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Old 04-07-2015, 04:30 PM   #1
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Mk3 Timing chain cover leak

So i took my car in to get the oil change at the dealership's quick lube about a week ago and they notice a small oil leak on the passenger side of the engine. schduled an appointment with the dealer for the following Monday, "yesterday" to look at it. They told me it is the timing chain cover leaking. They said it is a pretty big job and scheduled me to come in next Monday to have it fixed. my car has 15,000 miles on it. Anyone else have this issue? is it pretty common? i was pretty suprised to already have an oil leak. I check my oil weekly and it's never low so it's got to be pretty minor.


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Yep, my piece of garbage, I mean my Focus has the same issue. I had noticed the oil on my garage floor but I thought it was my wife's car since we switch parking spaces all the time. I just took mine in for it's first oil change at 7,000 miles and they told me that my timing cover was leaking. This car is the biggest piece of crap I've ever owned. This will be it's third trip back to the dealer since I bought it seven months ago. That's more trips to the dealer than all of my former Dodge's combined over the last ten years. It's already a rattle trap too. I regret every day that I bought this car.
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I haven't heard that before, no issues w/ the earlier D-tech's.
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I haven't heard that before, no issues w/ the earlier D-tech's.
Yeah I think it's just an issue on the mk3. They don't use a gasket but instead use silicon to seal it. Seems crappy to me. O well. Warranty covered it so no big deal.
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Yeah I think it's just an issue on the mk3. They don't use a gasket but instead use silicon to seal it. Seems crappy to me. O well. Warranty covered it so no big deal.
Thats how all the D-techs are & the oil pan is the same way. Beats a gasket. Last time I had the cover off (not because of leak) I used the Powerstroke sealant.
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So i took my car in to get the oil change at the dealership's quick lube about a week ago and they notice a small oil leak on the passenger side of the engine. schduled an appointment with the dealer for the following Monday, "yesterday" to look at it. They told me it is the timing chain cover leaking. They said it is a pretty big job and scheduled me to come in next Monday to have it fixed. my car has 15,000 miles on it. Anyone else have this issue? is it pretty common? i was pretty suprised to already have an oil leak. I check my oil weekly and it's never low so it's got to be pretty minor.
Also had mine done along with the oil pan cover and oil filter adapter.


Also just for the record this car is way better than the two crap dodges I've had.
Pretty convinced dodge is the worst car company here in the states.
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Yep, my piece of garbage, I mean my Focus has the same issue. I had noticed the oil on my garage floor but I thought it was my wife's car since we switch parking spaces all the time. I just took mine in for it's first oil change at 7,000 miles and they told me that my timing cover was leaking. This car is the biggest piece of crap I've ever owned. This will be it's third trip back to the dealer since I bought it seven months ago. That's more trips to the dealer than all of my former Dodge's combined over the last ten years. It's already a rattle trap too. I regret every day that I bought this car.
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I want to see how I can best assist. Was the leak repaired at that or a more recent dealer visit?

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I want to see how I can best assist. Was the leak repaired at that or a more recent dealer visit?

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Hi Meagan. I hadn't seen your response until now.

The dealer still hasn't repaired it and their service department basically said that their own oil change guys didn't know what they were talking about. They said they couldn't find the leak. My garage floor is proof of the leak though.

Each time that I've taken it in, I've also complained to them about the poor mileage that I'm getting and all they're willing to do is make sure that the computer is up to date. I left it with them for over a week last time and asked that they drive it, I even offered to let them take it home and drive it back and forth to work, all they did was let it idle for an hour and give it back to me with barely enough gas to get to the gas station (the car was stumbling as I pulled in to the gas station). I would think that there has to be something mechanically wrong for this car to be getting the mileage that it does. My commute is 23 miles and roughly 75% highway at 70mph and I average about 25 mpg. The best I've ever gotten on a straight highway trip was 29. I bought this car because I wanted something fuel efficient and this isn't living up to what I expected based on the sticker rating. If I let my wife drive it on her 4 mile commute it's even worse, it only gets about 17-18 mpg on her commute.

Please let me know if there's anything you can do to help. Thanks.
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77k and mine started to leak slightly, no oil on the ground or low levels...
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