Why Is My Car Leaking Oil?

As that puddle of oil grows under your car, you may find yourself asking, “Why is my car leaking oil?” The cause could be anything from the oil filter to the engine gasket.

You’ll want to find the root source of the problem and fix it before returning to the roads of Moorestown, Cherry Hill, and Maple Shade. Fortunately, our team at Elite Acura is here to help you explore the possible causes. Read on for a closer look and contact us if you have any questions!

Common Causes of Oil Leaks

Changing engine oil
Diagnosing an oil leak can be difficult, as there’s no single area of the car where oil leaks occur. There are, however, several common causes of leaking oil that can help you narrow your search. They include:

  • Leaky Valve Gasket: This may be the most common sign of oil leaks. The gasket is a seal that joins two metal parts of the engine together, and when that seal is broken, oil leaks will ensue.
  • Loose or Worn Oil Filter: Your engine oil filter may be improperly aligned, loose, or even just worn out. You should have your oil filter changed and fitted correctly every time you change the oil.
  • Oil Drain Plug & Filler Cap Issues: If your oil drain plug or filler cap is loose, worn out, or otherwise broken, you may have oil spilling from your oil pan.

Common Signs of an Oil Leak

Engine Oil Cap
We’ve already mentioned the dark puddles of oil under your car, but what are some other signs you have an oil leak? There are plenty of telltale warnings, and they include:

  • Burning Oil: If you have oil leaking onto the hot metal parts in your engine, you’ll probably smell that distinctive bitter scent of burning oil—and you may hear some sizzling, too.
  • Engine/Exhaust Smoke: When leaking oil drips onto the exhaust manifold, you’ll see smoke rising from the engine area. Leaks can also cause a thick smoke to emit from the exhaust system.
  • Oil Pressure Light: When the Oil Pressure Warning Light glows, your oil pressure or level is lower than normal. Have your car inspected to see if a leak is the culprit.

How to Stop Oil Leaks

The best way to avoid oil leaks is by following your vehicle maintenance schedule. Have routine servicing performed on your car, including (and especially) regular oil changes—and be sure to change the oil filter, too.

If you can locate the leak, you may be able to use additives that stop and prevent oil leaks caused by dried, shrunken, or hardened seals. These won’t work in every case, however, so the best course of action may be to bring your car to a licensed technician for service.

Schedule Oil Service at Elite Acura

Now that we’ve answered your original question, “why is my car leaking oil?”, we invite you to schedule maintenance at the Elite Acura Service Center. If you’ve noticed any of the warning signs of an oil leak, it’s critical to fix the problem ASAP, so you don’t risk damage to your systems.

Our certified and highly trained technicians will have your oil leak diagnosed and fixed in no time, so you can return to the roads of Moorestown, Cherry Hill, and Maple Shade. We look forward to serving you!

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