What is an Oil Pan Gasket all about?
An oil pan is a metal container that contains the engine oil. The oil pan gasket seals the oil pan to the bottom of the engine. The engine has a lot of moving parts that need to be kept lubricated by the engine oil, without which the parts will damage each other. The oil pan and the gaskets are located under the car and are attached to the bottom of the engine. It is common for the gaskets to wear out and start leaking oil. You will see oil on the ground beneath your car. If the oil is leaking, you may see an engine oil warning light in the dashboard. If you continue to drive your car without the proper amount of oil, you will risk severe damage to the engine.
How it's done:
- Check oil pan for leaks and damage.
- Remove engine oil pan and gasket.
- Remove oil and filter.
- Clean oil pan.
- Install new gasket.
- Add new engine oil and filter.
- Run engine to operating temperature and check for any oil leaks.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Oil Pan Gasket?
- Consistent oil leak in the same spot under your car.
- Smoke from engine compartment due to oil leaking on hot exhaust pipes.