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Oil leaking from your car? Know what to do

Oil leaking from your car? Know what to do

Posted On 04 May, 2018

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An oil leak is the most persistent problem car users face on a daily basis. As your car gets older, these problems become more frequent. It is easy to ignore the puddle of oil forming inside or under your parked car until the next visit to the service station. Leaks if ignored can damage the seals and rubber parts of your car and cause serious issues. However, you can take these easy steps to know more about oil leaks and take preventive measures.

1. Check the oil level: Use a dipstick to check the level of oil present in the oil reservoir. If it is below the normal amount, you need to refill the oil reservoir as driving with low oil in a car is harmful to your car’s health. If the oil level has dropped drastically since your last refill, you should go to your mechanic to know the cause of the oil leak.

2. Check the leakage: A car contains various kinds of fluids. Check the oil puddle, wash it with a white rug to check the colour of the fluid. If you see a greasy-brown liquid, that’s an oil leak. If the liquid is pink, it’s the transmission fluid; and it’s coolant if the puddle is green or orange-coloured.

3. Check where is it leaking from: Oil can leak from various locations in your car. Oil leaks happen mainly because of loose bolts, worn-out gaskets, and seals. Use a torque wrench to tighten all the bolts. Check oil pan seals, oil drain plug, and valve cover gaskets.

Regular visits to a mechanic and oil refilling will keep your car in perfect shape. Buyers looking for affordable options in used vehicles should be careful about leaking parts in used cars. Hertz Rent2Buy offers used rental cars which are still in the manufacturer warranty period and all parts fixed and refurbished before purchase. An intelligent buying choice and a little awareness of oil leaks should keep your car alive and running for a long time to come.

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