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How to Buy a Good Quality Oil Pan Gasket

When your garage floor looks like an oil slick, there’s a good possibility that you will be shopping for a new oil pan gasket in the near future. While oil leaks can also be caused by a loose oil pan drain plug, an improperly seated dipstick, or even an unscrewed oil filter – the oil pan gasket is the most likely culprit. This handy little gasket is made from either rubber or cork and keeps the oil from leaking out of your vehicle.

The oil pan is quite close to the road and can pick up all kinds of debris that can damage the oil pan and the area around it, like the oil pan gasket. You should have your oil pan gasket checked with each oil change and maintenance to ensure that it’s still doing its job and keeping the oil in check. Keeping your engine well-lubricated is the best way to stave off problems down the road such as overheating and excessive friction; both of which cause delicate parts to wear more rapidly than necessary.

Located between the oil pan and the engine block, this particular gasket is very vulnerable to damage and is constantly exposed to harsh conditions. There are four different oil pan gaskets that may need to be replaced: upper, lower, front, and rear.

Several different options exist for oil pan gasket material: rubber, cork, steel-core rubber-coated, rubber-coated fiber, paper, and fiber. To determine which gasket best fills your needs, consider the following:

  • Rubber: Rubber is cost-effective, lightweight, the most common and widely-accepted
  • Steel-core rubber: Steel-core rubber is ideal for stock replacement
  • Paper and fiber: Paper and fiber are very lightweight and only good for shorter-term usage
  • Cork: cork excels at handling a range of different temperatures.

Replacing your oil pan gasket is relatively inexpensive; generally in the $20-50 range and there are a number of reliable brands of aftermarket and OEM parts to choose from.

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Bradford

12 years of experience
37 reviews
Bradford
12 years of experience
Dodge Journey - Oil Pan Gasket - Bryans Road, Maryland
Good experience, when Bradford arrived, he started work promptly. He left no mess behind, very good.

Wesley

8 years of experience
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Wesley
8 years of experience
Mitsubishi Galant - Oil Pan Gasket - El Mirage, Arizona
Amazing guy , told me everything wrong on my car recommend what to do and he was super kind about it definitely the best mechanic I’ve had

Travis

12 years of experience
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Travis
12 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Oil Pan Gasket - Charlotte, North Carolina
Travis showed up and got straight to work after greeting me outside. It was a hot day and Travis worked methodically until he finished, about an hour early. We chatted a bit while he cleaned up and I signed some work papers. Good guy and will request Travis if I use this service again.

Josh

15 years of experience
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Josh
15 years of experience
Ford Escape - Oil Pan Gasket - Naples, Florida
Very professional even put a drop cloth down to protect the driveway. Will definitely have him work on my car again! Thanks so much for your great work!

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