Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Bad oil leak

asked by on

The car has a bad oil leak. From what I can tell, it is coming from the valve cover gaskets.

A: Hi. Valve cover gaskets are a common leak p...

Hi. Valve cover gaskets are a common leak point for high mileage vehicles. The repair is not very complicated and in most cases can be performed by a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic. Once the gaskets have been replaced, I suggest the car be reinspected at the next oil change for any other leaks. Valve covers sit high on the engine and tend to leak down the sides of the engine block. This can cover any other leaks making them difficult to find. I recommend you have a technician replace the valve cover gasket and inspect for other visible oil leaks.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Steering wheel hard to turn in 2000 Pontiac Bonneville

If your steering wheel is difficult to turn and causing your vehicle to go in a different direction than intended, you may have an issue with your rack and pinion. The rack and pinion is what is acted upon by the...

Q: How much do mechanics charge to fix a blown head gasket on a 1996 BMW

Hey there. You are looking at a minimal charge just to remove the head and install the head with a new gasket to be 9.0 hours. There is always additional charges like disassembly of cylinder head to prepare to go...

Q: I lost my key to my Pontiac Grand Prix 2003. It will start without the key, but shuts off after 30 sec - is this because i don't have the key?

Hey there. Your vehicle is equipped with what GM calls their VATS system (vehicle anti-theft system). There is an electronic chip embedded in the ignition key and a "chip reader" that is part of the ignition switch. The reader looks...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...