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My car was just given an oil change and now it is leaking oil from the drain plug. How do I fix this?

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If you had it done at a shop, take it back right away, they may have left the plug loose. If you did it yourself, make sure the plug is tight. If it is tight, you may have to replace the drain plug gasket. This is usually a small seal that goes on the plug. Sometimes it gets lost when the oil change is done. If you take the plug out when the engine is cold, you can remove the plug and hold your thumb on the drain hole while someone installs the gasket for you and then quickly replace the plug. Tricky, but possible.

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Hi it sounds to me like who ever did the service never replaced the copper washer on the drain plug, this copper washer compresses and makes a seal preventing any leaks so they should be replaced after every service.

you have 2 options the first would be to try tightening it up slightly to see if that will seal it again.

failing that your going to need to drain the oil out and get a new copper washer and refit the drain plug and put the oil back in

how ever if you had the service done at a garage then i would take it back to them and say you never had an oil leak before and just ask them if the copper washer was replaced and if so can they tighten it up as its leaking every where.

they will do this for you and wont charge you as this is their fault

let me know if you need further assistance ok

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