I've noticed a sudden oil leak - meaning the engine never leaked a single drop up to 50,000 miles - and then one day after coming home from the shop I noticed small amounts of oil on the garage floor.
Two things happened concurrently which may have contributed to this and I'm looking for advice. The first thing is the shop visit where they checked my AC out, adding some refrigerant I believe. The very first leaking began for sure when I parked it after this visit.
The other thing that happened a week or two before this is that I overfilled the oil. I was concerned about that and I read the posts about this, but felt there was little risk in problems, so I didn't suck any oil out - just let it ride.
So now the leak is pretty substantial. The engine cover looks oily with oil leaking from more than one of the holes. There is no smoking or much smell of burning oil out of the ordinary. In the bottom picture, the oil in the foreground is from a 24 hour period, after taking the car out, warming it up yesterday, adding oil to end of twist on dipstick and then parking overnight. The older "puddle" is from about 3 months not being driven.
How bad might this be? How minimal might this be? Merry Christmas to me right?
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How long ago was your oil changed? You mentioned overfilling a few weeks ago, did you change your oil yourself recently or were you just topping off? If you did it recently, maybe you didn't snug the filter or drain plug enough or use a fresh crush washer on the drain plug?
Otherwise, could be leaking lower valve cover gaskets, oil return tube seals, timing chain covers, etc. More investigation will be needed.
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