Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil leakage in front of the engine

asked by on

slow leak that accumulates all over the front of engine. have removed front of car and timing belt covers. oil all over especially the cam shaft pulleys. removed pulley plugs and found damaged o ring and seal gland. i can take pics. 2003 audi a6 3.0

My car has 101000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Unfortunately, oil leaks in car engines are inevitable given the passage of enough years. It’s been said that any rubber product older than six years is basically no good. You got 13 years service so that’s pretty good. It is best to replace as many oil seals as are accessible because once a mechanic is there it is more economical to do multiple seals at one time if the engine is already opened up. In addition to the camshaft seals and the crankshaft oil seal, the recommended list would include the valve cover gasket as well as the valve stem oil seals The valve stem oil seals inevitably create internal leaks which results in burning oil. You can schedule an oil leak inspection with YourMechanic at which time you can get an estimate of the total number of seals and/or gaskets that are leaking or should be replaced.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Check engine light came on and driver smelled gas

This is a known issue in many of the Audi's. An epoxy fix, as you may know, is a very tricky and somewhat of a gamble-type of fix. There is a chance it may hold for a very long time and there...

Q: Engine misfiring

I would suggest checking the timing and checking for vacuum leaks. Misfiring is typical when the timing is not accurate as it relays inaccurate orders to your car's ignition system. Vacuum leaks can also cause this as they can create...

Q: Lack of acceleration lumpy idle doesn't pull away well.

Hi there. This can be an injector issue, but from my experience it sounds more like a failing catalytic converter. After the type of service you had it is common for the catalytic converter to fail and cause this so...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...