Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Pump Cover Gasket

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Pump Cover Gasket

Oil Pump Cover Gasket

Oil is the lifeblood of your car's engine and getting enough oil pumped into your engine is the only way that the internal moving parts can get the lubrication they need. The oil pump is in charge of making sure that there is enough oil put into the engine. Without a properly working pump, the engine can have little or no oil pressure and have problems running. The oil pump cover gasket is mounted beneath this part to ensure that there are no leakage issues. These types of gaskets are generally made from either rubber or paper material.

Due to the high amount of heat that the engine produces, eventually these gaskets will begin to deteriorate. Noticing the signs that the oil pump cover gasket has gone bad can save you a lot of trouble. Normally, there will be a number of signs that this part has gone bad and here are some of them.

1. Oil leaking near the timing cover

When you start to notice that there is oil leaking near the timing cover of your car, it is probably time to replace the oil pump cover gasket. Getting too much oil in or around the timing cover can damage important parts contained within. Damaging timing components can be very bad for the engine and can be prevented by changing out the oil pump cover gasket.

2. Oil leaking near the intake manifold

Another place that you may notice oil when the oil pump cover gasket is leaking is near the intake manifold. The intake manifold is a vital part of the air and fuel system, which means having it covered with oil from the leaking gasket can be very problematic. Oil can cause various sensors to fail and oil to be introduced into the air system. Replacing the gasket as soon as this is noticed can help you to reduce a number of different repair issues down the line.

3. Lower than normal oil pressure

Most of the vehicles on the market have either an oil pressure gauge or low oil light built into the instrument cluster. If you start to experience lower than normal oil pressure, then you will have to figure out what is causing it. The proper oil pressure is critical in the operation of the engine. If the oil pump cover gasket is leaking, it will let a large amount of pressure out of the engine. This can lead to permanent damage if left unaddressed.

YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your oil pump cover gasket easy by coming to your home or office to diagnose and fix issues. You can book a service online 24/7.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Still not sure about your car's issue?
Diagnose your car
What kind of issue are you experiencing?
Brakes are squeaking
Car is not starting
Car is overheating
Car is shaking (vibrating)
Fluids are leaking
Heating and A/C
Smoke or steam is coming out of the car
Warning light is on

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


More related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...
P0291OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 11 Injector Circuit Low
P0291 code definition When your vehicle’s PCM registers the P0291 code, it means that a voltage reading came from the fuel injector circuit – for cylinder number 11’s fuel injector –...

Related questions

Q: Engine overheated, vehicle stalled, but restarted

Hello. A blown head gasket is a very common problem for your Land Rover Freelander. Land Rover does not have an explanation as to why the head gasket repeatedly blows they just repair it. Replacing the head gasket on any...

Q: Car is using more oil than it should

Hi! The fuel filter on your Prizm is located inside the fuel tank and is part of the fuel level sensor assembly and the fuel pump. It's a pretty messy and is about a 7 out of 10 in the...

Q: What tools are needed to change the intake manifold for 2010 VC CC 2.0?

Hi there. In general, you'll need a full metric socket and end wrench set, a few line wrenches for removing fuel lines and wire pliers for removing fuel lines that are secured via wire ties and of course replacement gaskets....