My car is leaking badly -- opinions?

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  1. khardbored

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    #1 khardbored, Jun 26, 2019
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    My car today started leaking what looks like both oil and fuel, bad enough that I could see it visibly dripping under the car after shutting it off for about 5-7 minutes.

    Another symptom is that to start it, I have to "give it a little gas" while the engine is turning over or it won't start (may or may not be related). It's been that way for 2+ years, but just within the last 2 days, noticeably worse.

    Any guess what would cause that leaking issue, and, is it time to trade it in? 2005 (or 6?) Buick Rendezvous with about 140K miles.
     
  2. Gonzo

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    Sounds like the thing has served its tour.
     
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  3. Clonehomer

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    Could be as simple as a clogged PCV valve. Finding where the leak is coming from might be smart. Never get rid of a paid off car unless you have to.
     
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  4. Gunnerclone

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    RIP. Time to get a used mini van if you want to follow the CF guidelines. Personally I would go grab one of those new Wranglers with the automatic top for the summer. Perfect for summertime pimpin.
     
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  5. deadeyededric

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    If it is only gas it might just be the fuel line. If the line drips all the fuel out then you have to pump the pedal a few times to get fuel going back to the engine when you start it.
     
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  6. Sigmapolis

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    My MIL just totaled her fifth car in roughly ten years...

    ...and went and bought a new CR-V XLE.

    I have no idea which insurance company is dumb enough to let her rob it.
     
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  7. Blandboy

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    What does this have to do with the OP’s question? Is your MIL planning to car pool with khardbored ?
     
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    If she's totaled 5 cars in 10 years it's more likely the insurance company is robbing her just for the permission to keep a slip of paper that says she has the most minimal coverage available on the car.
     
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  9. ArgentCy

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    Describe badly, can you sit there and watch it drip? All the time or just when running or right afterwards?
     
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    I highly doubt it’s a mixture of oil and fuel. If that’s the case it probably wouldn’t be running at all.
     
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    I have no idea about the gas leak, but the oil leak could be a bad oil drain plug gasket. I had that happen to my car a few months ago. Pretty much the cheapest oil leak fix you can have.
     
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    I wonder if its really oil and coolant combined that you are seeing. That would indicated a pretty significant issue inside the engine.
     
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    Italian micro-cars with two stroke engines suck.
     
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    This

    Have a 2000 Buick Century that started dumping coolant a little over a month back.

    OP, what color is it?
     
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  16. DurangoCy

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    Bummer - I'd get it in to the shop for some diagnostics, if you can't figure out where it's leaking and what kind of fluid it's puking.

    in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for deer and little old ladies crossing the road to hit and hopefully total your car.
     
  17. cyrocksmypants

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    Sounds like it’s probably leaking.
     
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    Is it possible to take a picture so we could better diagnose the situation? Sorry, super amateur shade tree mechanic here.

    I'm still on a high from changing the rear pinion seal on my f150 the other day. First time taking off a drive shaft on a vehicle myself. A lot of these jobs are more intimidating than they are actually challenging.
     
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    Is Honda and Toyota now working together to create the CRV or something? I don't believe that model exists.
     
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    Which also requires paying in cash....
     
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