Oil poured out onto the driveway

Asked by Dec 01, 2016 at 04:54 PM about the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Wife bought a 1998 vw Beetle, she went out to
start it up, and it made a weird sound she
hadn't heard before, like listending to melting
plastic straw. She started it up, got outwalked
around the front and her oil was all over the
ground. Ran back over and shut the car off.
Causes? What to do?

2 Answers

26,595

Might be hydraulic fluid and not engine oil. Obviously you can't drive it until it's been inspected and problem fixed. You could pop the hood and see if a power steering hose came off. You'll have to check everything - oil, transmission, power steering, brakes, if it's not something you can do yourself, call a mobile mechanic or get it towed to a shop.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
76,865

If it was engine oil then you have big problems. If the fluid was red it could be from the transmission. Shutting it off may have saved you thousands.

Your Answer

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,780
  • #2
    Chris Billings
    Reputation
    1,550
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,360
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta
597 Great Deals out of 36,424 listings starting at $1,100
Used Jeep Wrangler
304 Great Deals out of 16,323 listings starting at $2,500
Used Honda Civic
814 Great Deals out of 73,912 listings starting at $1,400
Used Ford Mustang
712 Great Deals out of 38,333 listings starting at $895
Used Honda Accord
1,130 Great Deals out of 62,430 listings starting at $1,199
Used Volkswagen Golf
112 Great Deals out of 5,164 listings starting at $1,495
Used Volkswagen GTI
136 Great Deals out of 8,690 listings starting at $2,400
Used Volkswagen Passat
414 Great Deals out of 20,714 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota Corolla
912 Great Deals out of 57,793 listings starting at $1,488
Used Chevrolet Camaro
426 Great Deals out of 30,918 listings starting at $3,550
Used Toyota Camry
1,075 Great Deals out of 73,748 listings starting at $295

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 2,506 listings starting at $12,995
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 426 listings starting at $11,022
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 616 listings starting at $8,291
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 641 listings starting at $7,500
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 693 listings starting at $5,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.