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Oil leak

So I popped around to the garage yesterday evening to have the brake cable fitted, which was done. The mechanic said that the gearbox oil was still leaking, he's checked the level and it is okay.

Wait. WHAT?

Of the various problems I have had/am having with Felicity, leaking oil has not been one of them. I would not have accepted a car that leaked oil.
Or, more categorically, my car has never leaked oil.

Don't just take my word for it - here is a photo of where I park (in the hangar) and you can see the few drips from after the repair. If I had parked a leaking car here since November, it would be an absolute mess.

So I went out this morning and had a look. I could see a drip at the bottom of the gearbox.
Then I noticed the trail of disaster to the right of the photo. Clearly it is squirting oil when in movement, which is being flung backwards. What the hell have they done to my car?

Thankfully I took a photo of the variateurs at a low angle (as underneath the car isn't a place that one would think to photograph) on the 27th of March. You can see the frame just behind the one on the right, and notice the bolt in the frame and how it is just dusty.

I went and took a similar photo today, and you can clearly see oil on the frame starting about where that bolt is.


I paid €327,60 to have the wonky second variateur changed, the one that connects to the gearbox. This was a task that needed taking out the entire engine and gearbox arrangement. I also asked if they could check the oil level of the box because there is a noise when I'm in reverse. He did, changing the oil in the process (€13 for 75W80 oil), and said he thinks the noise is something else.

I did not expect to have my car returned to me in a significantly degraded state. Furthermore, as this is the gearbox, it isn't exactly something that I could keep an eye on the oil level myself (not that I should, but just pointing out it isn't intended to be a user servicable part).

They are closed today (lesser hours because COVID), so I will go around on Tuesday after work and hand them a copy of this blog post. I don't know what's wrong with the gearbox, but my car did not leak oil before. Now it does, and looking at it, quite a lot.
It's simply unacceptable.


If you think getting my name wrong is bad,
look at what colour the car is!


Et, maintenant, l'histoire au dessus en Française...

Fuite d'huile

J'ai viens au garage hier soir pour l'installation de le flexible de frein, ce qui a été fait. Le mécanicien me dit que l'huile de boîte de vitesses fuit toujours, il a vélrifié le niveau et ça va.

Attends... QUOI?

Parmi les divers problèmes que j'ai eu / que j'ai avec Felicity, les fuites d'huile ne sont pas l'un d'eux. J'aurais pas accepté d'acheter une voiture qui avait une fuite d'huile.
Ou, plus catégoriquement, ma voiture n'a jamais fuit d'huile.

Ne vous fiez pas seulement à ma parole - voici une photo de l'endroit où je me ranger la voiture (dans le hangar) et vous pouvez voir que quelques gouttes après la réparation. Si je mettre là une voiture qui a un fuit depuis novembre, ce fait un gâchis absolu.

Alors, je sorti ce matin et je regarder au dessous. Je pouvais voir une goutte au fond de la boîte de vitesses.
Puis j'ai découvrir la piste du désastre vers la droite de la photo. De toute évidence, la boîte jettrea l'huile en mouvement, qui est projetée vers l'arrière. Qu'est-ce qu'ils, en nom de dieu, ont fait à ma voiture?

Heureusement, j'ai pris une photo des variateurs au faible angle (car sous la voiture ce n'est pas un endroit que l'on pourrait penser de photographier) le 27 mars. Vous pouvez voir le cadre juste derrière et au droite, et remarquer le boulon dans le cadre et qu'il est seullement poussiéreux.

J'ai pris une photo similaire aujourd'hui, et vous pouvez clairement voir l'huile sur le cadre à partir de l'endroit où se trouve ce boulon.


J'ai payé €327,60 pour faire changer le deuxième variateur (nota - celui qui se connecte á la boîte de vitesses). C'est une tâche qui nécessitait de retirer l'ensemble du moteur et de la boîte de vitesses. J'ai également demandé s'ils pouvaient vérifier le niveau d'huile de la boîte car il y a un bruit quand je suis en marche arrière. Il fait, changeant l'huile dans la boîte (€13 pour 75W80), mais ils pense que le bruit est un autre chose.

Je n'anticipé pas d'a ma voiture me rendue dans un état considérablement dégradé. En plus, comme il est un problème de la boîte de vitesses, ce n'est pas exactement quelque chose que je peut controller le niveau d'huile moi-même (pas que je devrais, mais juste pour souligner qu'il n'est pas un partie réparable par l'utilisateur).

Ils sont fermé aujourd'hui (moins des heures parce-que COVID), donc je vais viendra mardi après boulot et remettre une copie de ce page de mon blog. Je ne sais pas ce qui est le problème avec la boîte de vitesses, mais ma voiture n'a pas de fuit d'huile avant. Maintenant c'est le cas, et en regardant, il semble beaucoup.
C'est simplement inacceptable.



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Rick, 11th April 2020, 14:07
I have an appointment to see the garage at 5.30pm on Tuesday. 
I've also tried getting in touch with VSP Ouest (the person that sold the car) and VSP Full Race (another dealer) to have options if the garage can't/won't fix it, but it's a Saturday before Easter in the middle of a lockdown. Lots of ringing phones. Nobody answering. 
[that said, if places are closed or otherwise restricted because of the virus, it would be a useful idea to mention this on their websites...!] 
David Pilling, 12th April 2020, 15:33
Welcome to the world of cars - ones that don't permanently leak oil are a recent invention. Guess it will just need something tightening. Fix one thing break another - should be a name for that process - I am left referencing Flanders and Swann's "Twas on a Monday morning..." which I suspect few people now grok. 
Felicitations Felicit√©. 
David Pilling, 12th April 2020, 15:48
Might just be if you put in too much oil it reaches somewhere it can leak from. So it may just stop - but of course there is the unhappy fact that it will stop eventually. Too much, Too little, Goldilocks and the three gears. 
Jeff Doggett, 12th April 2020, 21:04
There's a lego version of "Twas on a Monday morning..." here:
Rick, 12th April 2020, 22:27
This one is topical (and brilliant):

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