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Oil Leak Diagnosis Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

The average cost for an oil leak diagnosis is between $88 and $111. Labor costs are estimated between $88 and $111. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

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Best Practices

Fluid leaks tend to move in a downward and rearward direction. Therefore, oil leaking under the rear of the engine may have originated at the upper front engine area. One way a shop avoids misdiagnosing oil leaks is to use oil detection dye that helps to pinpoint the exact source of the leak.

Common Misdiagnoses

Fluid leaks tend to move in a downward and rearward direction. Therefore, oil leaking under the rear of the engine may have originated at the upper front engine area. One way a shop avoids misdiagnosing oil leaks is to use oil detection dye that helps to pinpoint the exact source of the leak.

Common Symptoms

There are several systems that can leak oil. Each fluid tends to be a different color, which can help to identify the leaking system.

  • Engine oil tends to be brown or black. It can be an amber color if it's new oil 
  • Power steering fluid can be many colors: clear, brown, green or red 
  • Automatic transmission fluid is reddish in color 
  • Engine coolant is green, red, orange, or clear. It has a watery consistency different from oil 

If engine oil is found leaking after an oil change, have the shop re-check to make sure that the oil filter and drain plug were properly installed.

Oil Leak Diagnosis Cost Estimates

The average cost for an Oil Leak Diagnosis is between $88 and $111 but can vary from car to car.

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