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Old 03-22-2012, 10:47 AM   #51
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My 2010 SS leaked drops of oil last summer and brought in to the dealer and they replaced a gasket, noticed the leak again when I took the car out of garage storage and dealer is now replacing the oil cooler block but they have to order the part and keep the car overnight. I am really surprised they do not have these parts in stock, but I hope this fixes the problem.

If this problem continues will they still work on this under warranty even when the warranty expires ?
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:10 PM   #52
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Mine goes in in the AM for this same scenario....they did an oil change and found the issue...they are leaning to the oil cooler as the source...is this new oil cooler gasket an upgrade from the OEM...or just a replacement of the same one.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:32 PM   #53
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Mine is in right now. At first he said the rear seal was leaking. But I pointed out other leaks and the oil cooler was leaking the worst. He replaced the oil cooler and put dye through the engine. Ran it and said it was good to go. the cooler must have been spraying oil back making the rear look like it was leaking. He was ready to pull the trans out before I pointed out the oil cooler.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:29 AM   #54
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It will look just like the rear main and pan are leaking. Which they could be, but the only way to actually diagnose it correctly is - clean everything off, add dye, drive it a couple miles, then check with the blue light on where the dye is actually seeping out. And if it's the cooler, don't bother with the seals and gaskets, going to need a new cooler.

If the bill doesn't have leak detection dye on it, they have no clue how to diagnose an oil leak.

My '10 took three tries to actually get the dealer to fix it right. The 3rd attempt where the oil cooler was replaced, along with using dye, actually fixed it. A couple tries with seals and gaskets were wastes of time. Something is feckered up with the coolers.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:08 AM   #55
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Ghost78, after your base bumper to bumper or powertrain warranties are over you also get a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty on replacement parts and labor when you pay for both from your dealer. If you buy the part from your dealer you get a warranty on the part and not the labor. Hopefully it doesn't come to that and your dealer can get this taken care of for you.

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Old 03-23-2012, 03:57 PM   #56
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Ghost78, after your base bumper to bumper or powertrain warranties are over you also get a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty on replacement parts and labor when you pay for both from your dealer. If you buy the part from your dealer you get a warranty on the part and not the labor. Hopefully it doesn't come to that and your dealer can get this taken care of for you.

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The oil cooler and any part of the drive train should be covered for 5 years or 100k miles. Am I mistaken?
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:10 PM   #57
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well they replaced the oil cooler block and took the car for a test drive and it is still leaking oil and now they are going to let one of the mechanics who does engine work take a look at the problem but not until early next week so the car has to stay in the shop over the weekend. Very Frustrating !

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Old 03-24-2012, 07:07 AM   #58
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This is what GM has to say about the oil leaks and the manual transmission issue..."Nope, No TSB on either of those" .".We have yet to see an engine leaking any oil"....and "we are unable to duplicate customer concerns about the transmission issue"
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:12 PM   #59
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After 1 week in the shop I finally got my car back. Turns out it had a cracked oil cooler core at the lower oil port also oil pan gasket was leaking. Funny,the tech at my dealer called GM Technical assistance and was told that oil pan gaskets are not common for this engine.

Anyway I will be keeping an eye out for any leaks
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:28 PM   #60
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Dammit. I just looked under mine and sure enough, the oil cooler has a drop of oil on it and looks identical to the OPs picture. Looks like I'm another lucky winner here. I'm going to call the dealer tomorrow.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:31 PM   #61
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Just had some gears installed at ADM and he pointed out the oil cooler leak plus an oil pan leak. Andy said it was real common an he pretty much checks everyones that comes in.

I am super worried about taking it to a dealer but looks like I may have no choice. I'll probably take it in next week and keep my fingers crossed something else doesn't get screwed up.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:14 AM   #62
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UPDATE 1: I went to the dealer and they looked over the oil cooler and the rest of the common areas that leak. They confirmed what I already know and they told me that they have to follow a repair procedure for the oil cooler leak issue. The first step is to replace the gasket and two O rings. If that fails, then they replace the entire cooler. They don't have to empty the oil pan and they always place Mobil 1 in Camaros and Corvettes. They estimate that they will spill about a quart of oil during the process.

I go back next Monday for the gasket/O ring replacement. They told me I could wait for the repair to be done. They estimated about an hour and a half. I'm sure some of this time is to allow the car to cool down some before starting the job.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:28 AM   #63
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Anyone tried replacing the oil cooler gaskets yourself? I don't like the dealer touching my car. Especially when it comes to drivetrain issues. I will if I have to but from initial looks it doesn't seem like it would be too bad.....messy but not hard.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:20 AM   #64
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Anyone tried replacing the oil cooler gaskets yourself? I don't like the dealer touching my car. Especially when it comes to drivetrain issues. I will if I have to but from initial looks it doesn't seem like it would be too bad.....messy but not hard.
If your car was cold (like sitting overnight) you could be done with the process in 15 minutes. It's not hard at all. Your problem comes later if the leak comes back and you run into complications with your warranty. The oil cooler is a 500 dollar item. I'd rather have the dealer handle it so that I don't have any unforseen warranty issues. It's not worth the risk of a dealer saying that you caused the problem when you messed with it so they're not touching it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:01 AM   #65
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Don't even bother with the o rings and gaskets. The leakers need a new cooler. Been there, done that, several times.

Do that before messing with the pan, because the cooler leak will make it look like the pan is also leaking.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:00 AM   #66
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Don't even bother with the o rings and gaskets. The leakers need a new cooler. Been there, done that, several times.

Do that before messing with the pan, because the cooler leak will make it look like the pan is also leaking.
I printed out and showed this thread to the dealer. I pointed out that the cooler should be replaced to fix it for good. They didn't care. They said they must follow the process and the first step is the gaskets and O rings. If that doesn't fix it, you can be sure I will raise hell for wasting my time.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:56 PM   #67
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Rear main seal leak

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Ghost78, after your base bumper to bumper or powertrain warranties are over you also get a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty on replacement parts and labor when you pay for both from your dealer. If you buy the part from your dealer you get a warranty on the part and not the labor. Hopefully it doesn't come to that and your dealer can get this taken care of for you.

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If your rear main seal is replaced, the manual tranny will be dropped. I'm thinking this may damage the tranny and the exhaust system if not put back to spec's. Is there anything we can do or check to make certain all is OK. Thank you for your help.

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I'm sorry George. I would have any ideas on what to check. I'm not a mechanic so I wouldn't be able to tell what to check or how to check it or how to tell if I checked what could be wrong. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:27 PM   #69
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My 2010 ls3 has a leaking oil cooler as well. Called the dealer today.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:06 AM   #70
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I had the gaskets replaced last Friday. I backed the car out this morning and what do I see on the floor? Yep. An oil spot the size of a dime. A quick picture taken under the car showed a drip hanging off the frame cross member.

This means one of two things. Either they got oil inside the relief cuts in the frame and some dripped out or the cooler is leaking again from a different spot.

I called the dealer and I will be going under the car this evening after work to see what I can find.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:42 PM   #71
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Man, I just went through this entire thread and I am thinking, WTF IS WRONG WITH GM!

I have just over 3K on mine, pulled it out of the garage this morning and there was a pool of oil about 12 inches wide. This afternoon, I put her up on ramps and climbed under with the light trying to figure out where its coming from. Fine sheen of oil on the undercar was found but no source. I'm letting it sit overnight with cardboard under it so I can locate where the drops are coming from.

Then it's going to the dealer so there is no futsing around.

I'll tell you, this really makes GM look bad. The Monte Carlo fiasco with the 3.8 leak with them catching fire and their fix was a piece of tin to direct the oil leak away from the exhaust manifold instead of fixing the leak was an absolute insult. Here we go again. OK done venting for now.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:02 PM   #72
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To address older posts, I would never just let a leak slide until it gets worse. That's just ludacris. Your motor's compression has been comprimised and should be repaired. Really, what's the hang up with just fixing it? Yeah not everyone has an afternoon to lay on there backs, but stock chevy's are leakers. So get used to it. To continue, I'm all for wrenching on your own ride, I do it when I can afford to. But if you have a warranty, take it to a local chevy dealer who had a GOOD local reputation. What's zero plus zero really; you paid the ridiculous amount of money - it comes with the car - if it's not under warranty, you can take it elsewhere to get fixed cheaper with the posssiblilty of better non-OEM parts? I've done it the hard way and have been through 3 dealers so far and finally found one worth revisiting for now. 13 years wrenching on the pavement in a midwestern winter is for the damn birds. You just gotta have your research done and talk directly to your mechanic, cause alot of these service writers don't have a clue. I'd reccomend asking for the tech who is the certified corvette specialist-the service dept by me has one (at least he worked on both my camaros)- and request him everytime you bring it. At least you know your not just getting some douche who's tooling on Aveos all day and works with high compression engines. Taking my car in for the third time tomorrow for oil cooler & seal problems. Have had the car 8-9 months.
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They all do it!
Sounds like a recall to me! Or GM can look at a class action lawsuit and it should be pretty easy to gather names, just look at all the posts.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:07 AM   #74
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The oil cooler is still leaking even after all the gaskets and o-rings were replaced. It's going in for a new cooler this time. It sucks that I have to waste yet another vacation day to deal with this.
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just took my car in they are changing oil cooler and oil pan ...
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