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Old 02-17-2017, 09:26 AM   #1
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Could this be considered a cracked upper oil pan? Replacement necessary? Discovered this on my way to the rear main seal while replacing clutch. (pics rotated incorrectly, sorry)
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It looks kind of like hairline spidering as if the motor was dropped or took one monster of a speedbump. I have no PO history or maintenance records. The PO didn't even know the owners manual was under the steering wheel. It's entirely possible the motor had been out of the chassis before as it appears as though an enthusiast owned it at one point. stoptech BBK, h-sport sway bars f/r, AWE transmission cross brace etc. Anyone seen this condition on an aluminum upper pan before? Does the C5 allroad forum get many replies these days? Is it against the rules to also post in the 2.7t and A6 forums? I'm already over my time limit for this project...
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Is it leaking noticeably? If yes than replace it. If no than don"t **** with it.
Always good words to live by.
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Is it leaking noticeably? If yes than replace it. If no than don"t **** with it.
Always good words to live by.
it's hard to tell. the clutch slave recently popped it's cap and puked it's fluid inside the bellhousing. the entire outside of the pan and inside of splash shields were also caked with oil and road grime. but your suggestion has been duely noted. I've cleaned a bunch of gunk out of the PCV system and I can always just do the valve cover and cam seals with the motor in the car so, back in it goes.

thanks 4xaudi. not sure if that was what i needed to hear but it was absolutely what I wanted to hear. Ive never owned a vehicle that was such a pleasure to drive while being such a PITA to work on.
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