The oil pan is the compartment in the car which contains the engine’s oil which is the life blood of the Ultimate Driving Machine. The oil pan gasket is responsible for keeping the oil pan fastened to the bottom of the engine. Oil is needed to lubricate the internal parts of the engine so that that they do not overheat due to friction and become damaged.
A leaking gasket can be caused by a variety of factors. These include road debris damaging the gasket or oil pan and leakage from other parts of the car collecting in the gasket. Gaskets also have varying strength depending on their composition. Because of this it is important to verify that a leak is indeed from the oil pan and not some other leak on the car.
In order to investigate a leak, the oil pan must be checked for damage. It is also a good idea to remove the gasket and oil pan as well to clean the oil pan. The engine oil and filter should be replaced. Afterwards, a new gasket and filter must be installed as well as new oil. Once all the repairs have been made, the engine should be tested at its regular operating temperature to see if there any remaining leaks.
Without oil, a car will not run for very long and trying to run the engine without oil will cause permanent damage to the engine. Considering this, it is not a bad idea to have the oil checked every time you take your car in for repairs, even if there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the oil pan or gasket.
Some signs that your oil pan or oil pan gasket is in need of attention may be a consistent leak at one particular position beneath the car. Another symptom is smoke from the engine because of the oil leaking onto the exhaust system.
If you have any trouble with leaking oil gaskets, just bring your car to our shop and we will have it repaired in no time and ready to be on the road driving out to discover new and distant lands.