Have you noticed a few drops or even puddles of oil forming underneath your car when it's parked? This most likely means your car is leaking oil, which is something you'll want to address ASAP.

Why does this happen, though? In this guide, Thompson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) of Harford County will go into detail about some of the reasons a car can leak oil for friends and family in Edgewood, Bel Air, and Aberdeen, Maryland.

Where Are Oil Leaks Most Common?

There are quite a few areas of your vehicle that an oil leak can come from. However, one of the most common places an oil leak can be found in is the oil pan gasket.

You may also find oil leaks coming from the timing belt cover or the camshaft seal.

How Do Oil Leaks Happen?

Every car is different, which means the reason for oil leaks vary-though there is no universal answer as to why this happens. One of the most common reasons is due to a bad seal or gasket. Additionally, damaged parts, like a cracked oil pan, can lead to oil leaks.

In the next section, we'll cover some of the more common reasons oil leaks occur.

Common Reasons Why Oil Leaks Happen

As you'll see, there are a myriad of reasons a car can leak oil. Below, we'll get into a few common reasons as to why this happens…

  • Broken seal in oil pan gasket: The oil pan gasket is, in a sense, the middleman between the oil pan and the engine block. So, a broken seal in the gasket can lead to an oil leak.
  • Worn down valve cover gasket: You may notice that oil is leaking from the top of the engine, which can signal that the valve cover gasket has worn down. If that's the case, one of our expert technicians can replace the part for you.
  • Unsecured oil filter and oil drain plug: The oil drain plug has to be removed in order for an oil change to be performed, which means it's possible it may not be tightly secured when put back into place. Additionally, the oil filter is replaced during an oil change. If this is the case, our technicians will make sure everything is secured and in working order.
  • Broken front and/or rear crankshaft seals: There are seals that are located on the front and rear of your vehicle's crankshaft, which stick out from both sides of the engine. If one of these seals break, you may find oil on the underside of the engine or in the front.

Our Techs Will Help You Keep Up With Routine Maintenance

Regular routine maintenance, which includes oil changes, will go a long way toward keeping your vehicle functional for a long time. During these services, our technicians can check for oil leaks and fix them immediately. However, leaks can happen at any time. So, if you notice your car leaking oil, don't wait.

Our techs are experts in fixing oil leaks, and using their knowledge and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipmentthey'll get to the bottom of the leak. If you need to have an oil leak fixed near Edgewood, Bel Air, or Aberdeen, MD, schedule service at Thompson CDJR of Harford County today!

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Thompson Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Harford County

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Directions Edgewood, MD 21040-1505

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