Question about Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

I see oil leaked everywhere including all over the alternator..were do you think its coming from?

Posted by on

  • Dawn OBrien Dec 15, 2016

    Leak is all over the front passenger side and the belts and alternator



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Top Expert:

    An expert who has finished #1 on the weekly Top 10 Fixya Experts Leaderboard.


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.

  • Cars & Trucks Master
  • 8,374 Answers

4down vote First job is to refill the engine with oil. Check for the correct oil in your vehicles hand book or ask at your local parts counter. Check with the vehicles owner for a history of any oil leaks. Do not start or drive the vehicle without oil. Check for the oil filler cap having been replaced correctly. Check that the PCV hoses are in place and in good condition. The PCV system vents the engine and if it is not in good working order the engine crankcase will become pressurised and force oil out of seals and joints. If the oil comes into contact with rotating parts it will be flung around the engine compartment leaving the mess you describe. With oil replaced in the engine, being mindful of rotating parts, run the engine and look for a leak. Steam cleaning is the ideal way to clean up the mess, but you can use an aerosol can of brake cleaner on a cold turned off engine, together with rags or paper towels. Hot parts could ignite the brake cleaner, but it does evaporate very quickly.
7down vote If oil drips on a pulley or a belt then the rotation of those objects could sling the oil everywhere, even as high as the bottom of the hood. Most likely an oil leak would have to be above these components and a good guess would be through something like a failed valve cover gasket.
Another possibility is that it is leaking near the front of the car from (oil cooler line, for example) and the wind from driving and the radiator fan could be blowing the oil to a variety of places, but I feel this is less likely to make it to the hood in any significant quantity.
If the oil is leaking this badly then you might be able to start the car (make sure you fill it back up with oil before you start it again) and see if you can watch and see the oil dripping.
Just to be clear, don't drive it when the oil is empty otherwise you will create bigger problems then an oil leak. If you absolutely have to drive it before fixing it, then fill it will oil and check the level frequently to make sure it doesn't get to empty before your final destination.

I would also suggest that you clean the excess oil off before re-filling. Once you've refilled the engine with oil let the car sit for a couple hours and do a visual inspection to see if oil is leaking again and if so, from where. That will help immensely with troubleshooting.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016


3 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 175 Answers

SOURCE: Bad oil leak driver side front fender

There is an adapter for the oil filter with 2 lines coming out of it above the drive shaft from the transfer case to the front differential. The O ring on these will go sometimes causing loss of oil. Also check the 2 lines for leaks and cracks.

Posted on Jul 09, 2009

  • 1949 Answers

SOURCE: i have a major oil leak on my 1989 toyota tercel

u well have to know for sure my have to clean and find out because there is a seal there too

Posted on Dec 18, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Why does the battery light and brake light flash on & off?

If it can be determined that the oil leak caused the alt. to fail prematurely it should be replaced at no cost to you.If it is obvious and there is alot of oil on the alt.I would file it under the warranty.

Jul 02, 2013 | 2007 Kia Sedona LX Minivan

1 Answer

Leaking oil everywhere

clean all the leaking oil and dirt off, have the engine pressure washed and then drive it and ID the leak, there is no other way to diagnose a leak, u need a clean engine, the oil goes everywhere when driving.

May 19, 2010 | 1998 Audi A4

1 Answer

Leaks oil ,changed oil pressure switch, still leaks. was told gasket behind oil filter housing could be problem.

this is possiable, the best thing to do is have the engine cleaned of all residual oil and then drive the car a few ays and recheck the leak, it will be easier to see the source of the leak that way, on oil leaks i hate to guess, oil gets blown everywhere by road draft so it come from up front and be all over the side of the engine

Nov 17, 2009 | 1992 Ford Crown Victoria

1 Answer

Where is the oil pressure switch located

Is the sending unit kind of skinny?Black with a wire connector on it?If it has oil comeing from it,that would be the oil sending unit,they will leak sometimes when they go out.I hope this was helpful,If so ,please let us know,thanks.

Oct 07, 2009 | 2002 Buick Rendezvous

1 Answer

Bad oil leak driver side front fender

There is an adapter for the oil filter with 2 lines coming out of it above the drive shaft from the transfer case to the front differential. The O ring on these will go sometimes causing loss of oil. Also check the 2 lines for leaks and cracks.

Jul 07, 2009 | 1999 GMC Jimmy

1 Answer

2.2l toyota camra engine has pressure leaking from engine when oil fill is removed from valve cover, is this normal, i also have small oil drip at pan gkt.

replace the pcv valve. If it is not working it will allow pressure to build up in the crankcase. this will cause leaks everywhere.

Jun 29, 2008 | 1995 Toyota Camry

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

17 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Cars & Trucks Experts


Level 3 Expert

80263 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers

john h

Level 3 Expert

15139 Answers

Are you a Car and Truck Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides