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      02-24-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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Leak....:-? please identify

I noticed a leak of some kind on my driveway today when I got home and went to pick my wife up.

I does not look like oil. It looks like coolant or trans fluid. Its coming from the location in this pic. Can anyone please identify this.

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Is there a puddle? What color was the fluid? Any distinct smells?
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Hard to tell from this angle, but does it look like this?



That's what it used to look like under my DCT transmission - there's a plastic/felt cover underneath it which will soak up any leak (and look stained in the process).

If you have a DCT, you have the DCT oil pan leak. I had mine fixed by BMW NA at 55k miles.
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Hard to tell from this angle, but does it look like this?



That's what it used to look like under my DCT transmission - there's a plastic/felt cover underneath it which will soak up any leak (and look stained in the process).

If you have a DCT, you have the DCT oil pan leak. I had mine fixed by BMW NA at 55k miles.
It almost looks blue is but hard to tell. Smell a little like gas but very hard to tell as well. How much to fix this and can car still be driven minimally?

And yes exactly under the felt!
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For me, it was very clear but had a very mineral like smell to it. I didn't stop driving the car immediately, because at first I thought it was simply water from condensation, so I'd estimate I put a couple hundred miles and a couple trips before I realized it was more serious. I daily drive my car mind you, and occasionally put 250 miles a day on the car.

I drove the car to the dealership and they determined that not only was the bottom pan leaking, but the mechatronics unit gasket was as well. To replace the side gasket, they had to remove the entire transmission. Total cost including labor was ~$2000 (because of having to remove the transmission).

If you only have to replace the bottom pan, this is much less expensive and will run you <$500.

For me, my car had gone 5000 miles outside of the 50k warranty. But after talking to BMW NA, I had the entire repair goodwilled, with the exception of me shelling out a couple hundred dollars for an additional gasket (since the transmission was out, I had it replaced pre-emptively). Your mileage may vary.

At 77k miles now and not a single problem since.
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Leave a pan or something under the car to collect some of the fluid then someone can better identify it...if it's blue I believe that's coolant
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Coolant = Blue .
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I can't see the fluid but blue is coolant
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I can't tell that its blue for sure but its coming from under the felt. When i touch it the color is grey. Do DCT pans go when its really cold. Im In NY and it been very cold this year plus my drive is about 2 miles to the train station. So not sure my engine is warming up. I did put in 0w40 to help this issue.

I guess i need another DD
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For me, it was very clear but had a very mineral like smell to it. I didn't stop driving the car immediately, because at first I thought it was simply water from condensation, so I'd estimate I put a couple hundred miles and a couple trips before I realized it was more serious. I daily drive my car mind you, and occasionally put 250 miles a day on the car.

I drove the car to the dealership and they determined that not only was the bottom pan leaking, but the mechatronics unit gasket was as well. To replace the side gasket, they had to remove the entire transmission. Total cost including labor was ~$2000 (because of having to remove the transmission).

If you only have to replace the bottom pan, this is much less expensive and will run you <$500.

For me, my car had gone 5000 miles outside of the 50k warranty. But after talking to BMW NA, I had the entire repair goodwilled, with the exception of me shelling out a couple hundred dollars for an additional gasket (since the transmission was out, I had it replaced pre-emptively). Your mileage may vary.

At 77k miles now and not a single problem since.

Thanks man!!

I think you are right on the money. I am taking it to my local bimmer shop MNC performance in ocean side tonight after work. He says it will be probably 1k and change to replace the pan and gaskets. The guy said its a common problem at my mileage 45k...

Does anyone think cold weather was a contributing factor in causing this leak?

oh well, what can you do right...
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DCT?
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yep DCT
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I don't know about cold weather, for me, it was dead in the middle of the summer in CA when mine went.

They might have to top it off with transmission fluid too - which is fairly expensive on its own as well.
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When my DCT had a leak fixed they added .3 liters of fluid as well.
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The common DCT fluid leak. Fluid should be a yellowish/brownish color. Be sure to check the cooler lines for leaks as well on the drivers side of the trans. These are common leak areas as well.
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Could be yer rod bearings.
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