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530d f11...oil spots

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Hi all,

 

My 2010 530d f11 has been leaving small oil spots...as noticed this morning. I've taken a look underneath and noticed oil around the sump plug (at least I think that what it is).  The car is booked in for an inspection in a few day.  In the meantime though, I'm wondering if this is a common (expensive) issue! 

 

Any advice gratefully received.  Thanks 

 

Oil level is fine according to Idrive and next due for a change in 8k.

 

(And as you may have guessed, I'm not the most mechanically minded of people!)

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Sump nut could be loose if you had the oil changed at a BMW dealer. Sounds like you had it changed quite some time ago though... so perhaps a leak somewhere.  Can you smell burning at all? Just wondering if oil is high up and getting somewhere hot, or if it's further down.

 

Someone more familiar with your engine will be along shortly..

 

 

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Phoned a garage up the road with a view to getting it checked...the advice was pretty much "I'll look at it if you want, but personally, I doubt worry about it...diesals are renowned for it!" 

 

In fairness, I suppose a less reputable place would have booked it in a charged a fortune. 

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i have a diesel and never known of any oil leaks... you probably need a new garage :)

 

what is that picture with the hole in it? can you take one abit further back? 

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I'm not a customer of the garage I spoke to, so it wouldn't be in their interest to fob me off...if anything, I'd expect them to encourage me to bring the car in on the basis it represents new business for the. But, yes, I've have plenty of diesal cars before and would never accept the oil spots are 'normal'

 

I'm not sure what the other part of the undercarriage is with the hole .either way, it's concerning, I'll see what the garage say in a couple of days. 

 

I've done 50 odd miles in the car this morning, nothing untoward noted in terms of fluid levels/warning messages etc...yet!!

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What a random generalisation to be made by the garage - that diesels are renown for what, leaks, in this modern world? Maybe 30 years ago and British Leyland cars but not modern day diesels.  

 

As the cover for the sump plug is covered in some fluid I’d start by looking at the sump plug that has been mentioned before in this thread. 

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As age and mileage take their toll on cars, its common that you will get a 'sweat' from the odd joint or two. This is nothing more than a drop or two of oil over many many miles. Oil by its very nature spreads out so it often looks far worse than it actually is.

 

 

Agree with what the others here have said but I would Clean it up with a degreaser and see if anything reappears. 

 

Car manufacturers cheat with sump plugs on the production lines. They are fitted prior to the pan being painted, thus the black paint on most sumps helps seal in the sump plug and its sealing washer.

 

If it was an N62 engine, then yeah it would defiantly be a leak!

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Many thanks for your advice/suggestions - much appreciated. 

 

And yes, I was surprised when the garage suggested it was normal. Perhaps it is, but for peace of mind it's going in for a check over.  

 

(No sign of any more oil drops currently however and the oil level hasn't dropped...fingers crossed it's ok!)

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So...1st garage couldn't find the issue without stripping the engine!

 

Popped it into a BMW inde, the good news is that the engine doesn't need taking apart - it's a worn oil filter seal..no major dramas (or expense).

 

Many thanks for your help. 

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