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Hidden Oil Weep

This bulletin applies to 2014 Chrysler 200 vehicles equipped with a 3.6L engine, built on or before Jan. 20, 2014. The customer may comment about a loss of oil, low oil, oil weep or oil consumption.

Before performing normal diagnostics, check for oil pooling in the engine valley under the lower intake manifold. This area may hold almost a quart of oil and not readily show any signs of oil weeping. It may be hard to visually inspect this area. Using a long wood dowel, insert it into the engine valley in front of or next to the oil filter housing, until the dowel bottoms out on the valley floor.

Remove the dowel and check if there is about 10 mm of oil covering the tip of the dowel. If oil is found to be pooling in this area, the oil filter housing may need to be replaced. Note that a small amount of oil may be found on the dowel tip which may have simply resulted from oil dripping from a previous filter removal during a recent oil filter change.

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