Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I have a small oil leak in my car. Is it safe to drive it to work? I only see small puddles in the front area of my car.

asked by on

I have a small oil leak in my car. Is it safe to drive it to work? I only see small puddles in the front area of my car.

My car has 250000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hey there. An oil leak can vary from anythi...

Hey there. An oil leak can vary from anything very minor to very major depending on the location and the volume of oil being leaked. Often times, a small oil leak may be present surrounding a major gasket such as a valve cover, timing chain, or oil pan gasket. The key is to be sure your car has the proper amount of oil in it at all times when you have a leak. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose the oil leak and follow through with repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Oil changed from 10w-30 to 5w-20 and there were loud clunking sounds in the engine

No, this is not because they put the wrong weight oil in - it sounds like they forgot to put oil in at all! Or possibly they left the drain plug loose and the oil dumped out as you drove...

Q: Alternator Replace but Battery Indicator Light Remains Dim

This may suggest a failing voltage regulator. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. When the voltage regulator is not working properly, this may result in the alternator allowing too much...

Q: What keys are provided with the vehicle?

If the vehicle doesn’t have a smart key system, you’ll have two master keys, a valet key and a key number plate. If your system has a wireless remote control function, the two master keys will come with Remote Control...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...