Hi Everyone. Let me begin by saying that, when it comes to cars, I am an amateur in every sense of the word. In fact, I'm an English teacher. But I'm kind of a cheapskate and I love a challenge, so whenever my car breaks, I try to fix it myself. I have an 07 G6, 2.4 L. To give you an idea of the ceiling of my mechanical aptitude, I've done brakes, alternator, starter, plugs, camshaft sensors, tie rods, and a cv axle on this vehicle. Please understand that each of these jobs took entire weekends sometimes, and required multiple trips back and forth to YouTube and this forum, and caused bloody knuckles, severe irritability, an angry wife, broken tools, and even banging on the door at Advance Auto three minutes after they closed because they sold me the wrong something or other because I misdiagnosed the problem. Needless to say, I'm not a natural.
Having said all of that (sorry for the long intro), I have an oil leak and I cannot tell where it is coming from. Because of spray, I'm guessing, there's oil all over the underside of the car. When I recently replaced a serpentine belt, I noticed it. The oil residue appears to be heaver on the belt side, but it goes so far as the filter housing on the other side. What is the best way to diagnose such a leak? I have just a small jack and stands, so I can't really get under the car to look around easily. I appreciate any thoughts and, for the seasoned mechanics, I apologize. I have read the tone of some posts on this forum, and, while I have benefited from many posts on this forum, I know there are even trolls and dismissive experts here, and I fully expect some brush back. It's okay. I know you'll want to ridicule my lack of experience and tell me to take it to a garage, and I know you're right. It's the right thing to do. But I am poor as hell and I have mouths to feed.I appreciate any comments.