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Saw oil leak and really worried

2 weeks ago there was a check engine sign and today there was smoke and saw an oil leak

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Our son just replaced the front crankshaft seal on his but the check engine light wouldn't turn on unless the oil level had gotten way too low.
Said the replacement wasn't that difficult but he had to do it twice as a gasket did not align correctly the first time.

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