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2004 Chevy Cavalier Oil leak

I have a leak that is pretty much steady when I park my car. I come out and it looks like there is a small puddle near the front of the car, about 6 inches from the radiator. Not sure, though. I figure that if I change the oil pan gasket, it should solve the problem.
Does anyone know how long it would take a person to change the oil pan gasket and if that will solve the problem?

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  • Jim London
    Jim London May 11, 2010

    Hi, Before you change any gaskets you should try to determine the source of the leak, it could be as simple as a loose drain plug or filter. Good Luck!

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    I just had my oil changed the guy said it isn't the oil pan. I check the oil it is clean and full, but the oil under the car is black and dirty. I ran over a big piece of semi tire rubber 2 yrs. back bent skid plate, a year later had a drop here or there of oil leaking now a puddle daily. Have 275000 miles on car

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    LEAKING OIL PAN GASKET

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    oil leaking from front of oil pan

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Replacing an oil pan gasket on a car shouldn't be too difficult for you, say, about an hour or two. As long as you follow some simple guidelines, the leak should be eliminated. Improper tightening or seating of the gasket material can defeat the purpose of your work. Grab a Haynes manual, or a tech guide for your vehicle, and have it handy.

I would suggest tracking the oil leak to ensure that it's not your front seal on your crankshaft. The amount of oil that you describe sounds like a bit much for an undisturbed oil pan gasket.

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