Do It Yourself: Repairing a Car Oil Leak at Home

Many of us panic when we see oil pooling under our car. We immediately think of the high cost of professional repairs and our car being sidelined for a few days. Thankfully, in many cases, you can repair minor to moderate oil leaks at home with one of our Bar’s Leaks engine repair products. We have a number of advanced formulations that are proven to stop engine oil leaks at the source.

So, our advice? Instead of running to a mechanic at the first sign of an oil leak, take the time to determine where your oil leak is coming from and get a feel for how severe the leak is. You can do this at home, in your garage or in your driveway by watching where the oil is puddling on the ground and finding the car oil leak by following the drips up. In many cases, oil leaks are around the oil pan gasket or at the oil filter or plug.

Start by tightening any loose bolts, your filter or your plug (oil filters are common culprits here). Be careful not to over-tighten though, as this can actually create a bigger leak. The torque values for engine bolts and filters are easy to find in your owner’s manual or online. These should not be exceeded.

If you still have a leak after making sure everything is tight and snug, you can look at chemical repair options to stop a car oil leak. In most cases, our proven One Seal Stop Leak is all it takes, especially if the leak is minor. This advanced formulation is designed to stop all types of engine oil leaks throughout your engine, and is very affordable.

Some of our other engine oil leak products can take care of specific leaks in your engine, including:

  • Oil Seal Burning & Leak Repair (OS-1): One application of this professional-grade Bar’s Leaks product will stop leaks from all your main engine seals, including your main seal, timing cover seal, cam seal and valve cover. It also stops oil burning and excess oil consumption dead in its tracks. If you want the most powerful oil solution we’ve ever developed, Oil Seal is it, and it comes with a satisfaction guarantee.
  • Concentrated Rear Main Seal Repair (1040): Rear main seal leaks can be hard to repair due to the difficulty accessing the seal for replacement. This bestselling product can stop your rear main seal leak for good in one easy application. No mechanic or dealership required.

If you’re not sure which engine oil leak product is right for your situation, you can give our Bar’s Leaks technical team a call or drop us an email. We will help you figure out what type of oil leak treatment will work best. You can use our store locator to find a local retailer and take care of your automotive oil leaks as soon as you detect them.

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