How to Identify an Oil Leak in Your Car

Over time, the seals and gaskets that keep your oil contained inside your car can start to leak. While a few drops of oil aren’t the end of the world, it is important to determine where your oil is leaking from and fix the problem. Most oil leaks will get worse as time goes on, and if enough oil leaks out, you can damage your engine.

Here at Bar’s Leaks, we have been perfecting our engine oil repair products for nearly a century. We can help you with fixing an oil leak without overhauling your engine and spending a lot of money. The key to successfully stopping a leak is catching the problem early, troubleshooting the oil leak and choosing the right solution.

Finding the Source of Your Oil Leak

A puddle of oil in your garage or driveway may be annoying, but it is also your first clue that your car has an oil leak. Pay attention to where the oil is coming down and try to trace it to the source. Use a flashlight to check underneath your car and around your engine – telltale drips might lead you right to the problem. There are several common locations for oil leaks in your car, including:

  • At your oil pan gasket
  • At your oil filter or drain plug
  • At your main engine seal
  • At your valve cover gasket
  • At your rear seal

Once you’ve discovered where your oil is leaking from, you need to assess how serious the leak is. If you only see a few drops every time you park your car, it is safe to continue driving for the short term, as long as you check your oil level often. If you detect medium to excessive leaks — a steady drip or stream of oil when you park your car and the engine is warm, for example — then you need to take action right away to avoid oil leak damage.

Verify that your oil pan and valve cover bolts are tight. These can loosen over time and create an oil leak. The next step is choosing one of our Bar’s Leaks engine leak treatments to stop your oil leak for good. Consider our time-tested and bestselling solutions such as:

Don’t let an oil leak in your engine get worse – it’ll cost you both time and money down the road. We have the products you need to take care of most engine oil leaks without a costly visit to the shop or dealer.

Our team is available to answer any questions you might have and can help you choose the right stop leak product based on your car’s condition and situation. We also have a handy online store locator to find a retailer that carries our products near you. Come and discover why more customers choose Bar’s Leaks as soon as they detect an oil leak – after all, we’ve been a leader in the leak business for over 70 years.

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