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Oil Seeping from Passenger Dash?

On hot days there is sometimes a light oil seeping from the passenger side of the dash, between the airbag panel and the glove box panel. I've tried internet searches, come up with nothing. Anyone know what this is?
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I would guess someone saturated it with cleaning fluid or Armour All at one time and didn't get it all out.
What does it smell like?
Did you remove the panel and look into it further?
Unless you see a screw or plastic anchor, chances are that panel pops right off..

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No odor, it's almost like sewing machine oil. And I'm not concerned enough...yet...to start pulling things apart.
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Did you buy used? Maybe someone tried to fix a squeak or something by using a thin oil like 3in1 or something like that. Or maybe something was accidentally spilled at one time.

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I bought it new. I use wipes to clean it, no sprays.

I can't think of anything under that spot that would seep oil, and apparently it's a novel problem here as well. I guess I'll just keep wicking it with a paper towel when it shows up and not worry about it too much.

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If you keep the vent shut it might be condensation dripping on something that then runs out. Just a thought.
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When it first happened I thought it was condensate (hot day with A/C on high), but it's definitely oil, not water.
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Could be A/C oil that is in refrigerant mix. My 91 Corolla's right glass headlight got slightly and would develop green mold more than the left one (parked ouside pointed north). When I did head gasket replacement and A/C delete I found a bad O-ring in one of the A/C connectors behind that headlight. It did this oil-film thing for years after the cold air quit.

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I went out and looked at my 2014, you'd have to remove the glove box to remove that part just above it.

BUT, you can pull the dash end off and pull the upper piece out that has the vent in it.

Get a plastic pry tool and remove the side, then pry off that part, it snaps in and out.
It will give you access to the source of your issue.






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There may also be an easy way to remove the glovebox? My 07 Yaris has a cabin air filter behind it, and the glovebox comes out w/o tools.
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Could be A/C oil that is in refrigerant mix.
This was my first guess to when read the original post. I was hesitant to say it, but.......


Google "Toyota Tundra R134A Refrigerant Oil"

The ac system takes both oil and R134A refrigerant.

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Thanks, 1lowlife! You made it look easy!
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There may also be an easy way to remove the glovebox? My 07 Yaris has a cabin air filter behind it, and the glovebox comes out w/o tools.
Glove box is held in with 3 visible screws in the box (maybe more behind that lower panel), and I think you have to remove the left kickpanel to remove the part under the glove box that surrounds the passenger airbag.
I had all that off to do some audio work years ago, but I can't remember how it all came out and back in..



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Anyway, I'm curious to what @SinSix has leaking out of there..

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