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I have noticed a small amount of oil under my car. what is the most common cause of an oil leak

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SEALS ARE GOING OUT

Posted on Jul 21, 2010

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    wesley mcgriff Aug 04, 2010

    there are seals around the oil pan those are proble going out or the bolt in to the oil pan mite neet tightend feel free to contact me if have anymore quetions

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