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I have a 2004 L322 4.4 petrol with 77k miles. A few weeks ago the car started leaving oil spots on the driveway. I took the car to the local garage (not LR specialists) and they thought it was the valve cover gaskets, so I had them replaced. However, the car is still leaking oil but not as bad as before. The PCV hoses are in good condition and the engine is not pressurising and the car does not seem to be dripping oil when running, but leaves it when stationary. On the ramp, taking the rubber bung from the bottom of the bell housing, you can see oil inside, and the gear wheel seems to be flicking it about. It appears that the oil is falling to the bottom of the belhousing (inside) and then dripping out over time. The question is, where is the oil coming from?

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J
 

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There are two oil drain hoses that run along the top of the bell housing, both have been known to leak. One is small diameter from the PCV and the other is short, but larger hose from the cyclone separator.

It could also just be residual, if there was a significant amount in the bell housing from the valve covers.
 

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Thanks for your reply - I'll try & get in there and take a look at the pipes - I know they are attached at the PCV but not yet managed to see the other end... I need to buy a mirror! I was slightly worried that it could be the rear main seal - should I be worried?
 

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The hoses I;m talking about, are not the ones on top of the motor. They are best inspected from below or with the intake manifold removed. They are along the passenger's side of the top of the bellhousing.
 

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Who changes your oil? The oil pan on the RR is aluminum. And for whatever reason when your typical mechnic changes your oil they strip out the oil pan nut from over tightening. PDX rovers did this to our Range Rover and then installed a slightly larger oil bolt. They claim it just wears out which is utter BS. So I had to buy a new oil pan plate that came with a new drain bolt. Mine was leaking from here until I got it changed.
 
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