Just had an issue with my 2008 4runner. The engine light came on, and so I pulled over and checked the oil level. It seemed to not have any, so I added a quart. I looked under the car and saw that it was splattered all over the ground. I checked the oil plug and it is still in place.

Any ideas about what it could be?

Thanks for the help!


If it pours straight out when you pour it in, you should be able to see where it is leaking.

So get another quart of oil, place a tray down to catch the leaking oil and pour the new oil in. Now check around the oil filter, oil drain plug, any other sump plugs.

  • Awesome. Thanks! Any ideas as to the severity of the damage? Dec 21 '14 at 16:47
  • If it is just around the filter or sump plug it should be very easy to sort out. Damage-wise, it will depend on how long you ran it with low oil.
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 22 '14 at 17:49

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