Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car is leaking oil - 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe

asked by on

My 1997 2 door Chevy Tahoe, 5.7 V8, 4 wheel drive is leaking a few drops of oil on the ground each time I stop the vehicle.

My car has 145000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi and thank you for contacting YourMechani...

Hi and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The best thing to do is to wash your engine, including the bottom, really good. Now, after driving you will be able to inspect where the leak is coming from. The most common places will be around the valve covers, oil filter, oil pan, and where the engine mounts with the transmission. This will give you an idea of where the oil is coming from and what is causing the leak.

I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to inspect for the leak and determine what repairs are necessary.

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: I have thin red fluid leaking near the crank pulley when truck is turned off in my 2008 Dodge Ram

Hello. Most of the time when this occurs it is due to the water pump failing. The coolant in this engine is typically red in color and will be thin. It can be from the power steering but that is...

Q: What type of oil is best for this car if I need to change oil? I have a 5 cylinder straight 2006 Xc90.

The use of the wrong type of oil can sometimes cause codes like these, but this is rare. There my be a malfunctioning variable valve solenoid on the vehicle which can be the solenoid itself, actuator on the camshaft or...

Q: Over heating, white smoke coming out the exhaust, and no heat just cold air blowing

Hi there. In most cases, a bad or malfunctioning heater is accompanied by an overheating problem. However, if you're temperature gauge is HOT and you've got white smoke blowing from the exhaust, this can be an indication of coolant inside...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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...