Welcome to ZRoadster.org - BMW Z1 Z4 Z8 Z3 Forum and Technical Database

If you want to join in with the discussion, and see the areas which are available only to members then sign up now!

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

oil leak help...

Discussion in 'M44 Massive' started by David Cullen, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. David Cullen

    David Cullen Zorg Legend
    Supporter The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    366
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Location:
    Prosperous, County Kildare
    I have an oil leak at the front of the engine, cant seem to locate it, the top section from water pump up is dry as a bone so unfortunately its not as simple as rocker cover seal, here are some pic, hopefully someone will point me in the right direction as to where the little blighter is coming from, thanks guys and gals :)

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
  2. t-tony

    t-tony Zorg Expert (I)
    Supporter British Zeds #ZedShed

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    31,461
    Likes Received:
    14,875
    Trophy Points:
    220
    Location:
    Torksey Lock,Lincoln, England
    Model of Z:
    Z4 3.0 Auto
    Hi Dave, I'm not really very well up on the 1.9 M44 engine but if that came in at work what I would do is. Get some brake cleaner spray and a small brush and clean off the oil leak and then wait for a few days if need be to see if the leak has re-appeared after using your car.
    Pictures tend to show a small leak which has accumulated over some time, so it may take a while to reveal where it's coming from.
     
  3. David Cullen

    David Cullen Zorg Legend
    Supporter The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    366
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Location:
    Prosperous, County Kildare
    was thinking that Tony, its very wet underneath but dosent seem to be loosing much, I don't know what is around the mid engine that could cause this though, if it was a Honda id be on it but this is all new to me :) learning though :)
     
  4. David Cullen

    David Cullen Zorg Legend
    Supporter The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    366
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Location:
    Prosperous, County Kildare
    looks like its coming from somewhere around the timing cover at the top, would there be cam shaft seals up top?
     
  5. t-tony

    t-tony Zorg Expert (I)
    Supporter British Zeds #ZedShed

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    31,461
    Likes Received:
    14,875
    Trophy Points:
    220
    Location:
    Torksey Lock,Lincoln, England
    Model of Z:
    Z4 3.0 Auto
    Sorry Dave I really couldn't say in all honesty. As I said I'm not really "up" on theses engines. I'm sue someone will help out, probably Zedonist, he's the man on the M44.
     
  6. David Cullen

    David Cullen Zorg Legend
    Supporter The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    366
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Location:
    Prosperous, County Kildare
    profile gasket?

    [​IMG]
     
  7. t-tony

    t-tony Zorg Expert (I)
    Supporter British Zeds #ZedShed

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    31,461
    Likes Received:
    14,875
    Trophy Points:
    220
    Location:
    Torksey Lock,Lincoln, England
    Model of Z:
    Z4 3.0 Auto
    Would be a total shot in the dark mate. My best suggestion is clean it off and see where it's coming from if you can.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  8. David Cullen

    David Cullen Zorg Legend
    Supporter The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    366
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Location:
    Prosperous, County Kildare
    ok, after a bit of homework its the
    Timing case gasket
    Oil filter housing gasket
    Crankshaft seal

    will wash down and see where we are, hopefully an easy fix...
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  9. jonco

    jonco Zorg Guru (III)
    Supporter British Zeds The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,343
    Likes Received:
    671
    Trophy Points:
    149
    Location:
    Chester
    Model of Z:
    '98 1.9 Auto
    I'm trying to trace similar symptoms at the moment. Have cleaned mine down and waiting to see leak path.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. zedonist

    zedonist Guest

    Agree with the guys above about cleaning off, but the usual culprit is the crankshaft seal, but you never know, I don't think they are huge jobs, just time consuming and tight space.
     
  11. David Cullen

    David Cullen Zorg Legend
    Supporter The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    366
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Location:
    Prosperous, County Kildare
    thanks guys, I will update when I know more as it seems to be a common enough problem, will try get her cleaned down tomorrow and see what it is so I can order part/s for the weekend :)