Oil leaks can occur unexpectedly.
When they do, you shouldn’t wait long before addressing them.
A puddle of oil near a car and being low on oil are some signs of an oil leak.
Drivers may also notice engine noise – such as a chattering.
Possible running conditions could be prompted by a leak, as well.
For example, vehicles that have a variable valve timing are operated by oil pressure. When it’s low on oil, it won’t work correctly and might appear to be struggling or misfiring.
Different culprits can result in oil leaks. They include:
- Missing oil filler cap
- Loose oil drain plug
- Bad oil filter
- Damaged oil pan
- Worn out valve cover gasket
Another possible cause is if the PCV system all vehicles have becomes clogged, putting too much pressure on the seals.
If you think you have an oil leak, you should bring it to a mechanic or auto repair shop as soon as you can.
Driving your vehicle on too little oil can damage the engine because the oil can’t lubricate necessary components.
This is also why it’s important to have regular oil changes performed.
Read more about why they’re needed.
We recommend oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
This article was written by Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, a locally owned and operated business that has been in service for 36 years. It’s a big supporter of our local community.