Low oil

I was changing the rear disc brakes on my car today when I got done and backed my car out of the garage I noticed a very small puddle of engine oil. Where does this most commonly leak from? Any ideas or tips? Thanks!

My car has 114000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
The most common leak area is from the drain plug or oil filter. Make sure you identify the oil as engine or transmission or coolant or power steering fluid. Check all fluid levels and keep them full. If you see the oil leak coming from the oil filter or drain plug, make note of this and have an oil change done.

How to Identify and Fix Common car Problems ?

Our sources include academic articles, blog posts, and personal essays from experienced mechanics :

If your Honda Civic oil light comes on before your scheduled oil change, it can mean that the Honda Maintenance Minder™ System has detected a low oil level, which could be due to the oil breaking down more quickly than expected.
Pour 4 quarts of 5W-20 oil into the funnel. Make sure to use 5W-20 oil.
Low oil pressure means internal components of the engine might not be lubricated correctly. An engine that`s not correctly lubricated will get damaged and cause complete failure. If the engine has the correct amount of oil, then the oil light could be from the oil pump, a sensor, or even just low oil pressure.
When oil life reaches 0%, service on your vehicle`s engine is now overdue. By driving with degraded oil, your Honda`s engine may fail or significant damage may be caused.
When you drive with a low oil level, you risk causing damage to the moving parts of your engine. That`s because engine oil is designed to provide lubrication for the moving parts of your engine. The lower the engine, the most likely these parts will experience friction. This can lead to excessive parts wear.
3.7 quarts. w/of. After refill check oil level.
But to keep this Honda running smoothly, you`ll need to know its engine oil capacity, which is 3.9 quarts.
Owner`s Rave Most Honda Civics will Reach 100,000 Miles with Good Care, Some have Documented Road to 500,000 Miles. Consensus about Honda Civic reliability among owners is that the Civic will go for as long as you`re willing to take great care of it.
Honda Civic mileage starts at 16.5 and goes up to 25.35 kmpl. The mileage of Civic Petrol is 16.5 kmpl and the mileage of Civic Diesel is 25.35 kmpl.
If it is low, you`ll need to top it off with fresh oil. Once you`ve added oil, crank the engine and see if the light goes off. If it does, get the oil changed soon and have the mechanic check for leaks that might have led to the low oil condition.
The 15 and 10 percent oil life indicator reminds you that the time is coming soon to take your vehicle in for the required maintenance. If you do not perform the indicated maintenance, negative mileage is displayed and begins to blink after the vehicle has been driven 10 miles (10 km) or more.
How long will 15% oil last? You should get between 750 and 1125 miles of range from 15% oil life. This is based on the pure assumption that a single oil change is required every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
Your oil life reading is a great indicator of when you should get your car`s oil changed. Reading between 15% and 40% absolutely warrants an oil change. Anything reading lower than 15% should be taken care of immediately.
The lower line represents the minimum mark and usually indicates the engine oil is approximately one-quart low. The engine oil level should be in the cross hatch section and at or slightly below the full mark when the engine is cool.
Low oil levels cause valves to burn up, seals to dry out, and internal parts to heat up and eventually deform or break. Until something breaks, the engine will continue to lose power and burn more fuel while running poorly.
Engine Oil COMMA Pro-Tech 5W-30, 5l, Synthetic Oil.
Engine Oil

Capacity: 4.4 quarts (with filter).

Most car engines are designed to handle 5w20 oil because this type of oil flows well when the engine reaches its operating temperature of 212 degrees. If 5w30 oil is used, the engine will encounter much more resistance at this stage which is not good for it.
To get an idea of how much oil you need; the gap between the marks on the dipstick usually represents around 1 litre of oil, so you know that if your oil mark was at the minimum, you need around a litre to top it up. If it`s only halfway down, you probably need around half a litre.
Honda`s R18 engine is one of the most reliable petrol-burning engines ever made. The 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated SOHC i-VTEC engine is mechanically simple and cheap to maintain.
Without 4.5 to 5 litres.
Our verdict on the Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC Sport

In the face of stiff competition and a general trend to move upmarket, Honda has worked hard to create a premium cabin ambience. Overall, the Civic is a solid all-rounder with a few ergonomic quirks but also offers a class-rivaling diesel engine.

They come with a timing chain, which does not need to be replaced.
Oil Pressure Warning Light: If you`ve got low engine oil in your vehicle, your Oil Pressure Warning Light will pop on the dashboard. The sensors in your oil tank can detect a drop in pressure. Once this light comes on, you`ll want to schedule your service as soon as possible.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

lost all oil pressure, replaced the oil pump, low oil sensor, oil pressure sensor, oil pan gasket,
ANSWER : The fuel pump will not stay on if you loose oil pressure. This is why it is shutting off. The loss of oil pressure may be from bad crankshaft bearings or camshaft bearings. The engine oil pan should be removed and the oil pump needs to be checked to ensure that you put in the pick up tube seal to the pump and connected the pump to the block. Then remove at least one main bearing cap and inspect the bearings for excessive wear and crankshaft damage. If you need some help with this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can help diagnose the issue with your oil pressure firsthand and help you fix it accordingly.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil

Low oil pressure light comes on when idle. Check engine light is on as well. Both came on after getting an oil change 3 days ago.
ANSWER : It is possible that they put in the wrong viscosity oil. In rare instances, a defective filter will also cause low pressure. If there is too much oil, it will aerate and cause low pressure. Be sure the oil level is really not above "max". The P2187 code will appear if the oil fill cap is not tight but it will also appear due to a myriad of causes because that code only "generally" identifies a lean running condition. Consequently, numerous parts would have to be tested including the O2 sensor, gas cap seal, manifold air leaks, any vacuum leak anywhere including PCV and EVAP systems, exhaust leaks, and fuel system faults such as failing fuel pump, clogged filter and more. Since the car has relatively low mileage, you would not expect a failed oil pump, although the pressure sensor (or switch) could be bad. However, the occurrence of the oil pressure warning light is quite coincidental to the oil change, thus I would suggest bringing the car back and asking them to redo with a new filter and double check the viscosity of the new oil that they use. If the problem persists after that, you will have to test actual operating oil pressure (at idle for instance) as well as the oil pressure switch. Finally, if the oil pressure warning light comes on continuously, unless the warning circuit itself is malfunctioning, that means the oil pressure is too low to operate the engine without damaging it. Anytime the light comes on for more than literally an instant, you should shut down the car and thus an issue like this obviously has to be repaired.

If you’d like, a YourMechanic certified mechanic can come to your home or place of business to inspect the vehicle and perform an oil pressure light is on inspection to diagnose the vehicle and suggest potential repairs.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil

after replacing oil pan gasket,low oil level light stays on, but oil level and pressure are normal?
ANSWER : Bob: Thanks for your inquiry. Oil level and oil pressure are measured using separate sensing systems. If the level sensing feature stopped working at the time the pan gasket was replaced, either the level sensor was damaged, not reconnected, or the wire harness and terminal were damaged. There is a possibility that the wire harness was just never re-connected to the level sensor so check that first. If you desire that this problem be diagnosed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right to your location, please request a warning light diagnostic – oil level and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil

think i put wrong oil in car went few miles lose power car dies oil in spark plugs still starts low oil blinking light before die.
ANSWER : Hello. If you put too thick of an oil in the car, then you may have damaged the engine bearings but this should not have caused oil to get in to the spark plugs unless the oil got into the intake of the engine or one of the pistons rings broke. If you ran it without oil and then tried to put oil in thinking it would be okay after that, then you were not that lucky and broke or damaged all of the rings on the pistons. If you would like to have this looked over, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the stalling issue and go over all of the relevant systems for a better diagnosis.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil

Stop car check oil warning
ANSWER : This light will usually come on when one of two things are happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly and may be producing a faulty reading. I would recommend first, to check the actual oil level in the motor by using the dipstick. Be sure the oil level reaches the "full" mark. If this registers as "full" then you likely have a faulty oil pressure sending unit. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to take a look at your vehicle to determine what may be causing your low oil pressure light to come on.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil

Do I need to change the oil filter and drain and refill the oil when the oil is low or do I just drain and refill the oil? 2014 Toyota Corolla
ANSWER : Hello – great question! Good for you as a new (to you) car owner, being cautious with a used, unfamiliar car. For sure, check it often for the first few months until you get a sense for whether it consumes oil , and how quickly. If you are inside an oil change interval – whether 3K or 5K miles – and it’s low, simply add enough oil to get the level back up to the "Max" marker on the dipstick. Repeat if necessary before the next oil & filter change. Change the oil and filter at the prescribed interval.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil

Truck has oil in it but when i am idling at a stoplight, the oil pressure gauge drops and says low oil 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L
ANSWER : Hello – assuming an adequate oil level, which you have checked, there may be a real oil pressure problem. It’s worth checking with a know working oil pressure gauge, so that you can get the real readings (i.e. 40 psi at running RPM, 10 psi at idle – both hot – would be acceptable). It’s expected that your oil pressure will drop at a hot idle, as long as you have good pressure above idle. Low hot pressures all around are indications of excessive connecting rod or crankshaft main bearings, camshaft bearings, or oil flow bleeding off elsewhere in the engine. For professional assistance, I recommend a low oil pressure inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil

Oil consumption. Burning oil. Oil light turns up on idle.
ANSWER : Hi there, thanks for writing in. The valve stem seals are the most common cause of this on your engine. When they fail, it requires that the cylinder heads be removed and rebuilt to fix it. The piston rings can also cause this but they are not as common. Unfortunately there is not anything, not even heavier oil that will fix this. You will need to have the heads rebuilt.

Read Full Q/A … : Low oil