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Post by Yorkshire pud on Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:54 pm

Noticed this on my 1.4 vitara s. Hope this isn't going to become a bigger problem?Oil leak 1.4 engine Img_2011
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Post by Admin on Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:21 am

Clean it off with aerosol brake cleaner and see if it returns, hopefully it is just a spillage from oil changes or some oil/grease used during assembly that the heat has melted making it more visible as it attracts dirt/dust etc

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Post by Gar Green on Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:56 pm

As Karl said. Clean it off and see if it returns. Are we looking at the rocker ?
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Post by Yorkshire pud on Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:02 pm

Rocker cover is plastic so I would assume it's the head gasket seal that seems to be seeping oil!
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Post by Gar Green on Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:46 pm

Did you have a chance to clean it off ?
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Post by Yorkshire pud on Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:05 pm

Nope, I'm going to leave it while service is due and get it checked out.
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Post by kvadankpakal on Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:35 am

any result pls?

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Post by Yorkshire pud on Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:18 pm

I never mentioned it at service as I forgot all about it.... however I've seen many posts on a japanese facebook group and the cause seems to be the timing chain cover that can weep a bit of oil...if I understood the translation correctly??
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Post by mrgrimsby on Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:46 pm

Does the 1.4 boosterjet engine have a timing chain? Thought it was cam belt?

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Post by Admin on Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:12 pm

Both 1.6 and 1.4 and I believe the 1.0 are chain drive, only the diesel Fiat engine has a cam belt

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Post by mrgrimsby on Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:21 pm

I didn't know that, I'm very happy to hear it though.

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Post by gazupnorth on Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:18 pm

Heard a lot of people say that a chain is better than a belt..... Anyone know why that is???

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Post by Admin on Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:22 pm

A chain does not stretch as much as a rubber belt and therefore does not need replacing as regular
one thing to consider and I have seen in many motorcycle engines is that most cam chain tensioners are oil fed so regular oil changes are a secret to the tensioner not sticking therefore preventing cam chain rattle or failure

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Post by mrgrimsby on Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:38 pm

Would I be correct in saying old cam belts can perish and snap but a chain is very unlikely to snap?

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Post by Admin on Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:51 pm

Cam belts can snap if not replaced at specified intervals be it mileage or age, the biggest problem is that they stretch over time and being rubber you don't get any noise to indicate a problem until it jumps a tooth or snaps and on some engines very expensive consequences
A chain will usually give you an audible rattle indicating something is not quite right

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Post by gazupnorth on Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:40 pm

thanx for the info Karl thumbl

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Post by crozier on Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:54 am

mrgrimsby wrote:Would I be correct in saying old cam belts can perish and snap but a chain is very unlikely to snap?

Very unlikely to snap, but chains can stretch with engine ending consequences. I've owned a few Insignia VXR's (OPC's) and it was a known problem that the chains stretched. You would get a warning on the dash if the timing went out of range. Quite a few V6's smashed themselves to pieces if the warning was ignored.


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Post by Yorkshire pud on Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:58 pm

so im guessing nobody else has this oil leak then Rolling Eyes
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Post by kwikphix328 on Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:08 pm

have you got a wide area shot of the problem area, your photo looks a little too close up.

I will have a look at mine. 22,500 miles on the clock now. 3 years old in July.
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Post by STDI on Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:43 pm

The picture shows the area just beneath the oil dip stick.
Mine is soon three years old and has 87 000 km on the clock. It shows more oil than the picture above but I think it's drops from the dip stick since on my car it's also higher up than in the picture.

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Post by tommyp123 on Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:40 pm

I have a suspected oil leak on my Vitara S also the 1.4 engine. There is oil coming from the bell housing between the engine and gearbox. Its a slow leak and is dripping on the exhaust so get a burning smell too. I am having this checked out soon. Hopefully it wont be a bigger problem than just a seal as I really like this car!

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Post by Yorkshire pud on Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:32 pm

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Hi tommyp123 I think your oil leak could be coming from the drive shaft oil seal on the transfer box...I had a slight leak on mine but was fixed under warranty.
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Post by tommyp123 on Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:42 pm

Hi Yorkshire Pud, I reckon your right to be fair, i was only going by what the mechanic said but from your picture thats directly above the exhaust. Mine has extended warranty, still pretty annoying though. It already had a input shaft seal when it was new. Just hoping its not going to keep letting me down!

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Post by AKC1 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:02 am

I wouldn't worry too much Tommy about future issues.
Out of them all, Suzuki are one of the best for reliability.
Not perfect but as good as it gets in current manufacturing and design procedures.

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Post by tommyp123 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:29 pm

Yeah I traded in two swift sports for it and they never missed a beat. The Vitara has been taken to the workshop now. I work for a Suzuki main dealer which is handy, got a new sx4 as a courtesy car, pretty impressed with that. But its not my Vitara!

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