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      01-02-2014, 04:03 PM   #1
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What part of a car is this? (BMW 323i Wagon)

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My uncle has a 250k miles 323i. I'm asking on this e90 forum because I have an e90 and so this is the forum I belong to.

He's about to drive home to Florida (1,122 miles) and he is leaking fluid on my driveway. I wanted to know if this is something he should have looked at before he drives home.

Here's the leak- its right behind the front wheel. Is that the rear main seal leaking oil? or is that part of the tranny?

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You have found no oil higher up on the engine, have you ? All oil leaks eventually end-up dripping from that area.

If the top of the engine is clean, It looks like an oil pan gasket or a rear main seal. Both can be driven, as far as you do not spill all your oil in a single day that is.
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Great thanks! I really appreciate it. Thats what I thought, so I'll let him drive home tomorrow and tell him to keep his eye on the oil. Thanks!
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