Staying up to date with oil changes and keeping an eye out for leaks is important. If you do discover a leak, our foreign car specialists will take care of any repairs the right way. Oil Leaks are one of the most common reasons people find themselves taking their cars for inspection. They happen to spring up at any time and are a major source of annoyance for all car owners. It could be anything from a gusher because of a bad seal or just a tiny leak in the gasket. Whatever the case is, it’s important to figure out the source of the oil leak and get repairs done to resolve and prevent it from happening again.
The main problem occurs when the oil leak is coming from your engine. Which is the one part of the car which you cannot afford to see malfunction. If an oil leak causes your engine to stall, a leaking gasket will be the least of your worries.
Take a look at the most common reasons why your car might be leaking oil so you have an idea of what needs to be done heading into the repair shop.
Improper gasket installation is one of the most common reasons of an oil leak. Even the most prolific professional mechanics can make the mistake of improper installation of the gasket when they are replacing the older one.
The issue is over tightening an oil pan gasket. Which unfortunately, it can happen quite easily. This creates pressure on the gasket and it gets squished. Depending on the severity of the situation, it can either result in a pinhole leak or a pretty bad gushing leak. The same problem can occur when you’re having the oil filter in your car replaced. It is an easy fix and once it’s taken care of, your problems are solved.
Burning Oil Issue
The combustion chamber inside the engine of your car is where the main work is done. The piston rings, and the valve seals, do a pretty good job of keeping the oil out of the combustion chambers. This is where the fuel burns to provide your car the beating heart it requires to come to life.
If there are any problems with the valve or the piston rings, you can expect some problems to develop. The oil begins to leak into the combustion chamber where it gets burnt and the oil levels in your car seem to be going down.
If you notice the oil levels decreasing but find absolutely no leaks in the gasket, or the outside of the engine, you can expect the piston rings or the valve to be having problems. Even a small leak is enough to cause the oil to creep in and burn up.
One good way to catch this problem is blue-gray smoke coming from the exhaust of your car. It is the most telling sign there are problems with the piston rings or the valve, and you can have the technician look into it.
More Causes for Oil Leaks
Sometimes, you will notice oil is leaking from your car but the indicator (the dip stick) shows the oil levels to be more than full. This means you have filled too much oil in the engine. Another possible source of an engine oil leakage problem could just be a spill of the oil you made while filling it and it’s just trickling down and out slowly.
You see, most of the oil leakage issues are easy fixes. Knowing the possible causes can go a long way in getting the repair job done properly. Feel free to contact us if you want more information on possible reasons for oil leaks in your car.