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    Chasing a leak. Causing smoke. Please help

    Ive been dealing with a leak from my 02 wagon that has dripping just enough to cause smoke from it dripping onto my exhaust. ive seen a little bit of oil at the bottom of my timing belt cover on the passenger side and is gooking up on the frame as well. seems to be oil residue on the bottom of the block looking almost as if its coming from the valve covers but im not certain because there isnt fresh oil.. im just very puzzled. sometimes a drip or two will get to the exhaust and ill get a smell or even so smoke but sometimes ill drive around al day and nothing. ive checked all my lines and hoses around there ad cant trace it. whatever is leaking is coming from very low. but even when im under the car i just cant tell. i just changed the oil tho and cleaned up down there so hopefully that helps. and i will post pictures soon. car has 129k miles but has been well managed and timing belt watert pump pulleys tensioners etc and all other necessary upkeeps have been done..
    Any input would be greatly appreciated. thank you

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    Remove the timing belt cover and inspect for leaks if you suspect the leak is from under the cover.

    Nothing you've said can exclude the valve cover or something under the timing belt cover, or both.

    Not much else to say except find the leak. Sorry. Since you've wiped everything down it'll be easier now.
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    I have a similar problem where i have a leak i can't find the source to. I recently changed my timing belt tho and i think the leak might be coming from my main seal, or oil pump gasket. I think this because i noticed a little oil residue behind the crank pulley and down the front of the oil pump. But i also have oil residue on the under side of my enigine as well as on top of my block near the intake manifold and throttle body.
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