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When i pulled on my drive last night i noticed a line of oil up the
street ,i tried to see where it was coming from and looks like from the
back of the engine drivers side .when i checked the dipstick there was
only about a litre left in the engine so i topped the engine up with oil
and started it and sounds fine the compression is ok to no lack of
power to the water and oil does not look mixed either any ideas thanks
 

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ive checked it no oil coming out of the pipe ,not sure if there any seals at the back of the engine
 

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right thanks, will need to get on a ramp tomorrow then!
i lost an enginesworth of oil on the way back from the petrol station, could the cold have ripped a seal or pipe do you think?
 

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cant see it being a blown headgasket or cracked blocked as the compression is ok still drives with normal power .the oil is around then dipstick area
 

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I could sort a sump out if you needed one.....Got the one off my 1.4.

I doubt it would be a cracked block or headgasket.

Chances are, if its round the dipstick, it will be a breather issue. Which is why im drawing so much attention to the pipe into the airbox and the little black box behind the engine.
 

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would 3 litres of oil come out of there in a short distance 2 miles ,was freezing temp last night weather that had anything to do with it ,what is the box on the back connected from
 

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I've just had exactly the same problem today with my wifes 1.4s. She mentioned it had just started smelling of oil and ask me to check it out. Too dark and cold for me to have a good look but after a quick check I can see its thrown oil on the back of the engine and bulkhead. It does sound like a breather pipe problem as engine runs lovely and quiet with no lack in performance. Have topped the oil back up and will use it for my very short trip to work tomorrow. It seems very odd that so many 1.4s are suffering this at the moment, could it be due to the below freezing temps?
 

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I've had a quick look but can't see any leaks but plenty of evidence of leaked oil on bulkhead. I pulled off the top of the breather hose and that seemed ok but couldn't reach the other end but what I could feel felt fine with no splits or blockages. After the car being parked up over night there wasn't one drip of oil on the drive/snow and after the short trip to work it didn't leave any where it was parked. Have done about 20miles now and all seams fine (dip stick levels not dropped since topping up) but somethings obviously wrong for it to have done this so will investigate further when I get more time.
 
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