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Old 06-07-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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I changed my oil a week or two ago and hadn't driven the car since. I did turn it on for a few seconds after I put the oil in. Anyway, today I took it about a 1/4 mile up the road to a friends house and parked and didn't notice any problems. A couple of hours later I came out and saw a small puddle underneath the car, but thought it couldn't be my car because I hadn't seen anything underneath it in my parking spot at my apartment in the last week or two and I walk by it everyday, so I thought I would have noticed. I drove to a Subway about a mile up the road for sandwiches and when I got there I noticed a bad smell so I looked under the hood and when I opened the hood there was smoke coming out. I figured it had to be the s/c oil I spilled when I was refilling it, and it was just burning off. I checked the oil in the car just to be safe and it was still full. I was going to leave the Subway but I saw another slightly larger puddle of oil under my car so I got underneath to see if I could see anything. My drain plug was tight and the filter was tight so I checked the oil again and it was still full so I headed home. About a 1/4 of the way home I noticed the oil pressure going up and down so I was freaking out. I stayed as close to idle as I could (I don't even think that is helpful if I don't have oil, but I was freaking out and didn't really know what to do). I tried to find a curb to pull the driver side wheel up on so I could get underneath to try to see what was happening but I couldn't find any low enough so I coasted to my friends house instead of trying to make it home. I got a jack from her truck but by that time it was dark and I couldn't see much of anything so I figured I'll give it another look tomorrow after class. Does anybody have any guesses as to what the problem might be and is something in my engine most likely screwed up now? Thanks.
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Check the oil filter that you took off if you still have it and make sure that the O ring gasket is still on it. Sometime what happens is they stick to the block and then cause a leak. That would be my guess anyway if the oil change was the only thing that you have done/changed.
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That happened to me once. I guess I did not tighten the oil all the way or sum shiet and I turned on the car to take it down from ramps and when I get off I look under the car and see a puddle of oil. I raged hard at that point. The filter seemed fine to me but I took it off again and put it back on and added another 5.5 querts of synthetic and it was fine after that.
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Check the oil filter that you took off if you still have it and make sure that the O ring gasket is still on it. Sometime what happens is they stick to the block and then cause a leak. That would be my guess anyway if the oil change was the only thing that you have done/changed.
I already checked and that was not the problem unfortunately. I was hoping it was going to be a simple, stupid mistake I made, but I checked the filter, drain plug, and oil cap first, and they all seemed to be on tight.

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That happened to me once. I guess I did not tighten the oil all the way or sum shiet and I turned on the car to take it down from ramps and when I get off I look under the car and see a puddle of oil. I raged hard at that point. The filter seemed fine to me but I took it off again and put it back on and added another 5.5 querts of synthetic and it was fine after that.
I took everything back off and drained all of the oil out again. I am planning to get some brake cleaner and clean up underneath the car (covered in oil from around the oil pan on back), fill it up with oil, jack it up, and start it to see if I can see any leaks underneath. I won't have time to devote to it until this weekend though. Thanks for the input guys.
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I already checked and that was not the problem unfortunately. I was hoping it was going to be a simple, stupid mistake I made, but I checked the filter, drain plug, and oil cap first, and they all seemed to be on tight. .

But did you check to see if the old filter O ring was stuck to the block?
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But did you check to see if the old filter O ring was stuck to the block?
Yep, I checked that too.
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