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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 25th November 2020, 15:10 Thread Starter
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Oily grime on the engine ?!?!

Afternoon all,

Hope you're all keeping well in the current circumstances.

Our bmax usually spend it's time in the motorway commuting to my work but has only done a few thousand miles since march due to lockdown.

I opened the bonnet yesterday and found a relatively thick oily grime on the engine and alternator (see pics).

The coolant hasn't dropped or discoloured, there's no white smoke and the oil isn't milky.

My garage cannot see the car until a week on Tuesday, had anyone got any ideas what it may be??

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 25th November 2020, 15:43
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what engine is it?
also you say the oil isn't milky, I guess thats where you have looked at the end of the dipstick.
what does the inside of the oil filler cap look like?

the pictures took a while to open, and that looks horrible
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what engine is it?
also you say the oil isn't milky, I guess thats where you have looked at the end of the dipstick.
what does the inside of the oil filler cap look like?

the pictures took a while to open, and that looks horrible
It's the 1.5tdci... The oil after opening the oil cap is just jet black, non milky...

The car hasn't thrown out any oil pressure warnings or errors either.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 25th November 2020, 16:56 Thread Starter
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Just a thought, could it be a breather tube of some sort that has split?
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 25th November 2020, 18:04 Thread Starter
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I've uploaded the pics to the web

https://ibb.co/C5PZhY9
https://ibb.co/t2tMbFH

Another thought was that it was a valve cover gasket leak ?

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 25th November 2020, 20:47
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My first thought was also the cam cover gasket.
My second thought was the oil seals in the turbo, when they go they don't always result in a loss of power or excess smoke, fingers crossed it isn't that.

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Turns out it needed a new cam cover....
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 11th December 2020, 12:07
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A cheap easy fix for you, nice one !

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 11th December 2020, 19:39
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so a rocker cover and gasket, plus a steam clean... I would get them to clean the whole engine bay whilst cleaning the block
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