jablackburn wrote:It looks like you actually have a combination of a leaking turbo oil return line, AND a clogged PCV. The oil is blowing past the rear seal and leaking on the hot exhaust manifold and all over the turbo.
PLEASE change out the PCV (and clean the PTC nipple at back by the turbo) as soon as possible and you may be able to save it. My smell had been getting really horrible, and I'm fairly sure my car blew out the rear main seal while driving to NC today. It's bleeding oil all over the bottom of the car and driveway like a stuck pig, and it's dark so I can't really pinpoint where it's coming from.
I did my whole PCV system about 2 weeks ago, after putting it off for a long time, but apparently it was too little too late. I smelled burning oil even with the air off and windows down every time I got on the gas to go up a hill today.
There's a great write-up that I followed here: http://www.lakesidedp.com/uploadpics/pcv/index.html
Replacing the rear seal is not for the faint of heart - I'm not even going to attempt it myself, so it's best if you can still save it!
jablackburn wrote:I suppose it could be possible for you to not see any pressure - it depends on where else pressure is escaping from. First, it was around your oil cap. Since you replaced the gasket, that opportunity has been sealed off from it and it's blowing out the seals instead. At least that's what I'm thinking.
I agree, give the engine a good cleaning-up and see where oil re-appears. It's kind of all over everything at the moment. Take off the turbo heat shield at the back of the engine and have a look around there. In the meantime, don't romp on the throttle a whole lot.
What kind of oil do you use?
pkc303 wrote:We had the same oil leak in our 1997 850R. It turned out to be the turbo drain line, and the cam shaft seals, behind the cam position sensor, and the distributor cap. We also changed our flame trap system, which was pretty gunked up.
I'll add some pictures of ours.
Good luck, hope this helps.
jablackburn wrote:Sounds plausible to me! A much, MUCH easier fix too. See if it's belching oil out the right side of the engine block - that's a good description of where to look.
And it's Justin btw
jablackburn wrote:No worries, it's all good!
I think if my name were Jack Blackburn I'd have to change it. I hate Jack Black more than any other actor imaginable
Yes, the oil return line is the same thing. They are known to leak quite often.
Welcome to the forum, I wish you enjoy being here.
Oil leak from the turbo return line is a common problem and is a cheap & easy fix. You only need to replace the seal ring & gasket. The following vendorhas all you need:
If you have floor jack + jackstands + common sense for safety, you can do these by yourself, otherwise you may want to take it to a shop.
Good luck to you,