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Ran over something in road and now oil is spilling out. If oil pan is leaking is that a hard or expensive repair? 2002 NissanSentra.

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It is not a real hard job. and you should be able to find a used one fairly cheap. i would check the oil filter first.

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You must not attempt to drive this vehicle !

Chances are the sump (oil pan) has been damaged and you mustn't attempt to drive it, until the leak has been repaired.

If the sump is damaged, then I would recommend you obtain another one from your nearest car wrecker (cheapest option).

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They are a quick job, not very expensive.

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Do NOT drive the car any further as you may loose all of the oil and cause the engine to seize.

Call your auto insurance as this can be considered an accident and repairs may very well be covered by your insurance.

Whatever you do, have the car towed to the repair shop of your choice.

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