Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My SUV is leaking oil

asked by on

I have noticed that my SUV is leaking oil on the garage floor, so I jacked it up and took a look. I wiped off what appears to be a cam shaft speed sensor next to the oil filter, and it kept pooling and moved a little when prodded. Does it have a gasket, and why is there oil coming from it? I don't have my socket set with me so I will remove the skid plate later and look some more. But, what could this be?

Hello. If it is the sensor right next to the oil filter, then that is the oil pressure switch. These are a common cause of leakage. The sensor itself will either leak around the threads or through the sensor itself. It is typically the sensor itself around the internal housing. I typically start by cleaning the area off completely first and then running the engine to make sure that the leak is coming from there. If can also be from the oil filter housing, but that is not as common. If you are going to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to detect any oil leaks and make the appropriate 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: coolant bottle

Hey there. The coolant bottle on this car hold pressure and the material can only be sealed using a plastic welding or melting process. Otherwise, replacement is the only recommended repair. The replacement of the bottle is recommended before engine...

Q: Car stalls when merging on the freeway.

Hello there. Quite often multiple symptoms will pop up that might be a possible cause of a mechanical defect or problem. I think this is the case here. If you are leaking oil (as you've stated, a lot of oil),...

Q: Car takes 2-3 tries before starting

You will need to have a mechanic diagnose both the codes to see if you have a problem with both sensors or have a problem with the timing of the engine being out of position. The codes suggest that both...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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 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...