Oil Leak Repair
Oil Leaks: Causes and Solutions
If your engine is leaking oil, you could be risking serious damage to your vehicle. Fortunately, a little information on oil leak repair can help you to identify the issue and fix it.
Oil is essential for a properly functioning engine. It helps keep all the parts moving smoothly. Unfortunately, sometimes leaks happen and cause your oil to a puddle underneath your car rather than properly lubricating your engine.
If you notice a small puddle of oil forming beneath your car, detect a strange burnt smell or see blue smoke coming from your exhaust, you may have a leak. While it may not seem like a huge problem, don’t ignore it. An oil leak can be identified and, in many cases, fixed relatively easily. However, if you don’t deal with the problem, you could cause serious damage to your vehicle.
Identifying Oil Leaks
Oil leaks can cause seals and hoses in your engine to degrade. They can also stain your garage or driveway. Engine oil is an environmental hazard when not disposed of correctly. The most significant risk, however, is that your engine could catastrophically fail, possibly even catching fire. In short, identifying oil leaks is important.
- Regularly check your oil dipstick. If the level is noticeably decreasing, you likely have a leak.
- Watch for puddles under your vehicle. If you notice one, take a closer look. Water puddles from your air conditioning are fairly common and should be clear. A red puddle indicates transmission fluid is leaking. A green or orange pool with a sweet smell is likely coolant. If the fluid is brown, it is likely an engine oil leak.
- Watch for blue smoke coming from your tailpipe. Unlike the exhaust in normal circumstances, this smoke should be noticeable.
- After driving, take a moment to sniff for any unusual odors. A burning oil smell means that oil is dripping onto a hot component of your vehicle.
Most oil leaks are caused by degrading engine components. Gaskets, seals, and connections can all worsen with age and start to leak. Similarly, your oil pan may have been punctured or developed a poor seal. Get under your car and check the oil pan for any signs of oil on the outside. Check the drain plug to ensure it is tightly in place. Take a look at the valve cover gaskets and timing cover seals.
Solving the Issue
You may be able to perform an oil leak repair simply by grabbing a torque wrench and tightening loose bolts. If the issue appears to be a damaged or degraded part or if you simply can’t fix it yourself, bring it to Carriage Nissan Service Department. Our service team will be happy to help you solve the problem.
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When you come into Carriage Nissan, your vehicle is serviced with our state-of-the-art service center full of expert technicians that are dedicated to your vehicle’s health and brand. Put our expert service techs to work for you by scheduling a service appointment at Carriage Nissan in Gainesville, GA.
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