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I ran over something in the road and oil is leaking out could it be the oil pan need to be replace

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Drive the car for a bit, then park it with a piece of cardboard under the front wheels... Let it sit for an hour or overnight then you'll see where the oil is coming from.

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It very well could be. But it could also be a hose, hard line, a cooler, filter, etc.
The best thing to do is to go to a reputable oil change place and see if they can see the leak and tell you exactly where the source is. Many places that have oil change bays where the customer just drives the car in over an open pit will perform the leak check for free since they don't have to do much more than guide you into the bay and the man working in the pit can just walk over and check things out while you sit in the car. They will hope to get your business but you can get the info and a repair quote from them and still shop around. If you have Express Oil Change franchises in your area I know for a fact they will do this free of charge.

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SOURCE: Ran over something in road and now oil is spilling

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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