Car Leaking Oil After Oil Change

So, you just had your oil changed and now your car is leaking oil. These quick tips will help you determine if you have a serious oil leak or not. If you find that your car is leaking oil after an oil change, check the following:

Check the Drain Plug

The drain plug is located at the bottom of the oil pan.

If the drain plug was not secured to the proper torque it may leak. Let the engine cool and check to see it if is at least finger tight. For precise tightening instructions, check your vehicle owner's manual.

The drain plug was cross threaded it may not seal completely.

The drain plug may also have a small rubber gasket that is missing. Check your owner's manual to see if you have all of the required pieces.

Check the Oil Filter

The oil filter can be located in several places throughout the engine compartment. Some are easy to find while others are tucked away where only elves can reach.

Check to see if the filter is tightened properly.
Check to see if the filter gasket is properly installed.

Check the Oil Filler Cap

If the oil cap was not properly replaced or if it is missing there is an obvious potential problem. Make sure the cap is in place and securely tightened.

Check the Valve Gasket Cover

Look around to valve gasket to see if there are any leaks. The valve gasket is between the valve cover and the lower part of the engine.


  1. One of the most challenging things about fixing an oil leak is finding where the leak is coming from. The most common leaks are those on the valve cover of the engine. Those are helpful tips, but getting it fixed can be a daunting task. If you don’t know what to do with it, wait for a professional to do the job for you. However, it would help to have a bit of know-how on such tasks to help finish the job faster.

    Michelina Douglass

    1. Absolutely! -- get help from a professional. Can't be said enough. Most people don't go past the "find the leak" step if they even go that far.

      Thanks for adding to the page!

  2. It is necessary to have your cars fixed as soon as possible whether or not the leak is serious. Either do it by yourself, ONLY IF you are knowledgeable and skilled about the process, or seek the help of experts. They are most capable in fixing the damages of your car and can help you prevent this specific car dilemma from happening again.

    Sandy Gonzales