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Hello I hope everyone is doing well. I was driving and smelled a burning odor so I looked under the hood and saw some oil dripping onto the transmission. I'm not sure the source of the leak, but I have an idea its from the valve cover or engine seal gasket. If anybody would have an idea from where the car is leaking from let me know. I have also attached a picture.
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It would be odd if an oil leak onto the trans would cause a burning smell. Might be something else going on here. As for the leak in the picture, it does look like a valve cover gasket. You could try cleaning the area (brake cleaner) and then tightening the Valve cover. Remember to do this from the center working outwards and don't over torque. If that doesn't fix it, you'll have to replace the VC gasket.
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Hello I hope everyone is doing well. I was driving and smelled a burning odor so I looked under the hood and saw some oil dripping onto the transmission. I'm not sure the source of the leak, but I have an idea its from the valve cover or engine seal gasket. If anybody would have an idea from where the car is leaking from let me know. I have also attached a picture.

Hi and Welcome from South West Florida, hope you get your oil leak resolved.
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Thank you I'll clean it up and post an update. The smell isn't strong I'd have to open the hood to be able to really notice it.
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Thank you I'll clean it up and post an update. The smell isn't strong I'd have to open the hood to be able to really notice it.
Sounds like it's the valve cover gasket. Not sure how long you've owned your car, but you might want to remove the red cover and inspect the spark plug wells to see if there is oil around the spark plugs. I had to replace all 4 spark plug seals in the valve cover when I replaced the valve cover gasket.

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