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10-02-2012 01:42 AM
Originally Posted by funktional View Post
Dude, I've been working on cars for over 20 years now and I've never had to taste anything to figure out what type of fluid it is. If you are going to taste it though, at least get yourself some artisan bread from the local bakery and dip it............jk
I did make notice that it may sound bad or stupid...

Now I haven't been working on cars for over 20 years.. I don't know a whole alot about how to fix alot of cars, but I know how to repair the problems on my car. I've had it long enough, 10+ years now, I'm past taking it to a mechanic who knows jack about my SVT. I don't however know how to diagnose alot of problems that concern this car. I turn to this forum to help me figure out my issues and help me to figure out what they are; and how to figure out to fix them. I know if its sweet its coolant and not oil. So, if the OP isn't a car genius and is trying to diagnose an unknown problem, he could try that method. It would save him taking it to a shop, who might charge a diagnostic fee...
10-01-2012 09:11 AM
funktional Dude, I've been working on cars for over 20 years now and I've never had to taste anything to figure out what type of fluid it is. If you are going to taste it though, at least get yourself some artisan bread from the local bakery and dip it............jk
10-01-2012 09:02 AM
GBPackFan I know that this is going to sound bad or stupid; but the next time you see the "droppings" on the pavement, touch them. Rub your fingers together to see what the slickness is, then lightly taste the fluid. Is the fluid very slick with low viscosity and a nasty taste, or is it mildly slick, with a higher viscosity and sweet to the taste? If it is very slick and nasty tasting, then you have oil. If it is mildly slick and sweet tasting, then you have coolant.
Sometimes the pesky thermostat housing can leak, and when it does it leaks on to, around, and off the bottom of the bell housing...

Hope this helps.. Oh, and please don't go tasting large amounts of fluid or swallowing anything that you taste. Spit it out after you taste it...
09-30-2012 09:54 PM
cbdallas If you're sure it's engine oil, and you're sure it's coming from inside the bell housing (instead of down the seam from somewhere up top) then your rear main seal is leaking.
09-30-2012 05:51 PM
whichdoctorbilly? could it be coolant from the thermostat housing leaking
09-10-2012 11:26 AM
84572 What's the color of the drops on the floor? You sure it's not oil from the tranny.
09-07-2012 07:17 AM
svtcliff I sprayed the area out with some brake cleaner. there wasn't a lot of oil in it really. The engine side wasn't to bad either but I cleaned it really well to promote the gasket sealing.
09-07-2012 01:48 AM
iminhell I'm just curious how well you cleaned the BH?

I know that fluids can get trapped in the casting voids. Heating/case expansion can allow trapped fluids to leak.
For instance, I blew a coolant line. Replaced it and cleaned everything up. Few months later replaced a clutch and there was still coolant hiding in the voids. It did appear to leak every once in a while but nothing ever went low.

IIRC it's only the lowest void that has a drain hole. The rest and closed.

Just something to think about.
09-06-2012 09:17 PM
Mile30 You could get some oil dye and a blacklight... may speed up finding the source! Other than that; nothing leaks up, so it may be something stupid in between the intake runners.
09-06-2012 08:56 PM
svtcliff No I've ruled them out as trans fluid. Its deff motor oil. Its just not a major leak. Just 2 to 3 drops when the car is parked. I've changed the seal twice and still leaks.
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