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  1. Citadel

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    I noticed a small amount of clear/ slightly brown fluid on the garage floor under the passenger side front of the car... Kinda directly under the passenger footwell/ dash area. It feels a bit oily to the touch.
    Any ideas?
    It showed up when I got the car back from the dealer, they installed carbon front wings in the front bumper...
    I looked at the brake fluid reservoir in the front trunk and it is full.

    Ideas?

    Car has less than 3k miles.

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  3. IloveGT

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    looks like engine oil
     
  4. PMiranda

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    I don't really have an answer, but not seeing any ohers I'll speculate:
    Power steering fluid wouldn't be brown.
    AC condensation would be normal, but aside from road grime I don't think it should feel very oily.
    If you can get it on a lift you might be able to easily see where it's coming from.
     
  5. Il Co-Pilota

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    Considering the location, I'd say one of the following.

    Brake fluid
    Shock fluid
    Power steering fluid

    It most certainly should not be there.

    Has more come out after you wiped it up?

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    Did you forget already that they put the motor in the back on the 458? hehe :)

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  11. IloveGT

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    what!? 458 is mid engine layout!?

    hahaha! now I just reread it. it's the front passagener side.

    sorry, op, I didn't know wtf I was talking about!
     
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  13. Il Co-Pilota

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    Hm. An 8 year old car with 3k miles on it. I'm thinking dried out seals or hoses somewhere. No car like to sit unused.

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    Di you stick your hand in it ?(why not?) Did you smell oil ? Did it feel like oil ?
     
  15. Citadel

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    I did touch it and it was a bit slick... vs feeling like water.
     
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    no suspension lift on the car
     
  17. mdrums

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    Is the oil cooler up front on the car? If so could be engine oil leak from oil line going to cooler up front
     
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    Radiators up front, oil coolers in the back.

    My guess would be a leaky brake caliper or maybe power steering union.

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  19. PMiranda

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    Could still be shock fluid. Wouldn't be very much fluid. Oil cooler leak would probably be a bigger puddle?
     
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    Usually slippery is brake fluid.

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    Yeah, could be a leaking shock all right. However, usually so little leaks that it never makes it to the ground (you generally just find fluid around the top area of the coil over). But it's certainly one possible culprit.

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  22. Il Co-Pilota

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    No. As Ray pointed out, the oil cooler itself sits in the back. Only water goes up front and this water is circulated through the oil cooler in the back.
     
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  23. Il Co-Pilota

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    Make sure it is clean underneath. Start up the car and let it sit and idle for 5 minutes, Check and see if it is clean underneath still. Turn the steering wheel lock to lock at least 10 times with the car running and revs at about 1200-1500. If you have two pieces of cardboard or heavy gauge photo style printer paper, place it underneath the front tyres if you are on a garage floor or smooth surface. It will make it much easier on the tyres and rack when you turn back and forth.
    Check and see if fluid is present underneath the car.
     
  24. Citadel

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    Dealer reviewed the car. Removed all the panels and everything was dry and clean. Inspected the steering rack, radiator, shocks and headlight washers but no fluid was leaking. Maybe it was just the AC condensation.... I'll keep monitoring
     

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