Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil leak.

asked by on

My car is leaking oil. What should I look for to find the leak?

A: I would start out by taking a large piece o...

I would start out by taking a large piece of cardboard and park your car over it over night, by looking at the drips on the cardboard this will tell you roughly where the drips are coming from. Sometimes drips fall onto other components or the subframe and follow the lowest point which could mislead you. Although this might or might not be able to help you, the best method of attack would be a mechanic adding dye to the various fluid reservoirs and looking with a backlight. Having a mechanic with the proper tools to inspect your leak would be the most effective route.

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: While shifting, truck stalled; pulse in brake pedal

Hello. It is possible that a brake booster is faulty. It is also possible that there is a leak in the brake booster hose, the intake, or one or more vacuum hoses in the engine. It is a good idea...

Q: I'm not sure if I should get a full diagnostic or if I should just replace a part

Any time the check engine light comes on the code that is stored is only a tool at finding the problem or cause of the check engine light. You should have the diagnostic pinpoint test done for the code you...

Q: My engine is burning through 10 3 0 high mileage Castro Lutz motor oil.

Hello, oil usage of this type could be created from internal engine wear (piston rings) - the rings help control the amount of oil in the cylinders, and if the rings wear, they allow oil to be burned in the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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...