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Old 10-08-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Are these Oil leaks or characteristic of car

I opened up the hood today to check fluid level for wipers and this is what I saw. Another problem, I think manifesting, in the long line of issues....

Is this normal?

I am having issues with the tranny. It slipped out of gear at 40 mph. Shudders on pull off and makes the famous egg beater noise between 1-2. Ford said they can't find anything and it is normal...I disagree and see this as dangerous...

Anyway, what do you think






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The first picture just appears dirty, possibly a few drops of oil got dripped onto the valve cover when checking the oil level, but I don't detect an obvious leak path. The picture of the gearbox again shows dirt on the transmission case, and what appears to be excess sealant (like locktite or something similar that was used when the two halves of the case was attached.

The clutch issue is not normal and should be resolved I would think, but I can't detect an obvious leakage path from either of these pictures.
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I opened up the hood today to check fluid level for wipers and this is what I saw. Another problem, I think manifesting, in the long line of issues....

Is this normal?

I am having issues with the tranny. It slipped out of gear at 40 mph. Shudders on pull off and makes the famous egg beater noise between 1-2. Ford said they can't find anything and it is normal...I disagree and see this as dangerous...

Anyway, what do you think



Your engine is filthy, you should clean it. Have you been auto-crossing ??
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:25 PM   #4
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I don't understand "shudder at pull off". The pics are normal as stated, dirt and the sealer. As far as the egg beater noise take a service manager for a drive in your car and a new car. IMO.
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I am dealing with the shudder issue in another thread..and have Ford and dealer involved.
As for dirty engine, the pics look worse than the engine. I drive 80 miles a day on the turnpike. I did notice what looks like sand on it though and will probably try vaccuum it up over the weekend.
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I am dealing with the shudder issue in another thread..and have Ford and dealer involved.
As for dirty engine, the pics look worse than the engine. I drive 80 miles a day on the turnpike. I did notice what looks like sand on it though and will probably try vaccuum it up over the weekend.


Hey I feel ya ! 36 miles twice a day on Atlanta's Most Wonderful Interstate System.
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My engine looks exactly the same as yours. Wish I had more time to clean it.
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The first picture just appears dirty, possibly a few drops of oil got dripped onto the valve cover when checking the oil level, but I don't detect an obvious leak path. The picture of the gearbox again shows dirt on the transmission case, and what appears to be excess sealant (like locktite or something similar that was used when the two halves of the case was attached.

The clutch issue is not normal and should be resolved I would think, but I can't detect an obvious leakage path from either of these pictures.
Seconded.

Especially the second paragraph.
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Does it get better if you turn traction control off? (A number of people have mentioned that workaround. Not a fix, exactly, but may make life more pleasant in the meantime.)

The car shouldn't come out of gear spontaneously at all.
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I also agree, there does not seem to be any leaks, at least from the pictures posted. I would suggest you place some white paper underneath the engine and leave it over night. If you find oil drops then you will see that you have a leak. If the paper is clean, then nothing to worry about. Either way, get a second opinion from a mechanic you or someone you know uses. Having a second opinion can give you some information when speaking with the dealer.
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