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Q: Oil leaking engine won't hold oil but car starts

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Oil leaking from the engine it won't hold oil when trying to top off fluids

My car has 250000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

As you know, an oil leak can range from somewhat minor to very serious depending on the location of the leak and how quickly it is leaking. I would recommend not starting the car at all until getting this leak fixed as this may result in major engine damage depending on the severity of the leak. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and repair your oil leak.

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