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Old 12-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Is the oil cooler braided pipes weeping normal?

Hi all,

I new 2012 T100, 2300km on the clock. I happened to wipe a finger along the braided line while doing some cleaning and it came away black.
Checked all connections but no leaks. Is it normal for these braided lines to just weep oil?

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Hi all,

I new 2012 T100, 2300km on he clock. I happened to wipe a finger along the braided line while doing some cleaning and it came away black.
Checked all connections but no leaks. Is it normal for these braided lines to just weep oil?

Is it actually oil or could it be "cosmoline" (coating used for post assembly/shipping corrosion protection) that did not get totally washed off in the dealer prep? That stuff will get down in all the nooks and crannies and if not thoroughly cleaned off/out, will weep as it heats up...
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Actually maybe it's not oil. Seeing that it is black, sort of like soot, my oil is clean so it must be something burnt to be black.
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Yes, Mine done that from day one.....I have covered the hose with black ribbed split plastic tubing that auto electricians use to run multiple wiring in .I was concerned about it when I first discovered it, but it has never ever dripped oil and I don't even think about it anymore. Problem solved!..
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They must just do that.
Mine are always black too.
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sure its not brake dust from the front pads
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yup, got black sooty crud here too......
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I have it too, it's just accumulating dirt. It also accumulates on the clutch and speedo cables, etc.
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Thanks for the input guys!

I just went out to the garage and took another swipe with my finger, very black, sooty and no smell to it. I don't think it's simply dirt, there was really nothing but dust on the cables. Very puzzling ....
I'll bet the 2013's with the solid pipes don't have it.
Not a big deal I guess, just another regular cleaning task to keep her looking her best.
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It's the soot that is in the air from everyone's exhaust, along with the usual dust, dirt, and brake dust.
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