If you notice a blotch of oil under your car, there are solutions to prevent this occurrence. What should you do about oil leaking from your car? At Ford of Ocala, we’ve put together this guide to common causes of oil leaks and how to fix them.
Never ignore leaking oil when you notice it, no matter how small the problem seems to be. Follow these steps to identify and correct the issue. Before you know it, your car will be ready for the roads of Starke, Gainesville, and Ocala again!
Confirm Your Oil Leak
Your car uses multiple fluids, and you’ll want to confirm that engine oil is indeed the source of the leak. How do you do this? The easiest way is by checking your oil levels with the dipstick. If the level is dropping over time, you’re losing oil somewhere.
Where you find the leak is also important. If you’ve noticed a puddle on the ground, it’s not too hard to gather that your oil is leaking. But that’s not the only sign of a leak. You may notice the smell of burning oil or blue smoke coming from the tailpipe. Either could indicate oil is leaking.
If you do find a puddle, try to check the color. Amber or brown fluid will indicate an oil leak. If the fluid is red or pink, it’s probably transmission fluid. Green or orange? You’re dealing with a coolant leak.
What Causes Oil Leaks?
In most cases, the culprit of an oil leak is one of the usual suspects: degraded engine gaskets, oil pan leaks, oil seal problems, or bad connections. You can check many of these yourself by crawling under your car.
You may need to jack up the car first for easier access. If so, use jack stands to keep it secure—never go under a car unsupported by jack stands. You can check the oil pan seals, oil pan drain plug, valve cover gaskets, and the timing cover seal.
Some issues are easy at-home fixes, while others may require more extensive repair. Next, we’ll cover some DIY fixes you can try!
Easy DIY Oil Leak Repairs
What’s the easiest, most cost-effective way to handle oil leak repairs? Stop-leak additives are a great place to start. They’ll soften and condition rubber seals to stop and prevent leaks in a range of vehicle systems.
It’s best used on new leaks or as a preventive measure.
You can also check for loose bolts. Take a torque wrench and crawl under the car. Check the oil pan, timing belt cover, and valve covers in that order—and be sure to tighten all bolts to the specified tolerance level.
Schedule Oil Leak Service Today
If the solutions above don’t solve the problem, it may be time for some expert help. Our team of certified technicians can help you diagnose and fix the issue in no time. Just make an appointment at the Ford of Ocala Service Center today!
No one wants to deal with oil leaking from a car, but we have solutions for Ocala, Starke, and Gainesville drivers. We hope you found this guide useful. Contact us if we can help in any way!