To fix an oil leak in a car, find the source of the leak, check the oil pan gasket and repair the leak as appropriate. Fixing an oil leak in a car takes a minimum of an hour and requires a car jack, jack stands and wrenches. A stop leak additive may be necessary, depending on the cause of the leak.Continue Reading
Place the car jack behind the front tire, and jack the car up. Place the jack stands in the exposed space. Ensure they are secure as going under the car is necessary to identify and repair the leak.
Crawl under the car, and locate where the oil is dripping from. Check the oil pan and the drain plug. The valve gasket is a common source of oil leaks. Remove the oil pan, and inspect the gasket for dripping oil.
If a loose drain plug is the source of the leak, use a wrench to tighten it. Likewise, tighten the oil filter. If a small leak is coming from a gasket, add a stop leak additive to the oil reservoir after the car is back on the ground.
Raise the car slightly with the jack, remove the jack stands and lower the car to the ground. If using a stop leak additive, pop the hood, unscrew the oil filler cap and pour the additive inside.
Replace an oil pan gasket by removing the oil pan and draining the oil. Detach all covers, supports and brackets in front of the gasket. Scrape off any gasket residue, inspect the pan for cracks, and then install the new gasket according to its instructions. Finally, reattach the oil pan.Full Answer >
If an oil pan gasket leaks, it is best to replace the gasket by removing the old gasket and gluing the new gasket onto the correct position of the oil pan. It is also possible to use a silicon gasket sealer by applying it to the place where the gasket goes and allowing it to harden.Full Answer >
Raise the vehicle if necessary to inspect the underside of it, and thoroughly inspect the engine and oil pan to determine the cause of the leak. Some common causes of oil leaks include faulty gaskets, a loose or damaged drain plug, and malfunctioning oil filters. Apply the appropriate repair, and check the engine for leaks after the repair to ensure the problem is solved.Full Answer >
A car's oil pump is usually located inside the oil pan at the bottom of the engine or inside the timing cover on the front of the engine. Some vehicles have the oil pump located behind the crankshaft pulley or on the side of the engine block.Full Answer >