Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Possible oil pan puncture

asked by on

I was crossing a railroad track, and it hit the bottom of my car in the front. When I got home and parked, I saw a big puddle of what I think is oil. It had a coffee color to it; I bent down to look at the car and saw a stream of it coming down. It drained out pretty quickly, so my guess is that I punctured the oil pan.

A: A check of the underneath will be needed to...

A check of the underneath will be needed to diagnose the damage. If it is the oil pan, then a new pan would be needed, along with a new gasket and a fresh oil change. I recommend having a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect your car’s underside and replace the oil pan and oil pan gasket, if needed.

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

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: My car wont start. 2003 Oldsmobile Alero

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 2003 Alero. If the engine is turning over when you turn the key, then it is not the starter, but it may be the fuel pump or ignition module and coil. Check...

Q: Leaking coolant hoses

Hello, a leaking cooling system is something that needs to repaired sooner than later. If the vehicle overheats that can lead costly repairs or engine failure. You should get the aid of a mechanic who can pressurize the cooling system...

Q: Error message on my dash

The aftermarket catalytic converters may not be working as well as the factory ones. A scan of the vehicle's computer will allow a technician to look at live data from the oxygen sensors to determine if the sensors are faulty...

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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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...