Is it Safe to Drive With an Oil Leak?

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Oil lubricates the engine, and is an essential part of your vehicle. Oil reduces corrosion, helps to cool the engine, and reduces the wear on moving parts. If you notice a black puddle under your vehicle, you may have an oil leak. This should not be ignored, and should be checked out by a mechanic as soon as possible.

Here are some things to know about the common signs and dangers of driving with an oil leak:

  • An oil leak that is left alone can cause seals or rubber hoses to wear prematurely. Furthermore, oil leaks are a fire hazard and can cause your vehicle to fail without warning. If the oil catches fire or the engine fails while you are driving, there is potential for injury to yourself and others.

  • One way to check for an oil leak is to look at your oil dip stick on a regular basis. If your oil drops over time, chances are you have an oil leak. Once you notice the oil is low, add some oil to your engine and contact a mechanic, so they can determine the cause of the oil leak. Do not just add oil and forget about the leak, because this is a potential fire hazard.

  • Another sign of an oil leak is the smell of burning oil. Oil leaking onto the hot parts of the engine gives off a distinct smell. If you notice a bad smell coming from the front of your vehicle, it is also time to get in touch with a mechanic.

  • If you are driving down the road and you notice blue smoke coming from the tail pipe of your vehicle, this is another sign that you may have an oil leak. Blue smoke is typically a sign of burning oil, which can be a sign of an oil leak. In addition, check beneath the vehicle and see if there are any puddles or stains that are black in color. These two signs combined indicate an oil leak.

Driving with an oil leak is potentially dangerous because it is a fire hazard. If the leak is not attended to in a timely manner, the engine can wear down prematurely causing larger problems. If your concerned that you have an oil leak, look at oil levels, be conscious of smells, and look at the color of the exhaust coming from your vehicle. For peace of mind, and to ensure safety while driving, contact a certified mechanic as soon possible to have the oil leak inspected.


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Mazyar

7 years of experience
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Mazyar
7 years of experience
Chevrolet Cruze - Oil/Fluid Leak - Atlanta, Georgia
Great Mechanic! Very Informative! Took the time to actually figure out my problem. Would recommend him to anyone. Rate: 10/10
Toyota Avalon - Oil/Fluid Leak - Alpharetta, Georgia
Very good and quick service and diagnosis. Prepared the repair estimate very fast which helped me to take decision on spot. Now booked him for repair again.

Rusty

22 years of experience
387 reviews
Rusty
22 years of experience
Toyota Solara - Oil/Fluid Leak - Arlington, Texas
Rusty is the only mechanic we use. He’s friendly, professional and trustworthy! We have used him several times and would recommend him 100%.

James

40 years of experience
7 reviews
James
40 years of experience
Mercury Sable - Oil/Fluid Leak - Cleveland, Ohio
James was a great technician. He explained my vehicle's issue to me and what would be the best repair. He was upfront and honest and helped me made a informed decision on my repair. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is need of expert advice.

John

26 years of experience
496 reviews
John
26 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Oil/Fluid Leak - Pearland, Texas
From before I got out the car to greet John, I could already tell how great of person he was . Then he began to provide insight on what was going on with my vehicle

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