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Small amount of engine oil appearing on the engine bottom

When I look on the underside of the engine, I notice a number of small drops of engine oil.

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    Lee Quiroz May 11, 2010

    Need more information. Are you able to jack up the car? Where under the engine is the dripping coming from?

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You probably have a small leak at one of the valve covers.its hard to tell but if you are concerned take it to a shop and have it checked out to see what he cause is

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