Q: Oil coming from oil filter

asked by on October 09, 2016

Hi I wanted to ask how does the oil get around an oil filter which had clearly been pouring out of. I have noticed a large amount of oil on the bottom of my car under my Bonet and all over parts around where the oil filter is. I have lost all the oil and didn't realised this until my car give and stopped working and saw under the bonnet that the oil filter wasn't screwedon correctly as I was able to screw it back tightly. The oil was still leaking from the car as it was all over the bottom. I had a service back in February this year and I haven't touched the filter. Has this been caused by the people that have fitted the oil filter. I can't understand how the oil filter has come lose and caused the oil to drop every where ax much as it has. Please help me understand how this has happened

My car has 50000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

If the filter is not tightened properly the vibrations of engine can work the filter loose over time. If you tightened the filter and it was still leaking that means that there was a problem with the seal on the filter. If you would like, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to definitively diagnose the oil leak and make necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Backup camera stopped working, is it worth repairing?

You might want to grab your owner’s manual and see if there is a fuse(or multiple fuses) for the radio, navigation and backup camera. If all the fuses check out fine, a trip to the dealer will be needed. The...

Code P0400; EGR System

If you checked the EGR valve and cleaned it, the first thing to do is to start and idle the engine and use a vacuum pump or source to pull open the EGR valve to see if it makes the...

AC compressor only engages around 40% of the time

This is likely due to a faulty thermostat sensor which is responsible for controlling the temperature at which the AC compressor comes on. To determine this will require a series of tests. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic...

Related articles

How Does Oil Lubricate an Engine?
Oil is an essential fluid in your car engine. Motor oil lubricates engine parts and prevents car overheating. Changing oil helps extend engine life.
What Causes an Oil Filter to Get Dirty?
At At some point during your time as a vehicle owner, you’ve likely had your oil filter changed, probably at the same time as an oil change. Few people give this minor maintenance more than a second thought. After all,...
2012 Toyota Tundra vs. 2012 Chevrolet Silverado: Which One Should I Buy?
Large work trucks are meant for one thing: work! These vehicles are rough and ready, and can handle nearly anything you throw at them, with the exception of a car pool. While they offer two or four door options, you...