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I looked under my hood today to keep things clean. I noticed on the engine block near the alternator, some brown gunk. after wiping some of it off, it appears to be oil. I checked my oil level and its between full and ¾ full. Not sure if I'm just being paranoid or what. My RAV4 has 7k on it and hasn't even had it's first oil change. It's only had its first maintenance done (tire rotation). Anyone else notice that on their BRAND NEW RAV4?
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You are likely being paranoid. Settle down. A new engine breaking in will use a bit of oil. That is normal. Have a quart of the correct oil to top off if required. Wipe off what you see and watch for it to reappear, if it does at all. Don't go bonkers over nothing.

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I will top it off. I wiped off oil near the block, I'll see if it reappears. This is my 3rd new car. I've had a 2012 Scion xB and a 2014 Toyota Corolla, neither of those have done this before.
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Was the oil near the filler cap? If so, some ham fisted tech probably spilled some during an oil change.

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It's never had an oil change. It only has 7k miles on it. There shouldn't be any oil spillage at all.
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I looked under my hood today to keep things clean. I noticed on the engine block near the alternator, some brown gunk. after wiping some of it off, it appears to be oil. I checked my oil level and its between full and ¾ full. Not sure if I'm just being paranoid or what. My RAV4 has 7k on it and hasn't even had it's first oil change. It's only had its first maintenance done (tire rotation). Anyone else notice that on their BRAND NEW RAV4?
i noticed the same case with my rav too. first noticed this almost a year ago before i took my rav for its first 5k service. i told my service advisor from where i bought it and i was told that probably its leftover / oil sweat from heating up a new engine. i clean the said spot over and over and still get the same oil seepage. the last time i cleaned that spot was few weeks ago after my 15k mile service. i cleaned it with engine degreaser. I'll post a picture of that spot later when i get home and if we are experiencing this in the same spot, then probably there is a possible gasket failure or something else is not right with our ravs. i was planning to raise this issue with my SA if i see that it accumulates dirt again due to light oil seepage.
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i noticed the same case with my rav too. first noticed this almost a year ago before i took my rav for its first 5k service. i told my service advisor from where i bought it and i was told that probably its leftover / oil sweat from heating up a new engine. i clean the said spot over and over and still get the same oil seepage. the last time i cleaned that spot was few weeks ago after my 15k mile service. i cleaned it with engine degreaser. I'll post a picture of that spot later when i get home and if we are experiencing this in the same spot, then probably there is a possible gasket failure or something else is not right with our ravs. i was planning to raise this issue with my SA if i see that it accumulates dirt again due to light oil seepage.
Thank you! I'll be waiting to see what you say. I'll bring it up with my SA when I go in for my 10k service (thats in about 3 months).
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Nothing alarming

I think it is just normal but if you really feel uneasy about it, consult a mechanic.
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Thank you! I'll be waiting to see what you say. I'll bring it up with my SA when I go in for my 10k service (thats in about 3 months).
finally. here are the photos i took from my engine. the spots where the grime accumulates are encircled in red. i've manage to clean most of them but in one of the photo you can see some leftovers or should i say not as clean as those that did not experience this.

I am saying that my rav might have prob on this because i have seen another rav, about the same age as mine and a 2013 camry that has 22k miles on it, and this side of their engine are white clean (you can spot the difference between oil soaked dirt compared to regular dirt accumulation).
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That is EXACTLY where mine was at at how it looks now after I cleaned it. Have you brought it up yet to Toyota? Obviously this is an issue... I love my car so much, I hate to see it have problems.
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