New here..but not to the Mazda Pro
I have a 2000 1.6 LX with 46,000 miles and have had it since new.
I have always seemed to have a problem when I get the oil changed (I know I should be doing it myself!) that they overfill it according to the dipstick.
The first time it took me a few days to figure it out as I was leaving oil spots and when I had it checked out they found the oil too full and drained about half a quart and the leak went away. Mechanic said it appeared to come from the oil pan seal on the front crank end. This was 3 years ago...
I am now on top of checking before I leave EVEN though I tell them to not use the reference they have, but to check the dipstick.
Fast forward to 2 weeks ago... got the oil changed at a different shop, "suprise" when I checked it was overfilled. Back in the bay...drain about .6 quarts... dipstick checks fine... on my way.
Ever since.... I am getting just enough oil leaked to form a drip only when the car is driven. Not a big deal but annoying. Have checked the dipstick and it is right at the full mark and has not gone down really at all.
From what I can tell it is coming from the front/crank end of the oil pan, not wet above that I can tell using a flashlight and peeking around all sides including the area above and around the crank pulley or on the toothed interrupter gear behind it.
Checked the pcv valve and it appears to be clear...
Is there any way to tell for sure if this is the pan seal on that end and not the front seal?
I would like to get it fixed... but from what I hear the oil pan drop is going to be pretty pricey, and would hate to have it done and then find out it is something else...
Anyone have this prob happen to them...and what was the resolution?
Sorry so long for my first post!