Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Serious oil leak

asked by on

I have a bad oil leak. I think the head gasket needs to be replaced.

Hello. Although head gaskets can leak oil, it is not a common cause of oil leaks. More common areas of oil leaks are the oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, oil filter cap, or the oil filter housing gasket. Before replacing the head gasket you should have these areas inspected by a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, who will be able to pinpoint where your leak is and repair it.

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: Looking at 2004 Buick Ranier with similar mileage, is there a way to tell which one would hold up longer?

If the mileages of the two vehicles are similar, I would recommend going with the vehicle that is in the best condition. I would recommend having a full vehicle inspection performed on both vehicles to determine what problems exist with...

Q: Can I use gasket maker as sealant for my oil pan?

Using gasket maker in place of an oil pan gasket works sometimes. However, what I recommend is using a the actual cork/rubber gasket with a thin coat of The Right Stuff brand gasket sealant applied to both the engine block...

Q: Lost half a tank of fuel in less than 2 miles. the tank is empty. can't see a leak

I would first get a 5 gallon gas can and put it in the tank to see if gas gauge registers the fuel. Then turn on the key and listen for fuel pump operation to see if pump runs. Recheck...

Related articles

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...