How to Fix an Oil Leak
Oil leaks aren’t exactly dangerous but they can be messy and will eventually cost you a lot- unless you fix them as soon as possible. Here’s a step-by-step guide that will enable you to fix the issue from the walls of your home:
Step 1: Jack up the car.
Ensure that your jack is strong enough to support the vehicle whilst, simultaneously, ensuring the jack is inserted properly.
Step 2: Spot the source of the leak.
Crawl under the car and try to see if the oil’s leaking from the drain pipe. Use a torch or flashlight to see if there are any cracks in the pipe. If not you could fix the problem merely by tightening the plug. Also, be sure to spray some lubricant on to the drain pipe. If you see bubble in the lubricant, you drain pipe is probably cracked and needs to get replaced.
Step 3: Check the oil filter.
Be sure to wrap a towel around your hand so you can tighten the filter with your hands. If the oil filter still leaks you need to change the filter and top it off with more oil.
Step 4: Have a look at the oil pan gasket.
If the oil filter and drain pipe appear to be fine, inspect the gasket after removing the oil pan. Cracks, tears and other damage of the sort, caused to the gasket, frequently result in leaks. Use a wrench or ratchet so you can tighten any loose bolts and nuts.
Step 5: Lower the vehicle.
Once you’ve double-checked everything, lower the vehicle gradually and you’re done! Now, you can enlist your car for sale on OLX or trade it in for another model, instead.