Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil leaking from car.

asked by on

I have an oil leak. How do I determine what the problem is?

A: We need to determine in what area of the ca...

We need to determine in what area of the car the oil leak is coming from. If it's in front of the motor it could be a front main seal or camshaft seal. If it's near the rear of the motor it could be a rear main seal. The only way to tell is to jack the car up and get under it and inspect it. A mechanic from YourMechanic can assist you in inspecting the oil leak.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How can I figure out what the problem is to get it to running

Each fuel injector has an internal filter. If the fuel was really contaminated, it is possible the injectors were affected and filters are blocked. If the car starts when you introduce some starting fluid in the air intake, then you...

Q: Car not starting after sitting

I will assume when you say the vehicle will not crank, the dashboard illuminates and the engine does not turn over. In this case, the vehicles starter or starter circuit may have experienced a malfunction. The starter is the...

Q: My 1999 Toyota Camry won't start what might it be?

From what you've described, you most likely blew a head gasket. All the coolant is now in the engine causing it to lock up. Open up the oil cap and check the oil dip stick to see if oil is...

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...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...