I own a 2002 Saturn SL1. I had the oil changed at the dealer's last Saturday and leaving work tonight, the oil pressure light came on, intermittently. Looking under the car with a FLASHLIGHT (Streamlight polypro Lux), I noticed the whole right side bottom was covered in oil. Went to gas station about 1/2 mile away and bought oil and was flabergasted to find out, the car took over 3 quarts of oil and yet the oil pressure light was still coming on intermittently. Anyhow, I drove about 12 miles where I was down another 2 quarts, filled it back up and went the rest of the five miles or so home.
I will check out the car tomorrow morning in the light to see if I can ascertain if it is leaking around the oil filter or drain plug (can anybody who owns a Saturn tell me if the drain plug is easily located?) but I want to give it a good once over before going to the dealer. Where should I check for big oil leaks like that? I want to do my best to try to figure out whether something went bad or they did something wrong in the oil change before they see it. As it is, I will have it towed there, I don't dare drive it no more. The car seems to run fine, hopefully no long term damage was done from running one less then a quart. Again, I'm flabbergasted to find out the light doesn't come on until it gets that low. I wanted to post in a Saturn forum but I lost my password and they haven't emailed it to me yet so hopefully some CPFers can give me some insight.