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It’s your lucky day, because an oil pan gasket is one of the more simple components in your car. Let’s start with the oil pan, and then we’ll move on to the gasket. The oil pan is where your car’s motor oil is stored. Motor oil is a lubricant for the engine. It flows through the system, keeping the parts lubricated, so there’s minimal metal on metal friction. That lack of friction keeps the components in the engine from damaging each other, and keeps the engine from overheating. Both of those things are important. So, the oil is stored in the oil pan, which is located directly underneath the engine. In fact, it’s bolted right on to the bottom of the engine. Seems like a logical spot for it, right? Now, this is where the gasket comes in. Your car has many gaskets, and if we’re being honest, that’s just a cool car word for a seal. So, the gasket is the seal for your oil pan. It’s located where the oil pan connects to the engine, forming a tight seal that keeps the oil from escaping the pan and leaking out. So, when you’re driving around the turns like you’re in a video game, and your oil is sloshing back and forth, but not leaking out, you have your oil pan gaskets to thank. Gaskets can wear out with some regularity, so it’s not that rare for your oil pan gasket to kick the bucket. And when it does, it’s time for a replacement.
You probably don’t need to be told that liquid under your car is a bad sign. And hopefully, you don’t need to be told that you should do something about it. If the oil pan gasket in your car is broken, you will leak oil. And hopefully, you’ll notice that, though sometimes the leak is slow enough that it’s hard to catch. Your car has a lot of fluids that can sometimes leak. Suffice to say, if you’re finding engine coolant or water under your car, then it’s not an oil pan gasket issue. But if it’s motor oil, then it just might be.
Could you have guessed that if you’re leaking oil, you may end up with a slightly low oil level? If so, congrats. Your work here is done. Look, I’m not going to tell you how to use your time, but checking the fluid levels of your car really won’t take long, and it can help you spot when fluids are running low. One of those fluids to check is the oil. If the oil is getting low, you may have a leak, and it make be coming from the oil pan gasket. Even if you don’t check your fluid levels, many modern cars have a warning light letting you know when your fluid level is low. So, stop ignoring your warning lights.
Just as you didn’t need to be told that leaks are a bad sign, hopefully, you don’t need to be told that smoke isn’t such a good sign either. If you notice any smoke from your car, stop driving immediately, and let things cool down. It could be due to a broken oil pan gasket, which potentially could leak oil onto the exhaust pipes, where it will burn and smoke. The smoke will likely be visible, and sometimes you’ll smell a nice burning odor as well. Fun stuff.Get a Quote 1-Year | 12,000-Mile Warranty
Here’s the thing about motor oil: You might not realize that it’s important, but it’s extremely important. If your car has an inadequate level of oil, serious damage will be caused to the engine.
An oil pan gasket that is broken will cause a loss of oil, which will eventually cause engine damage. I think you know how urgent this is.
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