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Why is My Car Leaking Oil?

Reasons Why a Vehicle Can Leak Oil

Oil leaks are very common issues with cars. Due to how vital this fluid is for your vehicle, it’s important to make sure that any leaks you find are taken care of. Of course, you will need to know how to stop the leak. To do that, let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why a car can leak oil.

Common Causes of Oil Leaks in Cars

Damaged Oil Pan

The oil pan is your reservoir for oil. Sometimes, the oil pan can get damaged due to debris that gets kicked up from the road or from running over something that hits the pan. Depending on the damage, you may get an oil leak as a result.

Degraded Engine Gasket

A degraded engine gasket is the most common cause of oil leaks. The gasket is a special seal that helps keep oil in and debris out. Eventually, this seal will degrade, resulting in a leak that may start small but could end up as a more serious issue if you don’t it repaired.

Loose or Improper Installation of Parts

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Sometimes, leaks are caused due to loose or improperly installed parts. If you don’t suspect your oil pan or engine gasket being the source of your leak, check other areas like your oil filter, oil filler cap, and oil drain plug.

[ READ MORE: How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car ]

Of course, if you aren’t comfortable checking these yourself or don’t know how to, take your car in to your local mechanic for a checkup. They will be able to tell you exactly where the issue lies and help you get your vehicle fixed.

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