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Oil leaking I found somewhat a large oil stain on the snow after backing up the Monte Carlo 1996 car from my overnight parking spot. The position of the oil stain was right beneath the middle of the front of the car (I don't know what jargon I have to use to describe it as knowing nothing about a car. Therefore, please bear with me). I am not sure if this is a big problem and if it needs immediate attention. Thank you so much for helping me out here. I truly appreciate it.

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Well an oil leak can be a lot of things. Simple fix would be if you just had an oil change and the plug wasnt screwed in right. If not there may be broken seals, (hard to do but you may have even cracked teh oil pan). Maybe the oil filter needs to be checked. If you have a jack and are willing to do it yourself. Lift the car and check where its dirty with oil. follow that trail of oil to the source of the leak.

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