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Old 02-14-2008, 11:33 AM
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Jim, it's the oil filter canister, sorry, not the green thing.

It's burning oil (grey ish smoke) but it's also dripping fast enough that you can watch it if you look under the car.

Should I go get an oil change? Could they fix the leak and do the O-ring?
You just did an oil change.....you need to find your leak and determine if it's from the housing or O-ring first. As Jimmy said, it's 13mm bolts....it might simply be loose.

I love the 15 helpful, similar response within seconds.....you've truly got this forum behind you! This place is great.....but heed the advice, a gallon of oil is horrific - do not drive.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:34 AM
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If the second picture shows a loose boost pressure line, you will have some issues as altitude increases on your way to Denver with maintaining power. Another item you should be able to either find at the local MB dealership or cannibalize from a parts car in a lot selling older MBs, or a junk yard. I have never heard of one of these falling off, so a junk yard car likely has the original one still installed.

Your car may need engine mounts. I have had cyclic hissing noises associated with loose connections on the exhaust manifold caused by failed engine mounts.

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The engine shakes pretty well when at idle, will need engine mounts.
I can get the alda bolt from the DHs parts car. Betting they are the same.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:36 AM
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the leak isn't coming from the canister.
It's coming from further forward, drivers side, middle of the engine compartment.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:36 AM
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Careful with the weedwhacker fuel line. I bought some stuff that when it got warm turned very soft and slid off from the injector real easily. That fuel does get warm.
Nahhh, I have had it on my SD for two years now... no problems so far.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:37 AM
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I love the 15 helpful, similar response within seconds.....you've truly got this forum behind you! This place is great.....but heed the advice, a gallon of oil is horrific - do not drive.
Yep, y'all are rocking my world!!!!!!
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:37 AM
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leak- top of engine? Valve cover?

bottom- oil pan

middle- (unlikely) supply to Injection pump

or--- oil cooler lines (uh oh)
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:39 AM
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there is so much oil under the car (ON the underside of car, not ground) that it's hard to determine where the leak would be. If something drips on a hose, it's travels the hose and drips somewhere else.
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...not a "green" thing to say, but just keep dumping oil in it as you drive for now-unless its really horrendous or an oil cooler line
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On a positive note, that oil is going to work wonders toward keeping undercarriage rust at bay.
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A silver lining to every cloud, eh Chad?
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...not a "green" thing to say, but just keep dumping oil in it as you drive for now-unless its really horrendous or an oil cooler line
That's what was thinking too....but Ginny, how much do you have with you? I can't imagine you brought along much more than a gallon...or at least I wouldn't have.

I'm assuming it was at level when you started? As difficult as it might be.....I'd try to pinpoint the leak and make your decision from there.
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there is so much oil under the car (ON the underside of car, not ground) that it's hard to determine where the leak would be. If something drips on a hose, it's travels the hose and drips somewhere else.
Adventures are fun, but common sense needs to prevail. This issue with the oil is not going away by itself, and it is better to have it looked at prior to getting yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere on the way home. You need to have it looked at by a mechanic, and get a handle on where the oil is coming from. With that kind of oil loss you would be lucky to go 100 miles before the engine would be toast.
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Back to the ALDA. Will not having the bolt in make a rythmic sound with the speed of the car?
I don't want to drive, even if I'm adding two quarts at each stop if I'm going to break down because it's not really the ALDA making the noise.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:48 AM
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That's what was thinking too....but Ginny, how much do you have with you? I can't imagine you brought along much more than a gallon...or at least I wouldn't have.

I'm assuming it was at level when you started? As difficult as it might be.....I'd try to pinpoint the leak and make your decision from there.
I'm in KC and I can get another couple gallons here before I set off.
That's not a problem. I'll do another check but when I was under the car, I was looking and the entire underside is coated. I took paper towels and wiped things off under there. Will try again, tho.
Oil was middle level when I started out, 1200 miles ago.
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as for the ALDA noise, I'm not sure anybody has ever really experinced it.

Is anyone willing to go out , remove the 12mm bolt and report back? (sorry I've got my VW today)

Seriously, I really think that was your problem, but the oil IS a concern. I didn't see the post about being 1 gallon low. THAT's REALLY BAD. Unless you didn't check it from the get go (then shame on you) . You can ( or may have already ) damage an engine when oil gets that low. You do need to

1) Determine that its NOT a completely failed oil cooler hose and, if its not
2) Determine a rough rate of loss and make sure you stay ahead of the loss. One quart low is no big deal, but more than that is really bad
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