Has your vehicle started to show signs of an oil leak, like oil stains on the driveway or in the garage? Or, maybe you’ve noticed other signs, like the oil light on your dashboard flickering on and off, smoke from the engine, or the smell of burning oil?
Any kind of leak should be addressed quickly, but it’s even more important when your car engine is leaking oil. Proper lubrication is essential for engines because it ensures that the internal moving parts cause as little friction as possible. Too much friction can lead to overheating or failure of the internal parts. There are several things that can cause an oil leak, including:
- An engine gasket is degraded
- There’s a corroded or broken oil seal
- The oil pan has rusted through
- The oil filter isn’t sealing properly
- The filler cap is missing or broken
What Can You Do To Prevent It
One of the best ways to prevent oil leaks is to have the oil and the oil filter routinely changed. Clean oil is essential to your keeping your engine well-lubricated and functioning properly; routine oil changes allow us to spot small issues like leaks before they have a chance to cause damage or an expensive repair.
If your car is leaking oil, schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations in St. Paul and West St. Paul. Our nationally certified ASE technicians will quickly diagnose the cause of the oil leak and can also help you get on a regular oil change and maintenance schedule to keep your vehicle running smoothly.