Alternator and Serpetine Belt have Oil

10

Asked by Jul 23, 2015 at 12:55 AM about the 1997 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Yesterday I went for an oil change and today I opened my hood and saw the lower portion of my engine and most of my serptentine belt filled with oil.  The passenger side of the alternator where the serpentine belt passes also has oil....Should I worry about this?  Will my alternator stop working?  It is only the part where the belt passes on top of.   Should I clean it with Purple Power degreaser? I was driving the car today and heard a hissing but I think it might of been the A/C.  I can post a picture tomorrow.

4 Answers

3,935

its a good idea to wash of all the oil, rubber belts and oil over time doesn't like each other, make sure the oil cap is fitted correctly and try to determine where the oil came from.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
280

First of all check your oil level, and make sure you are not missing much oil. If you are missing oil, most likely and I have seen that happen a lot, when you had your oil filter changed, the old gasket was never removed and now with 2 oil gaskets between the engine and the oil filter, the oil will leak and create such a mess. If you are missing oil, make sure you add enough oil, and drive your car back where you had the oil changed to replace the oil filter and oil again. Sometimes, the oil filter gasket really gets stuck and it is over looked. Also check the oil cap and make sure it is tightly closed and not just sitting there or loose. It is very serious matter if you are low on oil. So check your oil level.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

I checked under the car and it is leaking 0 oil. It appears oil leak occurred during oil change. Overnight the oil dried up and it is not as visible as yesterday. I attached a picture of alternator; it does not look so bad anymore. The oil on the belts also dried up.

10

It turns out this oil is old. CLeaning engine so I can find leak.

Your Answer

Lumina

Looking for a Used Lumina in your area?

CarGurus has 171 nationwide Lumina listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Lumina Experts

  • #1
    90V6RedHotLuminaEuro
    Reputation
    1,180
  • #2
    John Saffrahn
    Reputation
    1,090
  • #3
    11jonny11
    Reputation
    930
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
536 Great Deals out of 35,070 listings starting at $800
Used Chevrolet Malibu
931 Great Deals out of 64,932 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
4 Great Deals out of 1,289 listings starting at $1,488
Used Ford Taurus
187 Great Deals out of 15,440 listings starting at $1,850
Used Toyota Camry
891 Great Deals out of 81,516 listings starting at $999
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
705 Great Deals out of 41,326 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Caprice
189 listings starting at $9,995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
413 Great Deals out of 30,557 listings starting at $1,450
Used Honda Accord
965 Great Deals out of 59,154 listings starting at $1,099
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
29 Great Deals out of 2,641 listings starting at $1,449
Used Ford Mustang
535 Great Deals out of 35,433 listings starting at $1,200

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.