Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-03-2017, 05:46 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 88
Disappearing oil leak?

Hi all,

So I bought my 1999 boxster base manual in 2015 and my mechanic at the time did the RMS and IMS bearing retrofit. All good. Fast forward to early June 2017 and I noticed a 3 or 4 dime size oil drops on the garage floor. Note that it was in storage since December 2016 until March 2017 and been driving sporadically until June. So Jack up the car and noticed a little oil on the underneath of the car, right in the middle. And it seems to come from where the transmission mets the engine. So RMS right?


I clean it all...

The issue is that I have been driving it hard for the last 2 weeks and....no drips. Nothing. Is it possible that somehow the seal has been reconditioned or something?

CDNIcecube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2017, 07:09 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: It's a kind of magic.....
Posts: 5,561
Leaks do not heal themselves, and bellhousing leaks are not necessarily the RMS. You. Many times someone brings in a bell housing leak for us to look at, the leak is actually from somewhere else and just migrated to that area.

Check the engine from above, and check both cam covers from above and below.
__________________
Anything really new is invented only in one’s youth. Later, one becomes more experienced, more famous – and more stupid.” - Albert Einstein
JFP in PA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2017, 10:04 AM   #3
WALDMEISTER
 
BRAN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Germany
Posts: 1,169
Garage
Sounds weird, but had that happening EVER since the day I drove the Boxster home from Zuffenhausen.

If it stands (longer)...it leaks a little...
If it is driven regularly...no leaks at all...
Just FYI....it has been serviced by two Porsche dealerships from day 1 on
__________________
Original Owner | PORSCHE Boxster 2.7L (MY01) | Seal Gray
BRAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2017, 11:15 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 1,520
Like the old saying...

if your car is no longer leaking it's because ran out of oil..

.
Gilles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2017, 05:28 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 88
I'll look from the top again. Thanks.
CDNIcecube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2017, 09:41 AM   #6
Certified Boxster Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,665
I couldn't agree with JFP more. Here is my oil leak story...

Small drip from under the engine.

Take car to Shop #1. They say, RMS ($$$$). I say I'll live with it.

Car is at Shop #2 for other work. I ask them to diagnose (as long as its there). They say cam covers ($$$$). I say I'll live with it.

Eventually, I decide to track it down myself. I clean all of the oil off the engine and drive it for a week. Then re-inspect and find the oil coming from around two of the spark plugs. I replace all of the spark plug tubes and o-rings ($) myself and never saw a drip of oil again.

Take the time to find the actual source.
__________________
1999 996 C2 - sold - bought back - sold for more
1997 Spec Boxster BSR #254
1979 911 SC
POC Licensed DE/TT Instructor

Last edited by thstone; 07-05-2017 at 09:44 AM.
thstone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2017, 05:58 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 370
Quote:
Originally Posted by JFP in PA View Post
Leaks do not heal themselves
My 2000 S left a quarter size drop on the garage floor about a year ago. It hadn't left a single drop in the 16 years prior or in the year since. And I wasn't doing any work or anything to the car at the time. Explain that!
__________________
DD summer/winter: 2000 Boxster S
DD spring/fall: 914-6 w/ 3.0L SC Dual Webers

http://imgur.com/a/k0Wtl - My 914-6 Build/Project Story
patssle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2020, 05:31 PM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Montréal
Posts: 7
Garage
If it can help you guys, today i was replacing my rear LCA’s with balljoints and when i raised the car to install the jack stands, after a few minutes i see oil dripping under the car near very close to the tranny/engine junction point... with a flashlight i could clearly understand that this oil was not engine oil but tranny oil (slightly pinkish) and it was coming out of one of the 2 drive axle shafts.

My conclusion for now is that this car doesn’t enjoy extreme jacking lift on one side, i maybe held the car for a few minutes in a position that the axles shafts didn’t like and gave opportunity to transmission fluid to come out by this seal....

After realizing that, i noticed that the pan under it was filled with oil from this dripping so i cleaned up everything, put the car back on its wheels and i haven’t seen any other drips of any kinds (clean the pan properly to avoid thinking that your car still have a leaking issue)

I am driving it to a minimum because i estimate a loss of around 3 cups of tranny fluid, so i need to get an alignment since the LCA have been replaced, so i will have the tranny refilled at the same time.

Was my strange boxster dripping experience, hopefully it can help in your investigations!

lucoche is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page