Q: Oil pan gasket leaking badly. Is it safe to drive it?

asked by on

My car is leaking oil very bad. I was told it was an oil pan gasket leak. Can i drive it just a little and get to where i need to go? Or will it blow the motor?

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This is a question that could only be answered after an inspection is done to see if the leak is an active heavy leak that may leak out all the oil before getting to where you have to go. The cost of getting a tow truck and riding in the truck with them to get where you have to go would be a drop in the bucket if the engine is blown from running out of oil. I would not recommend driving the vehicle if the oil leak is as bad as you make it sound until the repairs are done. If you need help with this repair, YourMechanic can dispatch a mobile, professional technician to your location to inspect the oil leak.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Oil pan gasket leaking badly. Is it safe to drive it?

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: How does a smog test work?

How a smog test works depends on where you live. If you live in the United States different states have different requirements and some parts of states may have as well. Usually the more densely populated areas require more stringent...

Q: Water pump is leaking, do I need to replace the timing belt, too? The car also has a misfire on cylinder 3.

Hi there. If the engine has too many miles on a timing belt, then a timing belt is suggested for replacement. The misfire for cylinder 3 could be caused by a spark plug failure, fuel injector failure, or a problem...

Q: How much does it cost to repair my antifreeze leak

Anytime you see a coolant leak under the vehicle you know you have a leak but the location is not known. You will need to have the cooling system pressure tested to see where the leak is coming from. It...

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.