Car Leaking Oil After Oil Change
CAR LEAKING OIL AFTER OIL CHANGE
It’s no secret that regular oil changes help keep your engine healthy. Fresh oil will keep all the engine’s components lubricated and cool, so it doesn’t break down.
In the rare event that your car is leaking oil after an oil change, you’ll want to get that addressed right away. If ignored, you run the risk of engine failure, possibly leaving you stranded in Bedford, Manchester, or Merrimack.
We’ll tell you some reasons why your vehicle may be leaking oil and HOW YOU CAN GET THAT FIXED at Ira Lexus of Manchester.
Why is your car leaking after an oil change?
- Engine Oil Additives
- Drain Plug Leak
- Leaking From Oil Filter
ENGINE OIL ADDITIVES
There are two main types of motor oil: conventional and synthetic. Both help keep the engine running, but synthetic was designed to last longer. Conventional oil can break down more easily than synthetic, and sometimes forms sludge. If left too long in the engine, it could damage it. Plus, the buildup could cause a slow leak to develop.
To prevent this from happening, detergents and solvents get put into oil (which is how synthetic oil is created). When you get an oil change, the cleaners in synthetic oil will wash the sludge away. However, the oil can escape through the previously mentioned leak.
With a simple seal, new oil can be added without leaking out of the engine.
DRAIN PLUG LEAK
A drain plug sits at the bottom or side of an oil pan and is what prevents the engine oil from spilling out. Whenever you get an oil change, the drain plug is removed, the old oil gets drained, and then the plug goes right back into the oil pan.
You might notice a few drips after an oil change, which is normal. However, if a great deal of oil is pouring out, then there could a leak somewhere.
If the gasket park of the drain plug is dirty or worn out, then that’s possibly where the leak is coming from. You’ll want to clean the gasket or replace it right away to get a nice seal on the oil pan again.
However, the gasket could be fine, but the drain plug just isn’t on the oil pan tight enough. A properly sized wrench should do the trick, to help keep the oil contained.
LEAKING FROM THE OIL FILTER
As the name implies, this object is what filters debris out of the oil before getting pumped back into the engine.
If the oil filter isn’t on tight enough or is screwed on crooked, pressure from the engine could cause oil to leak out from the top of the filter.
The filter being the wrong size could also cause a leak to form. If it’s too small, the threads or seal on the filter can be loose when attaching it to the engine.
That’s why you’ll want to make sure the filter is the correct size, and that it’s screwed on tightly with no gaps between it and the engine.
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ONCE YOU’VE NOTICED YOUR CAR LEAKING OIL AFTER AN OIL CHANGE, YOU’LL WANT TO GET THE ISSUE FIXED RIGHT AWAY. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AT IRA LEXUS OF MANCHESTER, AND OUR CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY.
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