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Old 11-11-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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Oil Leak

I purchased my '98 Boxster in July with 48K miles. In the past month I noticed drops of oil about the size of quarters on the floor. I snapped some photos. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 11-11-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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I do not know the techinical information you need, but I will tell you the obvious.. Drive it to the dealership before you have a puddle and a blown engine.

Keep us updated, someone on here will be able to give you better info.
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The crossmember bar is covered in oil directly below the tranny and it's leaked down and made a mess in the surrounding area as well. I think you have a RMS leak. You need to take a pic directly where the tranny and engine meet to be sure.
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:01 PM   #4
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Thats look like it may be a Rms leak
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Oil dripping is a precursor to the RMS leak. I would recommend not driving the car and having it towed to your mechanic. The can replace the seal for about $700, vs. 10k for a new engine.
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I haven't had a problem with the RMS, but the oil filler tube on my car developed a hole, and I had some oil in the same area. If you recently changed your oil, that could be the culprit.

As the other posters said, have it checked out by someone with Porsche experience. The oil filler tube is a fairly inexpensive repair for a Porsche (I think I paid around $200) and the RMS (Rear Main Seal) isn't that bad when compared to the cost of a new engine.

Good luck and be sure to tell us what happens. Someone will be searching on the same topic in the future and your experience will add to their knowledge.
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RMS leak? You have to be kidding, this NEVER happens!
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:19 PM   #8
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Is the concensus not to drive it until replaced? The oil hasn't been changed since Jan. 07 at 45K so it most likely isn't the oil fill tube.

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A leaking RMS will not blow up the motor unless you let the oil level drop too far and then ignore the low oil pressure IDIOT light.
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That said, take it to your dealer and have it looked at.
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Quote:
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Is the concensus not to drive it until replaced? The oil hasn't been changed since Jan. 07 at 45K so it most likely isn't the oil fill tube.

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Old 11-12-2007, 07:11 AM   #12
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If you keep the oil level up, the RMS issues will not harm your car.

It will soil your floor though?

When you get it repaired, ask your tech HOW something like this could happen?

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Old 11-13-2007, 08:21 AM   #13
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At 45k you might want the clutch replaced since its already opened.

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