Maintaining a car is a bit easier said than done to all of the parts that are contained within your engine. One of the things that helps to keep the parts in an engine running like they should is the right amount of oil. Without the right amount of oil, it will nearly impossible for you to run your vehicle without causing a lot damage in the process. In order for the right amount of oil to stay in the engine, the oil pan will have to hold it until it is needed. The gasket that goes around the oil pan helps to ensure that the oil contained inside does not leak out everywhere.

Whether the oil pan gasket on the car is rubber or cork, it will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. More often than not, the cork variety of gaskets will wear out faster than the rubber due to the fact that they are pieced together. Usually, as the pieces of cork get older, they will become more brittle and will start to break apart. The rubber will actually mold to the oil pan as it is heated. The rubber can however get the dried out over time and become damaged.

The oil pan has to have the seal created by the oil pan gasket in order to not leak out all of the fluid that is contained inside of it. When the gasket on the oil pan finally becomes damaged, you will have to get it fixed quickly to avoid losing a lot of oil in the process. A professional in the auto repair industry will be able to get the oil pan gasket replaced without sacrificing the quality of work performed.

When your oil pan gasket is damaged, here are a few of the signs that you may begin to notice:

  • There is a constant leak of oil coming from the oil pan
  • There is black smoke because of the oil leaking on the exhaust components
  • The Low Oil Light is on

Running your car without the right amount of oil can be very problematic and can cause a variety of different damages.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does an Oil Pan Gasket Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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