Watery oil spot

Asked by Jun 24, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 2009 Volkswagen. Beetle.ooo and I noticed
that when its parked for awhile there looks to be oil on
ground.We have had alot of rain here and been thru alot of
puddles- is it possible that water got into the oil pan? It looks
watery and I didn't notice it before. My car runns good-Im
gonna take to VW but just wanted to get advice.

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It would be pretty tough for water to "splash" its way into an oil pan. Maybe if the oil filler cap was off and the hood was open with a big funnel... more likely splashed rain water washed accumulated oil and grease off the engine as it was parked. But to know for certain you'll have to check the oil in the pan for signs of water contamination, and check the coolant for signs of oil contamination. If you have either, it's more likely you have a blown head gasket - of course you would see other signs of a bad engine if that were the case. You're doing the right thing, taking it in for a checkup.

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