How to Repair a Car Oil Leak

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How to Repair a Car Oil Leak
Oil leaks can lead to costly repair and maintenance. (wine spill 12 image by chrisharvey from

Oil leaks can be a drawback to owning a car. When oil leaks all over the place, a number of things can happen. You can destroy your wonderfully tiled drive way, and while your driving, the burning oil can produce a offensive odour. Oil leaks also lead to low oil levels, which will require you to spend more money on oil. Fix the oil leak to avoid these problems.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Silicon sealant

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  1. 1

    Lift up the bonnet on your car and check the gaskets. A high-mileage engine requires a more frequent replacement of the gaskets. A leaking gasket or a faulty gasket could cause oil to leak. This can be remedied by using the screwdriver to tighten the gasket.

  2. 2

    Check the oil pan located on the bottom front of the car near the bumper. Take a flashlight and look over the bottom of the oil pan for any leaks. Remove the oil pan when a leak is found. Be careful when handling the oil pan if it has oil in it. Pour the excess oil out of the oil pan. Use the silicone sealant to create a barrier around the top connecting edges of the oil pan and then reconnect the oil pan to the car.

  3. 3

    Pour in some fresh oil and run the car for a while. A quick drive around the neighbourhood will suffice. After the drive, check the valve gasket and the oil pan for any changes. All the parts should be in working order, and the leaks should now be fixed.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult the user's manual of your car before removing any piece of equipment. Every car use different parts that might require different equipment, so be mindful of the differences.

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