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Oil Smell through Vents - 2010 XJ X351 3.0D


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The new car isn't without its issues, most of which i have sorted out now (no thanks to the dealer) but there is one i cant seem to shift...

There was a horrific smell of burnt oil coming through the vents in the first week, which i put down to oil spillage / leakage in between the banks by the oil filter. Since then i have had the throttle body off, cleaned most of the oil off and rinsed through with some industrial goo and water to sort that out (all over a catch tank for the environmentalists among us!)

What i think this could be is down to a couple of reasons,  - Over tightening of the oil filter housing or under (whichever) , a poor or not replaced seal and a cracked throttle body (which is what i had on my old XF).

However, just like Google doctor, the internet is throwing up all manner of woeful tales about cracked flex joints in the exhaust and doom and gloom..

Has anyone else had anything similar and if so, what was the cure? I love the car, and the colour and the interior spec (black leather with carbon style trim) but i am really starting to contemplate sending it back and going with my second option of a silver XJ with more toys in Leicester...

Can anyone shed any light on the fumes issue?


Thanks in advance

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usually the smell of burning oil is oil coming from the cam covers and oil dripping on the exhaust manifolds

but not sure myself really on your model of car, exhaust really is the only place hot enough to burn oil, it would just sit every where else

only thing I'd recommend is try ringing Chris isle, The Jaguar specialist, really friendly and very informative and may help you over the phone

you can also ask him on facebook as hes on most of the Jaguar groups and helps lots of people with advice



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