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The check light is on and after starting the engine, i can see oil on the floor

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That's not good.

Check engine light could be due to low oil pressure caused by the loss. If you have some engine oil nearby, top-off your car (to prevent seizing) and then get to a local auto parts store or dealer and get them to run the engine code (auto parts store will do it for free, dealer won't).

The engine code should reveal what is wrong, but it sounds, at the minimum, the crush washer that goes beneath the bolt in the oil drain pan needs to be replaced - some times after an oil change a mechanic might over-tighten that bolt and damage the crush washer too much. The crush washer is design to distort to cause an air-tight seal and prevent leaking. Leaking oil would reduce pressure and, in turn, cause check engine light to come on

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