Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start due to cracked oil pan

asked by on

My car has a cracked oil pan and won't start.

Your car has an aluminum oil pan. They can not be repaired. Driving with an oil leak isn’t safe. Oil can catch fire if it leaks on the exhaust. If you car is cranking, but not starting, there is a process that mechanics follow. Check the basics like fuel pressure, spark, and injector pulse. Check the computer for codes. Then check the engine’s mechanical condition if needed. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic can come out and diagnose your oil leaking issue and replace your oil pan if necessary.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Power Steering Pulley Removal

You should check to see if the special power steering tool looks like this kit. You will need this to remove and install the pulley. This kit is normal for Ford pulley removal and installer.

Q: My vehicle runs or idles rough. I was told that is normal, is it? And what are the signs of the transmission going out?

With a vehicle as new as yours, the likelihood of a transmission issue would be fairly slim unless damage has been done. The clanking and the rough idle may be the cause of the jerking motion. You should turn your...

Q: codes p0174, p0302, and p2A03 read on code reader.

Hi there. What is happening is the codes are reading for a misfire on cylinder number 2 and the system is too lean on bank 2. Check the spark plugs and the fuel injector on cylinder 2 to see if...

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 Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...