How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask gomi_otaku Your Own Question

gomi_otaku
gomi_otaku, VW Technician
Category: VW
Satisfied Customers: 2728
Experience:  VW FastTrack '00-'01, VW Academy Chicago and Seattle '00-present, VW Certified
12249065
Type Your VW Question Here...
gomi_otaku is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

97 VW Jetta: 2.0 engine: motor oil leak..oil filter..tight..bracket

Customer Question

For a '97 VW Jetta, 2.0 engine: motor oil leak leaving an oil drip trail everywhere. The car BEEPS. Checked the plug and oil filter - made sure they were tight - I see that the oil comes/squirts from between the Oil cooler and Oil Filter bracket (or casing unit - don't know what it's called). The discount parts store don't carry this Oil seal - the dealer says they a seal AND a gasket.     QUESTION: If I replace the seal, will this stop the oil leak? The dealer told me about a gasket -- Do you agree there is a gasket that i should also replace? Is this job complicated?   Can I do it myself? More BACKGROUND on the leak:   Yes, it has been leaking before -- but only small amounts - I thought it was because i did not tighten the filter. 3 months ago, I accidently overfilled because the orange dipstick base was not pushed down all the way - and it showed less than there really was - I drained the extra oil 1 month ago only after the car BEEPED. The BEEP stopped until today's oill eak
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Ivan replied 6 years ago.

HelloCustomer first things first. If there is a gasket and a seal on top of the oil filter adapter, replace them both. Secondly, can you do it yourself. Absolutely. Take the filter off and visually you will see the bolts that hold it on. Remove it, clean the area, replace the seals and reassemble. It should take you less than an hour to do so. If that is leaking, that is a loss of oil pressure and that could be contributing to the leak. Replace them and you should be in good shape.

 

Your JA Expert,

Ivan

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Ivan -- Thank your for your quick response -- I also posted more "info" on the optional section. Please let me know if your ANSWER changes based on that information. Also, to clarify -- I am looking the seal between oil cooler and oil bracket (or casing) -- Thanks for your guidance!
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The oil filter screws onto the oil cooler and the oil cooler is bolted to the oil filter bracket. Please let me know if I am still on the right track
Expert:  Ivan replied 6 years ago.

Got it. Get every seal related to that cooler. Clean the lines and the engine thoroughly so you can spot if there is a crack in any of the components. Use brakeclean since it evaporates and will do a better job cleaning. After you replace everything, make sure the oil is full and have someone else start the car while you are underneath with a light, watching that area. Look for the first signs of any leak. If nothing, your done, If there's something, if you catch it straight away, you'll be able to locate it's origin.

 

You are absolutely on the right track.

Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 6 years ago.

There is one seal between the oil cooler and the bracket. You need a 27mm socket to take off the cooler- it has to be deep enough to fit over the threaded tube that the filter mounts to. The seal has a small tab on each side, that fits over the small posts on the back (upper) side of the oil cooler- you can mount it to any two of the posts, as long as they are directly across from each other.

The oil filter contains the other seal for this system, between the filter and the oil cooler- make sure when you replace filters that the old one doesn't get left behind stuck to the cooler, and lube the new filter with oil before putting it on. That is what makes this seal leak, filters get stuck on and when they are turned the oil cooler turns with the filter, loosening the nut.

gomi_otaku, VW Technician
Category: VW
Satisfied Customers: 2728
Experience: VW FastTrack '00-'01, VW Academy Chicago and Seattle '00-present, VW Certified
gomi_otaku and 6 other VW Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
< Last | Next >
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
  • Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff. Jim Castleberry, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • vwnewton

    VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced

    Satisfied Customers:

    307
    25 years of VW obsession turned into a job, last 15 years as a VW Tech.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/vwnewton/2008-12-27_221405_JA_avatar.jpg vwnewton's Avatar

    vwnewton

    VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced

    Satisfied Customers:

    307
    25 years of VW obsession turned into a job, last 15 years as a VW Tech.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/audidoc/2008-12-23_175252_headshot.jpg VWDoc's Avatar

    VWDoc

    Independent VW Shop owner

    Satisfied Customers:

    1713
    20 years of experience working with VW's. Independent European shop owner and technician.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/35/350matt/2012-6-7_182356_matsavatr.64x64.jpg Matt's Avatar

    Matt

    Engineer

    Satisfied Customers:

    506
    Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience in the auto industry, 8 yrs in formula 1 engine testing
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CA/carbezerk/2011-3-13_103612_SAM0048.64x64.JPG Martin's Avatar

    Martin

    auto electrical

    Satisfied Customers:

    475
    South African Trade Diploma in Auto Electrical
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/terocoga/2009-08-17_050126_015.JPG RobJackson's Avatar

    RobJackson

    VW Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    416
    Started working in VW/Audi dealership in 1999. 2009 Registered and Certified VW Tech. ASE Master
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TI/tim37857/2011-10-28_23053_S6301814.64x64.JPG Tim's Auto Repair's Avatar

    Tim's Auto Repair

    mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    397
    Have owned a repair shop for 25 yrs.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RO/rodcuda/2011-7-25_224114_Donhoff1.64x64.JPG Neal's Avatar

    Neal

    VW Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    391
    Shop owner and experienced in most brands.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A VW Mechanic
gomi_otaku
gomi_otaku
Auto Technician (dealership)
2320 Satisfied Customers
VW FastTrack '00-'01, VW Academy Chicago and Seattle '00-present, VW Certified