaking oil but I'm losing engine oil

    Any ideas anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamant View Post
    Now, this is pretty odd.

    I've had a little drip coming out the car for a couple of weeks now.

    Took it to a friend who works as a coach mechanic who thought it was gearbox oil - so, having had the gearbox repaired not so long ago, took it back to the place where I had the gearbox done who had a look and told me it was engine oil.

    Apparently their transmission oil is bright red and a completely different consistency to what is coming out - so it can't be transmission fluid and they thought it felt like engine oil.

    My engine oil is going down - about a litre every 3 weeks so I thought they were probably right. Sump was cleaned so I can get my usual mechanic to find where the leak is coming from.

    Just went for MoT today and got an advisory on a Gearbox Oil Leak - any ideas where I go now as I'm being told that it's the gearbox leaking oil but I'm losing engine oil

    Any ideas anyone?
    Is it an Auto? Auto gearbox transmission fluid is ususally a cherryade colour.

    Not sure about a manual though.

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    It's a manual - gearbox specialist claims the oil in my box is bright red anyway!

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    Have you tried sitting looking under the car for any leaks?

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    That's just it - I have at most 1 or 2 drops on my drive after an entire night of it being parked there.

    I just can't see it dripping because it's happening so slowly.

    If my mechanic and the MoT tester think it's coming from the gearbox - how could engine oil be coming out of the gearbox / look like it's coming out of the gearbox?

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    When you go out tomorrow morning reverse the car in a straight line. Then draw a straight line from the patch to the car and then you should get a better idea.

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    Good idea!

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    you will prob find its synth oil in the gear box which tends to now look like tranny fluid.red in colour

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    Maybe it only leaks when the engine and gearbox is turning?

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    maybe it's being caught by the undershield?

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