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I have a oil pan leak in my car how serious is the problem. mechanic told me that i can drive the car for sometime before changing the pan. How to find how serious is the problem so that i can change

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As long as you dont mind oil on the driveway and you keep it topped up you are fine. My Daughter had a leak and needed to put a qt of oil every week, it was like this for years!!! She never did give it an oil change as it was always new!

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