How To Fix Engine Oil Leaks

Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 46 years, shows how to fix engine oil leaks in your own car. And, If you like my car help, be sure to watch my live car talk show every Saturday morning at 10 AM CST on YouTube. I answer your car questions LIVE there. Just check it out at . And remember, every TUESDAY I upload a new video, so don’t miss them.

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  1. Thorin Oakenshield
    Thorin Oakenshield 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Can I adopt you I'm having to much issue with my Toyota Yaris it's been eating to much oil for years took it to two mechanics who didn't bother sorting the issue out now every month I have to fill her up now my exhaust is making noise when revving and no smoking coming out but my dad put he's hands at the exhaust and he's hands went black

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  2. ktrez2000
    ktrez2000 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Are the seals in these engines made out of inferior material that leads to their becoming brittle? If an engine seal additive had been added to the oil on occasion for a high mileage engine been used, would it have softened the seals and made them seal better?

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  3. tanairy rivera
    tanairy rivera 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hi Scott I have a 2003 camry le mi car is burning up my engine oil but does not have a leak the mechanics said there's rasedue of burn oil on the spark plugs what u think its the problem

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  4. david Rodgers
    david Rodgers 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    First let me start by saying I watch your site often and have learned a lot from you. Here's my question, I have a 2000 accord lx with a 2.4 with 270k on it that I have replaced an exhaust valve on FOUR times. I can't figure out what is causing the valve to burn. I have replaced the egr valve and checked for leaks in the exhaust but find none. Its always the same valve on the same cylinder. The one next to
    the dist. Any ideas.

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  5. Claude Assanvo
    Claude Assanvo 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hey Scotty , i have the exact same problem right now. Im a student and I cant afford to have someone fix it. I think i can do it myself.What are the exact tools I need to get to perfor this fix, including the impact driver and also the sockets. thank you again for your help

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  6. Ganesh Ashook
    Ganesh Ashook 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    I am a mechanic too

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  7. Jose Maldonado
    Jose Maldonado 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    hey Scotty I have a 99 Nissan altima I changed the crankshaft seal but it still leaks oil can't find the leak

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  8. Sumitsarwal
    Sumitsarwal 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    this man is great hahaha.

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  9. J Ortiz
    J Ortiz 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    hello scotty i just replace a head gasket on my honda accord 95 i had a oil leak from my head gasket its not mixing with antifreeze im still having the same problem can that be it that seal you replace in this video.

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  10. Dvenchy
    Dvenchy 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    I have a 97 audi A4, back in Jan we had a temperature drop to 17 degrees one night. The next morning, I noticed a puddle of oil under the car bur for whatever reason I didn't give it much thought. Drove it down the street about three miles to get some gas and while at the pump noticed that oil was leaking out on the ground like crazy. Had it towed to a shop that doesn't really work on audis and they didn't have a clue. I haven't driven the car since, but I want to have it taken to an audi shop. I read on the audi forum that it actually might not be as bad as I thought. Any ideas what it might be? Poured a couple of quarts in it just to start it and it went straight through to the ground, but didn't leak before the car was started. Only after it was running for a minute.

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  11. davecooper360
    davecooper360 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Lol! You make it look so easy! Great video! 

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  12. marco munoz
    marco munoz 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    whats the best silicone to seal oil?

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  13. Feng Chao
    Feng Chao 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hi Scotty, thanks for your great videos! My 100K mileage car got engine oil leak. Every morning, I start the car, blue smoke comes out from the tailpipe, which is gone within 1 minute. I got it checked, they told me I need to change the gasket inside engine, which costs 1000 dollars. They also told me if I do not change it, the smoke will damage the catalytic converter, which is also very expensive. The oil leak is very, very slow, I would say it is still full after 1 month. Can you give me any suggestion? Thank you very much. It is a 2006 Camry.

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  14. Wooh Luki
    Wooh Luki 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    do u have a video of how to fix oil leaks on a 2002 honda accord???

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  15. David T.
    David T. 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Scotty, a mechanic told me that to change the crank seal of my civic dx 2000, he has to unhook everything and take out the engine to do the job, which is obviously why the job is expensive and I cannot do myself at home. Before spending the money, I want to check with you to be sure this is the only way to approach the seal replacement for my civic (I will try AT-205 first, but if it does not fix). Other than that, any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  16. Hunter Hancock
    Hunter Hancock 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Scotty, I Have A Quick Question. We have a Murray Riding Lawn Mower that is leaking oil from the engine around the dipstick area. Should we use the AT-250 and mix it with the oil already in the mower, or drain all of the oil and then mix the at-250 with fresh oil? How much of the at-250 do we need to mix and what could be the cause of this leak?


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  17. Michael Shoangeremew
    Michael Shoangeremew 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hi Scotty great video
    i have 1997 ford taurus, Once I'm driving, everything is fine.  But when I stop, park and turn off engine, I notice
    that all my coolant is leaking out, but my car is not overheating which is good.  What
    causes this to happen?

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  18. Zyzyzx Zyzer
    Zyzyzx Zyzer 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Id rather eat grape nuts with no milk than fix cars. 

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    LAFU PAMA 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hi Scotty great video mate,just wanted ask what would you use to fix a very slight oil leak coming from a toyota corolla head gasket ? the vehicle is not over heating or using any water,its just a very little engine oil seeping through. Thank you for any help . cheers

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  20. Nani Shiro
    Nani Shiro 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hi Scotty!
    I called napa and orileys but they don't have a oil pump gasket for my 2000 nissan altima gxe. I've been looking online, but I can't seem to find where to buy it. Any recommendations?

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  21. Brenda Alejandro
    Brenda Alejandro 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    I have the same problem with my grand prix gt is it the same process as this video?

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  22. Chaflan Villa
    Chaflan Villa 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    thanks mr kilmer 

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  23. Luis Ho
    Luis Ho 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    OMG ! This job can cost about $400 for labor . Nice video. Thank you Scotty !

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  24. Jeff Sweet
    Jeff Sweet 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    After changing water pump and thermostat on my 94 Maxima GXE I thought my timing was of so I turned my cams to align them with the marks. I messed up. Can I put my engine to TDC and move the cams back into proper alignment? I hope I didn't ruin my engine

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  25. Ethan J.
    Ethan J. 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Scotty I've ordered a bottle of your recommended AT-205 reseal for an oil leak. Do I add the entire 8 ounce bottle to the oil? Its a 5.7L vortec motor. 

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  26. Matt Crampton
    Matt Crampton 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Great vid. Ughn!

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  27. Mike Rodriguez
    Mike Rodriguez 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Too big a job. Scotty, you make it look easy! 

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  28. lennin  hernandez
    lennin hernandez 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    nice thanks for your videos.

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  29. Jenny
    Jenny 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    When replacing the entire oil pump assembly on the Camry, there is a paper-type gasket.  Should anything by sprayed onto the paper-type gasket to help it seal?

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    Vanboneio | commentary gaming channel | / 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Do you think this leaking oil problem would always have to do with the pump gasket problem? or just a loose hose?

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  31. Cody Walker Jr.
    Cody Walker Jr. 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

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  32. hero
    hero 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Thanks a lot for your help scotty

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  33. hero
    hero 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Thanks for reply scotty. One more question. should i align all timing mark before or aftet i take off harmanic balancer. 

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  34. hero
    hero 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    I have oil leak from oil pump 97 camry. How do i set timing mark. Do i only align timing mark by turning crankshaft clockwise. Or i can turn camshaft back and forth to align cam shaft with engine grove mark. Do i take off harmonic pulley after i align all timing mark.

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  35. Lindsay Johnson
    Lindsay Johnson 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    +Scotty Kilmer  Just found out that My 1992 Cadillac Seville Had A gas Leak, So I Changed The Tank.. That was 2 Days Ago. I Looked Under The Car's Front End Today And Found Oil Coming From Somewhere In The Under Middle Of My Car Leading And Dripping Off Of The Front Right Wheel Axle. What Should I Dooo?

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  36. James D. Wheeler
    James D. Wheeler 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    I noticed all the comments are from jap imports!  Hmmmmmmmmmm!

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  37. The Babadook
    The Babadook 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    lol love how this guy grunts

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  38. Tanman Su
    Tanman Su 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hi Scott.  Can you change the camshaft oil seal  without having to loosen the cap on the camshaft . ?  Every one I know say you have to . Car is celica 94, want  to change the exhaust camshaft oil seal . thanks and regards

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  39. mrdeath212
    mrdeath212 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    can i do the same to a 99 corolla that has a timing chain? i recently changed by valve cover gasket but my car is still losing oil. there are no oil stains on the driveway so is it just burning the oil or something? when i changed the valve cover gasket i had to take out the coil things and 2 of them had a slight amount of oil on them but not much. 

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  40. Carla Daniels
    Carla Daniels 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    I have a 98 Chevy C1500 that has developed an oil leak. I can't really tell where it's coming from; underneath the engine somewhere. I think it may be the oil pan drain plug or oil filter; I just had the oil changed about 1000 miles ago. My check gages light has been coming on intermittedly and the darned oil pressure gage is all over the map. Any idea(s) what might be going on?

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  41. Carla Daniels
    Carla Daniels 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    OMFG, you make this look so easy. I wish it were this easy.

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  42. keel c
    keel c 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    It was leaked from valve cover..i replace casket thx ..

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  43. Stanley Hill
    Stanley Hill 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Thanks Scotty I think I'll tackle this for my mom since Toyota quoted $ 1,050.00 -_- If she doesn't find anyone else to do it 🙂 Is there anyway to keep the timing from moving or will I have to reset the timing? Love your videos!

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  44. keel c
    keel c 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    I got 93 camry , 4 cylinder have to add oil about a quart a week . I saw the wet engine oil on the back of motor, do not see any leak on parking…what a clue ??

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  45. Rosaline Terrill
    Rosaline Terrill 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Will this work with a nissan xterra?

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  46. Ireland Isle
    Ireland Isle 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    brilliant video

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  47. dj geo
    dj geo 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Jaja nice videos man,..nice work

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  48. Waleed Al-Haidary
    Waleed Al-Haidary 30 January, 2016, 15:08

    Hi Scotty, I did what you adviced in the video and strangly, I found the leaking comes from around a small bolt on the underside of the engine body, the leak is clear and obviews when the engin is running, what could this be? and is there a simple way to fix it for good? thanks for any tips in advance.

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