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Oil leak Oil is leaking from the top of the motor on to the engine

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    I put fresh oil in my car checked it it was full but when i started up the car oil started dripping down the side, i also got a new oil filter and it still leaks when i start it up

    it comes from the top to the bottum

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Could be the cam seal. It is the only thing keeping oil in the motor between the head and calve cover. Usually they will stick to the cam on a cold morning and spinout of place and allow the oil to pass onto the side of the engine.

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