Do I Really Have An Oil Leak? – Toyota Matrix 2008

Car Forum Repair & Maintenance Do I Really Have An Oil Leak? – Toyota Matrix 2008

  • enilnoda
    Community Member
    October 14, 2022 at 8:26 am


    I took my Matrix to a shop for an oil change.  They said they couldn’t change the oil because the valve cover gasket is leaking oil badly.

    But later, I checked my oil and it was full.  There was oil between the two holes on the dipstick.  In fact, it was up to the top hole.  But it’s only a thin film.  I added a quart to be sure.  Then the oil was past the top hole.

    So, my question is, how can my oil be full if I have a bad leak?  Am I misreading the dipstick somehow?  Is the shop lying to me?  Or is there some other explanation?  Thanks.

    Brand: Toyota
    Model: Matrix
    Year: 2008

    Community Member
    October 17, 2022 at 8:19 am
    Down Accepted answer

    Do you ever need to top up your engine oil between changes?

    Also, if there’s a big leak, you should be able to notice it. Do you see any traces of oil on the engine?