Rotate image Save Cancel. Breaking news: See More. More Rules New Posts. Next Last. Tonight, my windshield washer fluid light came on, so I bought a refill and went to refill it at home. When I opened the hood, I stumbled upon this. It appears to be oil all over the the place mainly the hood, and on the left and right side, engine looks okay. I checked my oil and it still shows good levels, so hopefully this is something new.
After inspecting, I think it could be a missing cap on the left side, but I am not sure. Engine block cracked? See sig quote for details. Can't say I'm surprised It's about time we all take a step back and look at what the Honda Motor Company has ultimately become. The brand has itself to blame for these issues due to excessive cost cutting and under-engineering their newer products.
I searched engine block crack, thanks for the heads up btw, but it seems related to coolant. Or can it affect oil too? I think my problem is with the oil. After searching honda engine, it appears one cap is missing. I'll find a replacement, clean up the mess and then check on it afterward to see if it's still happening. Although any other ideas of the problem is useful.
So all the caps are tight? The colour resembles fresh engine oil, power steering fluid or some rust proofing fluid. Almost like corrosion free?
ATF is red, coolant is blue so it shouldn't be those. Brake fluid would eat paint. Is this manual or automatic? Clutch master cylinder is also brake fluid, but if you loose that much. You wouldn't be able to disengage clutch. Was this car rustproofed recently? The affected area are all exposed metal. It looks like your car was oil sprayed for rust prevention.
Start the car and then look to see if any oil is gushing out, then you will know for sure if there is a leak. I'm just curious what's missing.First off, i'm sure this question is simple for people who know cars.
I really don't, and the problem is very simple. I was driving to dinner, which is about a 10 minute car ride, and before I parked I noticed the air from the vents smelled like engine exhaust.
While I was driving home, I noticed the same smell. When I got home, I I noticed a very small amount of smoke coming from under the hood while the car was running.
I opened the hood and realized oil had sprayed while I was driving from somewhere and was dripping on the pavement. Under the plastic cover which is directly over the engine there was a place where it looked like something was missing, and close to it was a few wires which looked like they had been burning.
I have no idea what it might be, but my guess is a head gasket?? What puzzles me is why I smelled exhaust, why there were burnt wires, and the oil spraying.
Thanks for any help! NO way will it be the head gasket, the headgasket will make it hard to start and when you do start it, tons and tons of White smoke will be rolling out the back.
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It look like an oil explosion under my hood?
Update: the oil cap is fine Answer Save. Favorite Answer. Brian W Lv 5. Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.I have a 99 Catera I had a tune up done and they changed my coils NOW it looks like an oil explosion Oil is on my battery, it's everywhere.
When I took it back to them they said I have a blown head gasket. Maybe they just put the oil on the engine so you can come back and they can claim the head gasket is blown. In other words, a head gasket leak drips oil, it doesn't shoot all over the place. Did they do a compression check to verify this? Sounds more like a valve cover gasket or something like that allowing oil to leak out. Most generally when a head gasket blows you have coolant problems and overheating too along with white smoke out the exhaust pipe.
Look for oil spots under the car when it has been sitting a while after shutting it off. Like overnight. Even a lose or blown out oil filter will cause oil to be slung out onto the engine. If the car is running okay otherwise then I'd be looking for leaks instead. If you are smart you will stay away from that place.
Either they knocked something loose wrestling around when doing the tuneup or are trying to pull a fast one Make sure the oil is full long enough to get it someplace else! Trending News. Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus. Hosting shakeup on 'Dancing With the Stars'. States extend unemployment while Congress debates. Actress Kelly Preston dies at 57 after cancer battle. Trump turns focus to Obama after coronavirus question. Grant Imahara, 'Mythbusters' co-host, dies at All eyes are on Disney World following its reopening.
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Pilsner Man Lv 7.Got my 93 legacy about a week and a half ago, was owned by the dealership's owner who gave me the rundown on the car while he had it. Basically he had it for a little over a yr, put maybe 1k on it since it was just getting used to go to like the store or something and decided to sell it after it was sitting for almost a month.
When I initally was looking at it at the dealership the sales guy started it up and you could smell burning oil almost immediately from the exhaust. After it warmed it the smell disappeared and other than a little bit of excess smoke coming out of the tailpipe I just chalked it up to carbon?
Now, there's a bit of smoke coming from under the hood when it's been running for a while and when I run it around 5k and up more smoke coming out of the tailpipe again. I dont have any oil leaks I can find so any ideas what can be doing this?
If it makes a difference this car does get used quite a bit, almost 1k put on it since it was bought. The tailpipe smoke is white so I dont think it's burning oil either, but I havent checked it yet. Is this the 2. I was wondering how much oil you've been through in that miles? This is full Fuel injected too right? Normally when white smoke shows up there is some other engine problems like stalling or hard to start and leans toward moisture in the fuel. Any other symptoms?
White smoke in the exhaust usually means that coolant is burning off. This would indicate a leaking head gasket. Your underhood smoke problem is probably not related to the above. Have a lookn underneath the engine, a small oil leak dripping onto the exhaust can cause a lot of smoke. Check your valve cover gaskets. If you can't find it take it to a mechanic and they can run an engine die through your motor and then they take a black light and they can usually pin-point where the leak is coming from.
Possible way to save money. I know of 3 such cases in addition to my own OB. In each case it was valve cover gaskets leaking, then onto the exhaust. Just enough to smoke a little and smell burnt. Do you need other work you can justify leaking cam seals, front crank seal, etc.???
I solved the prob by gettin new cv bootsstops them things flingin grease all over the CAT. If there were other things going on with it I'd have an easier time figuring out what's going on, but other than the smoke there's absolutely nothing else.
I do believe the CV boots are fine since those tend to make noise once they start going. I was wondering if it was the valve cover gaskets, I heard subarus have issues with them. I'll be checking it out tomorrow when I get the chance I just had my daughter a couple weeks ago, kinda presses me for time.
And all over everything under the car. Helluva mess to clean up. The EJ22 engine you have in that car is very reliable, and does not have the Head Gasket Problem that you have heard about. That is the early models of the EJ25 engine 2. The first model had internal leaks that caused big problems, and the second model had external leaks that caused smaller problems, but was still bad.
All of us are looking closely at those engines to see if Subaru has finally fixed this problem well, at least I am.
Now where, exactly is it smoking? The thread title says under the hood smoke coming up from around the front of the carwhile your post only talks about the smoke coming from the tailpipe which is white, indicating burning moisture.It is often said that changing the oil is the single most important thing you can do to take care of your car.
Nevertheless, it is something that many automobile owners delay—and the results of procrastination can be dire. The purpose of oil is to cut down on friction within your engine. When you have high quality, clean oil that is doing its job properly, it means the components of your engine are working well without rubbing together and causing corrosion. Over time, though, oil becomes contaminated and loses its viscosity.
In a word, it gets dirty. And when that happens, it loses its ability to prevent friction—which means the components of your engine will literally be wearing each other down, causing erosion and potentially significant mechanical failings.
One of the most typical signs of oil leak is seeing a puddle of greasy-looking brown liquid under your car, after it has been parked for a while. However, many vehicles today have shielding underneath, which will most likely catch the oil before it hits the ground.
That can hide a potentially major oil leak. In this case, a low oil level indicator will be your sign of leakage.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Valve Cover Gasket
An engine covered in oil is also a pretty good sign of leakage. You will be able to notice if the oil is leaking or seeping from several places. Usually, it is due to degraded engine gaskets or oil seals. Rough roads can lead to a hole which will cause an oil pan leak. It may happen that one of the gaskets that keep oil inside is Improperly installed.
Most commonly, this happens when the oil pan gasket or valve cover gasket are over-tightened. It can also happen when tightness is not evenly distributed. Leaking rings or valve seals can also be contributing to your car losing oil. Regardless of the specific cause, it is urgent to stop an oil leak, so take your vehicle to the Meineke shop immediately. Following the oil leak, you may encounter the smell of burnt oil, followed by blue smoke and ultimately some major damage to your engine. Do not delay in addressing this issue.
All of this begs the question: How frequently should you change the oil in your car? The simple solution, then, is to change your oil as often as the manufacturer recommends, in order to prevent a major oil leak. Thankfully, there is no harm in getting your oil changed too frequently—though this can take a toll on your wallet. There is no need to have the oil changed more regularly than what the manufacturer recommends. The light almost certainly means that whatever oil is left in your engine has lost its ability to function properly, which means your engine is undergoing a great deal of wear and tear.
Some auto owners just take their cars in for oil changes every five to six months, but this does not take into account the seasons in which the vehicles are driven more or less than usual. As for the specific mileage, all cars are different.
The standard for older vehicles was often no more than 3, miles, but newer cars can often get 7, to 10, out of a single oil change.
Again, the critical thing is to look at your manufacturer recommendation, and not to delay getting oil changed as needed, hopefully before your light comes on or you see oil leaks staining your driveway.
To schedule an oil change with the Meineke team, contact our nearest local Meineke Car Care Center at your convenience. Take your vehicle to a shop straight away. It also depends on the type of vehicle, the engine, and the location of the leak. Simply changing the oil will not fix the leak. Obviously, a major oil leak will lower your oil levels faster, and lead to other, more serious problems. For small leaks, the location matters the most, as a leak from the front crank seal or the timing cover will shorten the life of the timing belt or engine drive belts, while a valve cover gasket leak will get oil on the hot exhaust manifold, potentially causing smoke or even fire.
Although there are several products on the market targeting DIY leak stops, the best course of action would be taking your car to a shop, because properly identifying the underlying cause is crucial. Skip to Main Content.Engine oil spills aren't as uncommon as you might think; in fact many engines have a certain amount of the stuff where they shouldn't.
Seal and gasket leaks and accidental spills during filling happen every day, and rarely to they result in any major catastrophe.
Even synthetic motor oils are mostly mineral oil by volume, which means that they operate like most other hydrocarbons when exposed to enough heat. Motor oil will burn just like gasoline or kerosene; it just burns much slower and requires higher temperatures to ignite.
Generally speaking, the flashpoint for motor oil the temperature at which it vaporizes to form an ignitable gas falls between and degrees Fahrenheit; autoignition temperature the temperature at which it will catch fire without another ignition source for such heavy oil lands at about degrees.
If the motor oil lands on something that exceeds its flashpoint, it'll just smoke and form an ignitable gas. However, this gas requires the presence of an open flame, and will more than likely go out if the flame does.
Odds are best that the oil won't ignite unless it touches the exhaust manifold or catalytic converter, and even then there's no guarantee that those surfaces will exceed its autoignition temperature.How to Fix Engine Oil Leaks in Your Car
If you can wipe the oil off or soak it up with a rag, then that's preferable to just letting it sit there and solidify into sludge. A little soap and dish detergent will take car of the residue, provided that you can get to it.
If you can't get to the oil spill, then keep a fire extinguisher handy and start the car. Allow it to idle with the hood up and burn away the oil while you keep watch. This article was written by the It Still Works team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information.
It only takes a minute to sign up. My friend lent me her Toyota Corolla and as I put it in my driveway I saw oil drops. I later lifted the the hood and saw oil spilled inside the top of the hood and on the belt every where. It was showing empty on the oil dip stick and a pool of oil under the car on the driver's side. If oil drips on a pulley or a belt then the rotation of those objects could sling the oil everywhere, even as high as the bottom of the hood. Most likely an oil leak would have to be above these components and a good guess would be through something like a failed valve cover gasket.
Another possibility is that it is leaking near the front of the car from oil cooler line, for example and the wind from driving and the radiator fan could be blowing the oil to a variety of places, but I feel this is less likely to make it to the hood in any significant quantity. If the oil is leaking this badly then you might be able to start the car make sure you fill it back up with oil before you start it again and see if you can watch and see the oil dripping.
Just to be clear, don't drive it when the oil is empty otherwise you will create bigger problems then an oil leak. If you absolutely have to drive it before fixing it, then fill it will oil and check the level frequently to make sure it doesn't get to empty before your final destination.
First job is to refill the engine with oil. Check for the correct oil in your vehicles hand book or ask at your local parts counter. Check with the vehicles owner for a history of any oil leaks. Do not start or drive the vehicle without oil.
Check for the oil filler cap having been replaced correctly. Check that the PCV hoses are in place and in good condition. The PCV system vents the engine and if it is not in good working order the engine crankcase will become pressurised and force oil out of seals and joints. If the oil comes into contact with rotating parts it will be flung around the engine compartment leaving the mess you describe.
With oil replaced in the engine, being mindful of rotating parts, run the engine and look for a leak. Steam cleaning is the ideal way to clean up the mess, but you can use an aerosol can of brake cleaner on a cold turned off engine, together with rags or paper towels. Hot parts could ignite the brake cleaner, but it does evaporate very quickly. I second everything jzd and Allan Osborne recommend.