You get in your car and find that your car has an engine oil leak. You know you must quickly find where the oil is leaking. Oil leaks can happen in many places and it can be perplexing to find a difficult oil leak in your engine compartment.
You can save a lot of time and hassle by considering the most common causes of engine oil leaks. First, do a quick overview of the basics–oil filter, oil drain plug and the oil cap. One of these could easily be the source of the problem. Second, the most common cause of oil leaks is the valve cover gasket. This is a more difficult problem to diagnose.
Here are some ways to detect an oil leak
First, open the hood and look for an obvious oil leak. Yes, it sounds over simplified, but basic troubleshooting will tell you to check the simple things first. Look at any area where pieces are connected together. If there is a bolt holding two metal pieces together, there is probably a gasket between them. Gaskets are common places oil can leak from so look for a few minutes to find as many as you can and wipe each area clean with a rag, shop towels, or paper towels.
Next, clean each of the possible areas that could have an oil leak. The areas must be cleaned so you can see bare metal. Check each area daily to see if any new oil is building up. Look at the lines between engine parts. Look at the oil filter and the oil plug.
You can place clean newspaper or cardboard under your car when it is parked over night. Before you start the car the next day, look to see where the oil drips are located. The engine oil leak will be in that general area. Keep in mind that there are many small spaces and crevices in your engine compartment. The leak can be high in the engine and could run down and across many parts. This can make it hard to find the oil leak.
Found the oil leak – Now what?
All the work you did to find the leak is just part of the solution. Finding the engine oil leak, yourself is good and can save you money and time when you get to your mechanic. Make a note of where the leak is and make sure you tell them exactly where it’s located.
Can’t find the oil leak?
It’s a good idea to have your engine compartment thoroughly cleaned or steam cleaned. If the engine oil leak is slow, wait a day and take the vehicle to your mechanic for a complete diagnosis. If you find a fast leak, head
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Remember, the engine oil is a critical part of your automobile. without oil your car would die.