Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil and coolant leak

asked by on

A few months ago my car began to leak coolant. It wasn't bad at first,I would only have to fill it every few days. I took it to the shop to get another problem fixed and when i got my car back, it was leaking very bad not only coolant but engine oil as well. I had a neighbor take a look and told me it was the water filter or gasket im not sure which I took a picture of the part but i still have no idea what part to buy. Would you mind helping me find what part I need? I can send pics of it to you and maybe you can tell me what it is. Thank you
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello...thank you for your question. Prior ...

Hello...thank you for your question. Prior to buying and installing parts, a trained professional must diagnose the leak(s). Among the more common scenarios we see in this industry, and on this Q&A board, are ones where the consumer, or worse a "mechanic", buys a basket of parts thinking that that will resolve his or her mechanical issue. In the VAST majority of cases such a scattershot approach doesn't work, and can't possibly work, because no EXPERT diagnosis of the root cause was performed. It is premature to talk about any specific parts until it is understood, as well as possible of course (there are occasionally uncertainties), what is CAUSING the problem. Unless your neighbor is highly skilled in automotive diagnostics you need to get an informed diagnosis. YourMechanic specializes in just that, as well as expert, in the field repairs. Hope we can assist you with this and at the lowest possible cost for you, too.

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

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: Sometimes my car accelerates very slowly but the RPM rises

Hello. I would recommend first checking the connections to the MAF sensor and cleaning it as sometimes they will get dirty and cause this kind of problem. If this does not work you may need to have it replaced. If...

Q: Engine losing power while driving

Hello. Pinpointing where the noise is coming from will greatly help us determine why there is power loss. If the drive train makes noise and the engine seems to lose power, that usually indicates a transmission issue. Have the transmission...

Q: My car won't start.

There are a few things to check before this diagnosis can be done. The engine will need to be checked for fuel pressure and spark. Once this is done, a the computer needs to be scanned for any trouble codes....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...