Common Engine Oil Leaks and How to Get Back on the Road

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There are few worse things for a car owner to spot than the car in park and a puddle of oil on the pavement. It can only mean one thing: an oil leak. Whether the leak is small or major, an Engine oil leak is a common problem. Luckily, they’re also typically an easy issue to fix. The steps you need to take to get your car back on the road, however, depend on where the leak is coming from and how bad the leak is. Continue reading below, and you’ll find everything you need to patch your leak in no time at all. If you’re still in need of assistance, our team at BlueDevil Products is always just one call away! 

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Common Leak Locations 

Engine oil leaks are more of a syndrome than a disease. That is, leaks are an umbrella term for a wide range of mechanical issues. The first step in fixing any leak is finding the source! Here are the most common locations to find an engine oil leak: 

Rear Main Seal

The rear main seal is at the back of your engine and seals where the crankshaft exits the engine to attach to the flywheel.  This seal is notorious for leaking on vehicles that don’t get used often or don’t get regular oil changes. Learn more about rear main seal leaks

Oil Pan Gasket

Another common engine oil leak location is your oil pan gasket. This gasket is thin and long. The pan is made of thin metal that expands and contracts when operating. It’s usually a quick repair, but on some vehicles (such as those with transversely mounted V6 engines), there can be many components obstructing the oil pan. If you can’t easily get to your oil pan, consider using BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak to stop the leak by revitalizing the gasket!

Valve Cover Gasket

Your valve cover or covers are very similar in construction to your oil pan and, typically,  right on top of your engine. Replacing them is relatively easy. On some 6 cylinder engines, the intake manifold may cover one of the valve covers.  In that case,  use BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak to seal the leak!

Timing Cover Gasket

Timing cover gasket leaks are considered a major leak. If your engine has a timing chain, the cover is at the front, shielding the timing components. The system is splash lubricated, so leaks from the timing cover gasket are often slow, but they can make a mess as they leak out around your engine’s drive belt and accessories.  Replacing the timing cover gasket is always an expensive job, as you’ve got to remove lots of other pieces before you get to the timing cover. 

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blue devil oil stop leak solution graphicThe best way to fix a leak is to prevent it from happening. Make sure your engine parts are leak resistant and seal minor leaks with our universal answer to all of your engine-oil-leak needs with BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. Our no leak solution is an industry-leading product designed to give your engine the protection it needs and your car the mileage it deserves. Learn more about the product and where to purchase below!

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39 responses to “Common Engine Oil Leaks and How to Get Back on the Road

  1. Hello, Here you share the problem of Common Engine Oil Leak Locations. do you have any suggestion for saving Car Oil Licks?? & keeping the car’s clean & Fit? Thanks in Advance

    1. Elliot-

      If you are experiencing a leak and you are not quite sure where the leak is coming from, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak (https://store.gobdp.com/oil-stop-leak-49499/) would be your best bet. The Oil Stop Leak is a universal application, and would be able to treat any of the rubber seals/gaskets in the fluid oil system. The best advice in regards to keeping the vehicle in good running condition would be to make sure the vehicle is being serviced regularly and getting oil changes at the recommended intervals.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    2. I have a 2006 Chrysler it’s been parked for a few days ! Came home from work an there is full of oil under my car from the engine ! Can u please give me an idea of what to do ! I’m scared to drive it to bring it to someone to look at it ! I just bought the car . Thanks

      1. Taylor-

        Thank you for asking about your Chrysler. Are you able to locate where the leak is coming from? If you haven’t done so already, you may want to check the oil level to give yourself an idea of how much oil has been lost. If needed, top it off with oil and we would recommend taking it into a certified ASE mechanic for a proper diagnosis.

        Thank you!

        -BDP

  2. I have a oil leak on the drivers side of my 2011cheverloet Cruze put a new value cover gasket on but still is leaking from somewhere can’t find it where it is coming from

    1. I had the same issue. I replaced the gasket and valve cover and no leaks. The valve cover itself could’ve cracked or something.

  3. I recently got a 2001 VW Passat, tonight I put about half a quart of oil in and in under 2 min all the oil i had just put in was on the ground beneath it. I don’t know much about cars so I’m not really sure where to start. But it is something I would like to try to fix myself if possible.

    1. Taylor-

      Thank you for asking about your Volkswagen Passat. Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    2. My undercarriage bottomed out pretty hard when i hit a deep pothole in a local store parking lot (’99’ buick regal GS). I immediately got out the car and looked to see if anything was damaged. After seeing no damage, no flat tires, no bent rims, nothing hanging loose, I got back into the car and headed home. On the way home my car stopped 3 times, but immediately started back up when i turned the key, yet no oil or check engine light’s ever appeared on the dash. About 2 block’s from home i started to hear a loud, vibrating, rattling noise coming from the engine. After about 15 miles i pulled up at home, got out the car again to check it out. The whole front of the undercarriage was moist with what it looked like to be oil. I decided to try and start the car, nothing. After a few failed attempts i gave it a jump and it started, Only to die again 5 minutes later. I jumped it again, it started, died 5 minutes later, still no warning lights appeared on the dash. Why didn’t my oil or engine lights come on? What exactly caused the oil leak? Pretty sure my engine is toast i poured some Lucas oil in it the next day but it’s still the same. Do you have any answers for me?

      1. Jaron-

        Thank you for asking about your Buick Regal. After checking the oil level, does it appear you have lost a lot of oil? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

        Thank you!

        -BDP

  4. I have a 2014 Chevy cruz, and the oil leaks more noticeably on an incline park, and it’s only on one side of the engine? What could be causing it?

    1. Claire-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy Cruze. The location of the leak would be difficult to say, not being at the vehicle. Based on your description, we recommend using the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. You should expect to start seeing results after approximately 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. Rohit-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would be able to treat a leaking valve seal. As long as the leak isn’t more than a seep or light drip, you would be a good candidate for the product. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. Arnetta-

      Thank you for asking about your Subaru Tribeca. It would be difficult to say where the leak is coming from, not being at the vehicle. It could be valve cover gaskets, timing chain gasket or even the oil pan gasket. As long as you are not losing oil too quickly, you would be a good candidate for the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. You should expect to start seeing results after approximately 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  5. I have a 2007 LEXUS ls 460. It runs great. However I’m losing all oil 9 quarts, in less than 2000 miles. None on ground. Gas attendant said maybe it’s leaking inside engine. How much trouble am I in.

    1. Gilbert-

      Thank you for asking about your Lexus LS460. Losing 9 quarts of oil in such a short span sounds like it would be an extreme leak. Have you gotten any engine codes or warning indicators on the dash? It doesn’t seem like you are experiencing any issues with vehicle performance, which would also be odd based on the amount and how quickly you are losing oil. We’d recommend bringing the vehicle into a shop for a proper diagnosis.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  6. I have an 06 Ford Fusion I just bought with 117000 miles on it. It leaks in three places. Two are near the center of the hood and I’m pretty sure they’re transmission leaks. One is at the very front of the engine and after two days of sitting is just a wet spot a little bigger than a quarter. Would stop leak work for this leak?

    1. Brett-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford Fusion. Yes, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would treat the leak you’ve described. Also, we do manufacture the BlueDevil Transmission Sealer to help stop the leaks coming from the transmission. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  7. Hi. I have a 2004 corolla le & I found it’s leaking both black oil and light brown oil. It was obvious the black oil was motor oil, but can motor oil leak out 2 different colors? The oil level is good & it’s not dripping much.

    1. Ashley-

      Thank you for asking about your Toyota Corolla. Motor oil will appear between a thin light brown liquid to a thick dark black, depending on its age. Is the leak occurring from around the same location? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  8. I have a small oil leak on the passenger side of my Toyota Camry.. we replaced the gasket but it still is leaking. So what could be the issue?

    1. Rahman-

      Thank you for asking about your Toyota Camry. Is it possible that you are losing oil from a different location other than the gasket that was replaced? If so, we recommend using the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. You should expect to start seeing results after approximately 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  9. I have a leak on the driver’s side of my Audi A6 V6 quattro biturbo, what could be the problem and how can it be solved

    1. Veealf-

      Thank you for asking about your Audi A6. Unfortunately, it would be difficult to say where the leak is coming from, however, it is more than likely coming from a seal/gasket that has started to deteriorate. We recommend using the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak to help stop the loss of oil and recondition the seals/gaskets back to their original shape and flexibility.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  10. Hi,
    I have an Audi A6 2011 and under the car there one little puddle of engine oil almost symmetrical on both driver and passenger sides at the front of the car under the engine. Any ideas?

    1. Yaz-

      Thank you for asking about your Audi A6. Based on your description, we recommend using the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is more concentrated and is the universal application that will work for various leaks such as oil pan leaks, rear main leaks, valve cover gasket leaks, etc. You should expect to start seeing results after 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  11. my 2006 mercury mountneer leaks oil underneath. it leaks out in about 24 hours sitting on my driveway. will oil leak be the best to try

    1. Merriam-

      Thank you for asking about your Mercury Mountaineer. Based on your description, unfortunately, it sounds as though you may be losing oil a little too quickly for the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. The product is intended for leaks that are seeping or lightly dripping. If you are losing oil too quickly, you would lose the product just as quickly, and wouldn’t really be able to keep the product in the system long enough in order to get the benefit of using it.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  12. 2009 chevy aveo l have a oil leak on the front passenger side just had some hose fix because of antifreeze leak change oil Monday 8/17/2020 4gt only have 2 qt left the rest is on the passenger side floor.

    1. Dorarise,

      Thanks for your question about your 2009 Chevy Aveo. Anytime you have problems right after having maintenance done we recommend taking your vehicle back to the shop that did the work to have them check things over and see if it was possible a mistake they made that caused the problem. If you’ve got that much oil leaking that quickly it should be pretty easy to see where the leak is. Also, make sure you keep your oil level topped off if you choose to drive it anywhere to make sure you don’t cause any pertinent engine damage.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  13. I own a 2012 Honda Accord and I was told timing cover is leaking and have to be resealed and replace all gaskets and seals. Is this something can be fixed using your product? Thanks in advance.

    1. Kazi-

      Thank you for asking about your Honda Accord. Yes, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would be able to treat a leaking timing cover gasket. You should expect to start seeing results after 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

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