Why is oil shooting everywhere?

Tiny
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 99,100 MILES

My 02 cavalier is in pretty good running condition, but for the past year now I and other so called mechanics noticed oil that at some point is shooting up, hitting the alternator, then hitting the hood. If the car is sitting still and running, nothing will leak or shoot out. If you step on the gas still nothing. When you look under the car its covering everything. Its all on the side where the serpentine belt is.

When I turn on the AC the car beings to jump in rpm. The AC constantly turns off and on with engine surges, but never turns off when my foot is on the gas going down the road.

I have not noticed any loss in power, nor has the oil level dropped past the ok mark on the dipstick.

Any ideas? Thank You, if you would like some images I'll do my best to get some later on.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 5:04 AM

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Tiny
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When you turn the ac on does the radiator fan come on?Also for the leak I would clean everthing off with brake clean then add oil leak dye run it a little while and use a dye light to trace the oil leak back to its source.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 5:49 AM
Tiny
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My radiator fan is not spinning and my coolant level has definitely dropped significantly.

As for the oil dye, I'd have to let someone else do that for me right now. I'm not really the person that knows cars well.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 3:45 PM
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Also, to add. The radiator fan always turns on with my ac regardless of the temperature. I've heard of some only kicking on at a certain temperature.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 3:48 PM
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When the radiator fan turns on with the ac is there a lot of air blowing out of it?

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 4:37 PM
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Also any coolant leaking on the ground?You said your leaking coolant.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 4:38 PM
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There is no coolant on the ground when the car is off and still. I put a cardboard and the only thing that comes down is oil. The radiator fan does NOT spin at all now, as for the coolant, I have no idea why the car is guzzling it.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 3:17 AM
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Any smoke out the tail pipe?As far as the fan it doesnt come on with the ac anymore?Does the ac even work anymore?

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 3:31 AM
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No smoke out the tailpipe and the ac does work. Here's my little list I've made up so far.

1. Radiator Fan does not turn on at all (Use to whenever AC was on)

2. AC turns off and on while stopped and causes rpm to jump creating a tugging sensation while slowing beginning to accelerate.

3. Engine will overheat up to approx 230 (Fans still do not kick in)

4. Coolant levels drop rapidly, but does not show any signs of a leak when cardboard is stuck under the parked car, only oil drips down.

5. Oil levels are ok despite constant loss.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 5:29 AM
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Do you have a multimeter so we can check power and ground into the cooling fan motor?Most likely you have a bad cooling fan motor. Thats most likely causing the ac to cycle and also could be the reason your loosing coolant.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 5:35 AM
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I have a multimeter, but never learned to use them. I got it as a gift and pretty much left it sit. I did look at the wiring, the fan electrical cables merge into a little intersection of other cables behind a plastic housing, I don't want to rip anything apart and lose other vital bits that require the electricity.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 5:43 AM
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Lets try another method do you have a hammer?If so start the engine turn the ac on. Then tap on radiator fan motor with the handle of the hammer. See if the fan starts spining slowly or even full speed. If it does then bad fan motor.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 5:48 AM
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The doesn't spin at all, oh well. The car is just at that point in its lift where every little thing is going wrong. Best to pay little now than more than the car's worth later.

Thanks for everything

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 2:16 PM
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Alright if your worried about the wiring unplug the radiator fan motor then start the engine and turn the ac on see if there is power and ground to the fan motor connector. If there is bad motor.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 3:56 PM
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Its definitely the fan motor unfortunately.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 4:37 PM
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Not the end of the world I just put one in a 2004 caviler the fan motor is only 24.00 at auto zone. It could have been something a lot more expensive.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 4:44 PM
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Thank you for helping me out. I'll put a new motor in soon. I'm going to a trade school very soon for automotive so I'll definitely keep coming back to this site and seek you guys out for help when im stumped.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 4:47 PM
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Your welcome thats what were here for. Please dont drive it with a inop fan you could blow the head gasket or worse. Also come back anytime you should try the oil dye yourself good practice since your going to make fixing cars your job. The more pratice the better especially before you go to school.

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