Q: leaking oil after fixed

asked by on

My car is starting to leak oil about 18 months after I bought it, so I took it to the dealer to get it fixed. It was good for only 3 days. Then it started leaking oil again. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this or what I should do?

A: Hello. The first step would be taking it ba...

Hello. The first step would be taking it back to the dealer where your car was fixed once more and have them inspect it to see if there is a new leak somewhere. There are several components that could be leaking oil from your car: the oil pan gasket, oil filter housing, valve cover gaskets, oil cooler lines, or the turbo and turbo lines (if you car is equipped with a turbo).

It is also possible that the rear main seal is leaking. If the rear main seal is leaking, the motor and transmission would have to be separated in order to fix the seal, which is a major job. If you are not comfortable with taking the car back to the dealer, have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, come and complete an inspection to determine why your car is leaking oil.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine stays running but no power at wheels

Greetings and thank you for writing in with this question! Problems like this can be difficult to diagnose. Does the Check Engine Light illuminate when the car loses power? If so, a local mechanic (like those with YourMechanic) can diagnose...

Q: Gear selector stuck

The shift cable may have come off of the shift selector, or the cable has broken. This would not let the key out of the ignition, since you have to be in Park, and you cannot start unless you are...

Q: Oil dripping from somewhere

The oil leak could have been a spill from the last oil change. If so, it will leak until the oil is gone. I recommend having oil leak dye put in the engine, by doing so the oil leak can...

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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.