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I have a splashing massive oil leak from the front driver side of the engine as if the oil was being pumped out as soon as the engine starts. I can't get to where I can see where the leak is coming

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Hard to say unless you specify what vehicle this is. One way or another, you need to get to where the leak is in order to find the problem. In any case, start by checking the oil filter, and if it is not engine-mounted, check the hoses running between the filter housing and the engine.

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    Guy Gould Mar 29, 2015

    It is a Chevy Astro Conversion Van. It's heavy but it has a 4.3L engine. The engine has over 200,000 miles on it as well.

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    Guy Gould Mar 29, 2015

    I will check your suggested areas.

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    EdCarCal Mar 29, 2015

    I checked the engine - the filter is engine mounted. You should also check the oil cooling lines running from the filter housing to the radiator. Blown frost plugs should never leak oil - just coolant.

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You have a Honda? It is the oil pump seal. These are the only cars I know of that spew out a lot of oil. Others can leak a lot, not not like the oil seal on Honda's.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015

  • Randy Ohler Mar 29, 2015

    Sorry, I didn't read the comments. Check the oil sending unit on these. They break and send out a lot of oil. The spots would be towards the back of the engine.

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If you're in a cold winter weather area, The leak could be at an engine block freeze plug. That would make an oil splash.
Hope this helps.

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    Guy Gould Mar 29, 2015

    I live near Savannah, Georgia. I wouldn't suspect a cold weather issue. Although, it is a slight possibility. I will check this out.

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You may have a cracked block possibly from freezing this winter

Posted on Mar 28, 2015

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    Guy Gould Mar 29, 2015

    As I mentioned to danoyachtcap, It may be possible, though not likely due to freezing with it being operated on a regular basis. It could be due to high mileage.

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