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2007 S has front passenger oil leak and odd noise

Hello.

I'm starting here because I don't trust dealerships as a starting point.

Anyway, I noticed a very small collection of oil drops on my garage floor. Its originating on the front passenger side. But my oil level is fine. Maybe not enough has dripped to register yet?

Also, I have two other issues. One is the the metal on metal click that I hear when I shift into gear and start moving. It waits until I start moving. If I let off the throttle and hit it again I hear the click. This has me thinking u-joint bearings or something? Just guessing.

Lastly, when I turn my at low speeds I can hear this noise coming from underneath that sounds like what I'd describe as an old, creeky sailing ship straining at sea. You know the sound I mean?

I don't mean to sound dramatic, but this is a lot of crap to have happen all at once after only 85,000.

Any help is appreciated.

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Check the oil cooler. It can be found at the base of the oil filter. The gasket, where it mates to the block, is known to leak. It is a relatively easy and inexpensive repair.

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Awesome. I hope that's al it is.

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as for the sound when you turn, do you also hear it when you get on/off the gas? and does it sound like a metal grinding sound? if so, then it may be a wheel bearing, my front pass side went at 99k miles. about 2k miles after i got the car.

The metal on metal clicking may be a timing chain tensioner, i heard its common to break/wear down on these muranos. hope this was helpful

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i second the oil cooler for leak, and prob strut mount(s) for the noise. if not strut mounts, then ball joint.

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I just replaced a rusty oil pan on my 06. Oil cooler adapter was fine, but there was a small rust spot that made it all the way through.

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The oil pressure switch that sticks out the back of the oil pan is also something to look at.

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Hello.

I'm starting here because I don't trust dealerships as a starting point.

Anyway, I noticed a very small collection of oil drops on my garage floor. Its originating on the front passenger side. But my oil level is fine. Maybe not enough has dripped to register yet?

Also, I have two other issues. One is the the metal on metal click that I hear when I shift into gear and start moving. It waits until I start moving. If I let off the throttle and hit it again I hear the click. This has me thinking u-joint bearings or something? Just guessing.

Lastly, when I turn my at low speeds I can hear this noise coming from underneath that sounds like what I'd describe as an old, creeky sailing ship straining at sea. You know the sound I mean?

I don't mean to sound dramatic, but this is a lot of crap to have happen all at once after only 85,000.

Any help is appreciated.
Since the Transfer Case is located on the passenger side, maybe you have a leaking TC, check for seepage around the axle seal. The TC only hold 310 ml of oil and if the TC runs dry, you're looking at repair bill in the thousand. I hope it is not your TC.
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if TC is leaking, you will smell burn, most of the time it drips to the cat... you will smell sweet smell from your heater..(that's how I figured out)

I have the same issue with oil dripping and way it looks and location, it's from where oil filter is. so take the cover off from wheelwell, take a look under the oil filter.

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