Q: Engine smokes after an oil change

asked by on

Is it normal for a little bit of smoke to be coming out of the engine after an oil change? I've filled a little bit into the engine after the ten minute drive to the supermarket, the engine was smoking.

Yes, on a lot of vehicles it is normal. When you change your oil, a lot of times oil will drip off the oil filter when you take it off and get on the exhaust manifold and on the engine. So a lot of times it will smoke. Try to wipe a lot of that off and maybe get a little engine degreaser. Spray it on and wipe that off. But a lot of times it will spill.

Just watch it because you have to make sure you have that oil filter is on tight and it’s not squirting oil. If you have the oil drain plug on tight, it’s not going to be dripping oil.

If the smoke doesn’t go away, then it’ll need to be checked before any serious engine damage occurs. If that is the case, I would have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose the smoke and see if there are any urgent repairs that are needed.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Engine smokes after an oil change

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car is shaking and smoking out of the tail pipe. I have replaced the spark plugs, alternator, and gaskets. It won't go past 50 mph.

Hi there. Check the following conditions that the engine could consume engine oil. Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve (PCV) is plugged up forcing engine oil into the combustion chamber Piston oil control rings are worn and leaving excessive engine oil...

Q: Q: My car shuts off while driving

Hello. Engine stalling can be caused by a wide variety of issues. Faults within the fuel, ignition, or engine management systems can all cause the vehicle to experience stalling. A few common causes of stalling are a bad idle air...

Q: Opinion on using the Lucas transmission additive as a prevention

For modern cars, a lot of them are pretty particular on what fluid they use. If you just add the fluid in the mix, it may not be compatible with the fluid that's in your transmission. If your transmission...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.