How to stop a car from leaking oil
This week on “How-to Thursday,” we will be taking a look at one of the most common, peskiest issues drivers face when owning a vehicle: oil leaks. Oil leaks may seem harmless and really more of an annoyance than anything, but if your vehicle has an oil leak, there could be more serious repercussions down the road if you don’t address the problem right away. That’s why we want to explore how to stop a car from leaking oil today.
The good thing about stopping a car from leaking oil is that it’s easy to see if there is a problem you need to fix. If you see any dark liquid splatters or spots under your vehicle, either in the driveway, your garage, or really wherever you park, it is likely that you have an oil leak. If you’re not super auto savvy and don’t feel comfortable doing it alone, we always encourage you to bring your vehicle into our service department where our expert trained technicians are on hand to fix any automotive blunder.
In the mean time, if you’d like to learn more about how to stop a car from leaking oil, we encourage you to read on because it’s nearly impossible to figure out where your vehicle is leaking oil from unless you know what you’re looking for.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, however, you can get your hands dirty and lift up the hood or slide under the vehicle to see if you see any noticeable holes, cracks or loose plugs. If it is simply a piece that has a crack in it, that’s easy enough to replace through our online parts ordering system. There are a number of gaskets in your engine that all have the possibility of leaking, so be patient with your vehicle if you’re trying to track down the source of the leak. The problem could also be a filthy oil filter.
The most common leakages are seen with oil seepage, worn out gaskets, or your oil filter. Check your vehicle’s undercarriage for traces of oil and that will likely point to the area from where the oil is leaking. In addition, check your oil filter because if it’s too dirty and clogged, it will prevent the vehicle from running properly and will cause it to leak.
As always, if you’re not comfortable, give us a call or stop by today!