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      01-03-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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Are you leaky? Power Steering, Brake, Engine Oil?

I continue to read countless posts about people boiling over at the track, or ill-fitting engine oil caps that allow oil to seap or drip. I've had my car for 1 month since re-delivery and appear to have engine oil blow by at the cap - looks like a spray/splatter paterrn rather than a drip. My car is fitted with the type 2 cap, which apparently doesn't work any better than the type 1 unit.


Two thoughts:
  1. Is anyone using this BMW sock on any of their reservoirs? I think it looks tits compared to the old gym sock I see some people zip-tying on their cars. Plus, at $9.99 it's not "M3 Priced".
  2. If you have used it, does it stretch enough to go under the neck of the engine oil cap? I would think so, but haven't tried it. Thoughts on this or alternative solutions? Would be great to just have a cap that works, but absent of that...
Side joke: Did your fluid leak during ED?



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Alright since there is so much interest, I'm going to place an order for 7,000 of them. They're coming from China and should be here by April 1st. Stay classy San Diego.
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      01-03-2013, 10:54 PM   #3
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Don't really have much of a problem with the oil cap. I don't seem to have any leaks. My problem is with that piece of garbage known as electronic oil level sensor. What was so wrong about a simple f##kin dipstick?

As for the powersteering cap, it's a stupid P.O.S. design. It has an enormous vent hole and that splashes fluid all over the engine bay at the track. Personally I just put some paper towel or toilet paper and tie it with an elastic. I really want to plug the stupid hole but other members on this forum think it's a bad idea without really explaining why that's the case.
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      01-03-2013, 10:56 PM   #4
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why not just replace the gasket?
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      01-04-2013, 12:31 AM   #5
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No leaks anywhere at this time...
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48k+ on my 2008 without any leaks, but I have not tracked the car. Tracking exposes whatever problems are lurking or whatever deficiencies exist.

You could change the oil cap gasket and/or press down a bit on the two cap arms to tighten them a little. I have the early cap, but it has caused me no issues. I know a prettier one came out later and maybe it has improvements in function as well as form.

Oil leaks can be a sign of excess crankcase pressure.
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The oil cap has its own gasket that can easily get pinched or folded if you're not careful. Poor design to be that error-intolerant, if you ask me, but if the gasket hasn't been creased and you tighten the cover correctly, you shouldn't get any oil spillage on the track. If you do, get a replacement from the dealer. Even if you have to pay for it, it's only something like 10-15 dollars.
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I am incontinence-free, other than some power steering fluid at the track

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Two years with a wristband around the p/s and all good.
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I am incontinence-free, other than some power steering fluid at the track

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How about using one of these on the power steering cap?
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Two years with a wristband around the p/s and all good.
Awesome! Which one are you using, just out of curiosity?
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