Why is My Car Leaking Oil?

why is my car leaking oil

Spotting oil leaks under your car? Unsure of how and where to schedule your car's oil change? Skip the oil leak repair near me search and read on to find out what causes your car to leak oil and how easy scheduling an oil change is with Lee Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Westbrook near Portland and Scarborough, ME!

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What Causes My Car To Leak Oil?

Experts can narrow down oil leak causes to three issues: damaged oil gaskets or pans, poor gasket installation, or faulty rings and valve seals.

Damaged Oil Gaskets & Oil Pans

Driving on rough or poorly maintained roads with road debris can damage the underside of your car. Constant friction or scraping of the oil pan, located under the car, will eventually wear a hole in it-prime time conditions for an oil leak.

Poor Gasket & Filter Installation

When visiting local mechanic shops or non-OEM certified auto repair shops, oil gasket and oil filter installation can go wrong. Unevenly distributed tightness when inserting the oil pan gasket or valve can occur, or the oil filter can be loosely inserted. Each of these improper methods directly causes oil leaks.

Faulty Ring & Valve Seals

While it can occur for a number of reasons, correctly installed rings and valve seals can become loose. This causes an oil leak that car owners can't detect if there's no hole present in the gasket for the oil to exit from. This is one of the more serious oil leak situations, as the oil burns in the combustion process that takes place while driving. 

How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

The best way to prevent oil leaks is to follow a proactive routine car maintenance service schedule. Most manufacturers suggest that cars be brought in for an oil change every 10,000 miles or six months-whichever comes first. Schedule your oil change with us when the time is right.

Schedule Oil Leak Repair with Lee Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Westbrook

Our dedicated service team is happy to clarify any lingering oil leak questions that you may have. Whether it's an oil change or a poor installation correction that you need, we're here. Contact us online or visit us today at our conveniently located service department in Westbrook, Maine serving all customers near Portland and Scarborough with pride. 

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