The majority of vehicles will experience oil loss at some point. Though most of these cases involve oil seeping through small cracks and minor leaks and can be easily repaired, in some cases oil leaks require immediate attention from an ASE-Certified technician.
The most common cause of leaks in your vehicle’s engine is the result of an improperly sealed drain bolt. When you have a Yorktown Oil Change, it’s always the first step is to drain your oil pan. The drain is then resealed, usually with a new washer around the drain bolt to stop leaks from happening. However, cheap oil changes may not include a new washer, which may result in future oil leaks. If you notice an oil leak after the change and it continues for a few days, it may indicate you need a new washer for your drain bolt.
Small oil leaks are also commonplace in older cars. Due to the mechanical movements and drastic temperature changes in your engine, the seals wear or become misshapen. This is common with a combustion engine. While replacing these seals doesn’t make the most sense economically, it’s important to frequently check your oil levels, or have a Yorktown Oil Change center do it for you. If you find oil stains on your pavement or driveway, kitty litter is a great oil absorbent.
In a worst-case scenario, your oil loss could be sudden. Most vehicles have warning lights that indicate oil pressure loss. If this happens, it is very important that you stop your vehicle and shut it off immediately. The friction and heat created in your engine when there’s no oil will cause the metal parts to warp, which may ruin the engine completely.
Significant oil loss without any indication of it (such as stains or an oily engine) may be indication of a much bigger problem. This might mean that your engine is burning oil. This is a very serious problem that will result in a loss of power and reduced fuel efficiency.
If you believe you’re losing oil, it’s time to visit an ASE-Certified technician at your localYorktown Oil Change center to diagnose the problem and offer solutions based on the nature and severity of the oil leak.