By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
September 11, 2019 11:06am CST
My beloved 2008 Nissan Xterra (an SUV built on a truck frame) has an oil leak. Today I gave up on buying quarts and bought a five quart "jug" of oil and will keep adding oil until I can get it fixed. I have no idea whether the leak is in any way related to the accident I was in up in Montana. I had thought the damage to my car was only cosmetic. Send some prayers up to the Mechanic and Body Shop Gods for me.
22 people like this
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
You don't say how much oil you're losing but make sure it's not dripping on a hot manifold of exhaust pipe. I don't know how hard your collision was but I doubt that the leak has anything to do with that. Oil leaks tend to spring up from hardened gaskets caused by expansion and contraction from extreme temperature changes.
• Saco, Maine
Depending on the model of the car, "just a bad gasket" can get pretty involved and expensive as it means disconnecting lots of stuff under the hood. I've learned that lesson well with my Subaru. NO cheap fixes with Subaru leaks. I hope Nissan's are more cooperative for his sake.
• Olney, Illinois
@Raelove I've had to replace head gaskets, oil pan gaskets (where I had to loosen the motor mounts and jack the engine up to remove the oil pan) and various others that were a total pain, but were still much cheaper than replacing the engine or the entire vehicle.
• Walnut Creek, California
I remember people actually filling up cars...and even checking the oil...from my childhood days. My dad was always friendly with the service station guys. Thanks. I'm an optimist. But the data seem to support my optimism right now. The car drives fine, and I got my usual 20.5 mpg on my trip to Montana.
• Saco, Maine
I have a 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon, and it has both a leaking head gasket and a leaking oil cover gasket. So I'm creating quite the stain on the asphalt where I park. I cannot afford to fix either, as we're talking into the thousands of dollars here, and the car's too old for that. Hope your fix isn't too bad or expensive.
• Saco, Maine
@TheHorse From what I've learned, replacing gaskets always involves removing the engine parts they're attached to. It can be minimal, depending on where they're located on the engine, or it can be extensive. With Subaru's, everything is so hard to get at that it almost always is extensive. Which is why I can't fix my leaks! Good luck with your car!
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
I also had a problem with oil leak, it turned out oil was leaking into the water system (water had a leak too) I bought a new engine and other parts for a 8400 ILS. Ummm...that was one of my highest salaries that went straight to the car. I suggest you better check the water system too. If you see the water is dirty inside the water tank, with something green or black or brown, it can be oil.
• Denver, Colorado
Hello, I am a mechanic first and a computer-pro second... I would suggest taking some pictures and / or video of the leak start where it is hitting the ground and look up... lol... we need plenty of light of course. I am really good at following oil leaks to their source. I would not tighten any bolts as you might do more harm and cause a new leak. I have a co-worker with and Xtera so if I need to I can look at his to compare and I believe we could narrow this down. follow the areas that are washed clean. motor oil has detergents that will wash off any grease leaving a clear bright trail that leads back to the source. Sometimes oil will follow a line or hose from one area to a completely different area. Transmission cooler lines can accommodate that trick as an example. shoot a couple of pics of the damage too and I can tell if it's related... I am totally new and this is my first post, I signed up because I read your story and would hate to see you ruin an engine or worse have a fire or what have you... We could even do a live video thing if need be.... Marc side story... I fixed a jeep one time where someone had hooked up the PCV hose to the wrong port essentially disabling it and the oil seemed to be coming from everywhere, a huge mess underneath but up top seemed dry??? reconnecting the hose to the correct vacuum port totally fixed her issue.
• Marion, Ohio
I hope its not a big repair. It could be from the accident. My daughter slid into a guardrail on ice one time and thought the same thing. A couple of years later her tranny started leaking. The mechanic said it had slightly bent the metal line and that caused it to break over time.