Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil on underside of engine

asked by on

The maintenance light came on so I called the dealer I bought it from. He said we need an oil change. While changing the oil husband noticed lots of oil on the underside of the engine. He put 5 quarts in and it was at the double line. Today it's at the single line and oil all over bottom of engine again. Is this just an oil leak or worse. Is it safe to drive? And how much will it cost?

My car has 222000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Thanks for writing into YourMechanic.com today about the oil leak on your 2002 Acura and whether it’s safe to drive with an oil leak. There are multiple reasons why your motor is leaking oil and just as many potential locations including the valve cover and oil pan gaskets, the front or rear crankshaft seal or timing chain cover. However, the most common oil leak that can cause lots of oil to show up under your engine is due to a timing chain cover or front crankshaft seal.

When oil drips from these locations it tends to hit other belts under the car and "fling" to all parts of the motor. This is where an experienced ASE certified mechanic can properly diagnose the source of the oil leak and repair it sooner rather than later. In regards to cost, that’s hard for us to provide an accurate estimate. The best advice we can offer is to contact one of our local ASE mechanics that will diagnose the problem and provide you an accurate estimate for repairs.

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: How do I install a high pressure power steering line I can't get it to twist and screw into the rack

The double flare end of the tube should be fully inserted until the flare mates with the convex sealing surface. The tube nut should then smoothly thread all the way down by hand. If the tube nut does not start...

Q: Car stalling

Hi There, This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark or possibly timing issues and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination...

Q: Car goes into reverse, but not drive

Hi. There are a few things to check before condemning the transmission. Check the fluid level. The shifter linkage, and for trouble codes. There are not any electronics involved in reverse. If all that is ok, most likely it will...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...
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...