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Oil leak--how bad is bad?

I bought this car yesterday, and while I noticed it was leaking around the engine when I test drove it, it was hard to see how much (it got dark towards the end of my test drive). The car felt really good so I bought it.

Today I drove it to the post office, about 6 miles round trip. I put it in my driveway with a flattened box under it in order to keep any leaks off of my driveway.

I see that I am getting about 4 quarter sized drops after half an hour of sitting there (my guess is it stops now that the engine isn't slinging hot oil around).

My old scooters seem to leak as much (but with one drip rather than 4), and they do just fine. For a 900 of this age, how much is too much? Is there a common problem that I can look for?

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Hi considering age of car? this oil dripping may be something simple like sump drain plug sealing washer or oil filter seeps? or a seal or gasket leak amongst just a few probabilities? but appreciate oil leaks are not wanted so may i offer this advice ? if you have access to local valeting depot? ask them if they could steam clean your engine and suspension beneath engine? this will not be too expensive and you will/may be able to discover source of leak hopefully? this may not necessarily be a leak of engine oil so check p/steer level too? if you do as suggested above ? and you update on this board as to what y /where leak is from? would be glad to advise further on remedy and if you can diy saving $$$$s in garage costs ? hope this helps and inspires you ? please keep updated ?

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Doesn't sound serious yet. Take a good look for oil pan leaks, valve cover gasket leaks, oil filter, etc. just to know what it is. You may be able to get a clue from where the drops are.

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