Oil leaks being one of the most common problems faced by car owners, it is something you can not afford to ignore. Oil leaks can be caused for several reasons. Oil leaking from any part of the car is a serious issue. First thing, get the leak inspected and fix it by a professional.

Regular change and maintaining a proper level of oils is the most important thing you can do to take care of your car. Most oil leak cases are complicated to fix and there is nothing you can do unless you are an expert. But as owners, you need to regularly check for leaks so that it is fixed before something major happens. 

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about oil leakage. 

Common reasons for oil leaks 

You need to understand that there are countless reasons for a car to leak oil from many parts. Out of those, we will cover the most common reasons. The vast majority of leaks are caused by faulty engine gaskets, oil pan leaks, oil seals and bad connections. Here is a list of signs to look out for oil leaks. 

  1. Dashboard warning light 

For people who absolutely don’t care about their car, dashboard signs come in handy. If you fail to spot any leaks in your car, your car is capable of pointing out the problem for you. The warning signs indicate a drop in oil pressure or a drop in oil level. If it is important that you get your inspected at this point and fix the issue. 

      2. Oil stains 

If you observe oil stains or oil puddles underneath your car, it is a sign that there is a leak. If it is dark brown or yellow then its engine oil, a pinkish stain is from the transmission fluid and orange or green is the coolant. The important thing is that you check the oil levels before driving it to a repair shop. 

      3. Smoke from the engine area 

When there are internal oil leaks, the chances are that some of them drip off to the exhaust manifold. This results in smoke coming from the hood with an unpleasant smell and a sizzling sound. Failing to fix this will damage the oxygen sensor and gaskets. 

     4. Engine overheating 

Engine oil basically reduces friction in the engine which keeps it from getting too hot. For the oil to perform this function, the necessary oil level is imminent. Failing to do so will overheat the engine and there is a good chance for it to seize. This could be the end for your engine and repairing it could cost a fortune. 

Where to look

Know that you know some common signs of oil leaks, let’s get into the ‘Where to look’ part. Apart from looking underneath your car, there are other places to look out for. You can spot leaks in:

  • Oil pan gasket
  • Valve cover gasket 
  • Cylinder head gasket
  • Camshaft seals
  • Timing cover gasket
  • Oil filter and drain plug
  • Front and rear crankshaft seals 

Some of these components are hard to see or reach with household tools. It takes an expert to check all these components using complex tools. But for a normal human, it is easy to visually check. Pop the hood, look for oil marks or leakage on the engine and other parts. Oil being a flammable liquid can ignite under certain conditions and start a fire. It is your responsibility to check periodically and make sure there are no leaks. 

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