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      09-28-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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Is this normal? Oil on exhaust tips

Only mods are rpi scoops and an akra slip on. after driving a bit spiritedly I noticed oil on each of my exhaust tips. after cleaning up the tips a bit I noticed that it was a good amount of straight oil and not just carbon buildup. No CEL and the car is behaving normally. Does this happen for anyone else? Is it a reason to go to the dealer? Thanks (sorry for the large pics)


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      09-29-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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If thats oil then not normal
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that looks like water on a dirty tip to me. Its also on the sides.. oil wouldnt just find its way up the side of the tip like that.
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      09-29-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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If that is oil then you have a big problem. Do you know how much oil you are consuming currently? It could be an issue with a piston ring (worst case). It may be a bad exhaust valve seal. I would get the car checked out as soon as possible.
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I don't think oil would ever make it through the cats unless the engine was dumping it like crazy lol. Probably just water.
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      09-29-2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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As others have said, you sure it's not condensation? Soot is totally normal but oil is not, but check that it really is oil.
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if that's oil. better get that car to the shop ASAP! but looks like just condensation.
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OP i dont think you touch it... it looks water to me... i have the same exhaust and when driving at a high temperature weather i get the same thing but its water not oil
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Give it the taste test.
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OP - There is definitely something wrong with your exhaust. Pack it up and send it to me for testing, I'll let you know the results in a few months.
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OP - There is definitely something wrong with your exhaust. Pack it up and send it to me for testing, I'll let you know the results in a few months.
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OP - There is definitely something wrong with your exhaust. Pack it up and send it to me for testing, I'll let you know the results in a few months.
I was gonna say the same thing but send it to me....
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I don't think that's oil. If it is, get it checked ASAP.
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I don't think oil would ever make it through the cats unless the engine was dumping it like crazy lol. Probably just water.
+1 I would clean the exhaust really well... then try to absorb some of the liquid on a rag and see if it is in fact oil or water. i think the latter
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Its not oil.
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i highly doubt it was water but I could be wrong. I cleaned it off with my fingers and definitely felt and looked like oil. I'm burning through about a quart every 4-5k. It hasn't happened again since that day and I cleaned up the tips to see what comes back
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If it was oil it would never fully dry. I say soot + condensation.
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For an engine to push sufficient oil through the exhaust valves, down the headers, through the cat and silencers to arrive at the tips you would be using a qrt every 10 miles - but way before that you would be getting a dash full of warning lights about emission failures and clouds of blue smoke when the engine was running.
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I don't think oil would ever make it through the cats unless the engine was dumping it like crazy lol
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For an engine to push sufficient oil through the exhaust valves, down the headers, through the cat and silencers to arrive at the tips you would be using a qrt every 10 miles - but way before that you would be getting a dash full of warning lights about emission failures and clouds of blue smoke when the engine was running.
Absolutely. 1 qt every 4-5k would never do this.
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No way that is oil.....
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