Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car's shaking and losing oil fast, what's going on

asked by on

My car shakes aggressively from the second it starts to the second it stops. When I push in the clutch it dies, and it's losing oil extremely fast.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. The shaking is likely caused by a misfire and engine error. You may also be dealing with multiple issues at once, or the oil leak may be causing the running issues. If the spark plugs or cylinders are fouled with oil, it will cause running issues. This is why you will want to locate the oil leak and resolve that issue first. If the stalling issue continues, you will want to look into the carburetor and make sure it is not flooding when you release the gas to clutch. With a vehicle this old, you may also need to adjust the clutch linkage by this point in its life. For more help with either of these processes, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My car's shaking and losing oil fast, what's going on

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: the car dies when put in gear

Hello, thank you for writing in. Unfortunately this is one of the situations where the possible causes can be with a lot of different components. You may want to do some further testing on the intake air temperature sensor. There...

Q: When I start my car, the fan jumps on very loud for about a minute to a minute and a half. What would be the reason?

There could be an electrical wiring issue with the cooling fan from the cooling fan to the cooling switch / sensor or the thermostat could be sticking on causing the fans to blow harder as the engine may overheat until...

Q: Brake pressure

Hey there. It is possible that the master cylinder has worn out sufficiently that the brake fluid is leaking past the master cylinder piston and seals and into the power brake booster. This would cause a "no firm brake pedal"...

Related articles

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...
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...
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.