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Causes of Leaking Oil Pan PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,

My car’s oil pan is leaking. How did this happen? Did the mechanic that changed my car oil the last time do something wrong?

Thanks,

Willy


Hi Willy,

There are several causes for the ole oil pan to start leaking. The most common are the pan gasket, drain plug, or a simple crack in the pan caused by age or rust. Be sure to locate the exact cause of the leak before replacing the oil pan or oil pan gasket. Check the pan bolts and tighten if they are loose. You might want to then clean all of the oil from the bottom of the engine and see if tightening the bolts stopped the leak. On a clean engine, the leaks show up close to the leaky areas.

When replacing the pan gaskets, if need be, always remember to use a thread lock on the hold-down bolts. This will prevent the bolt from backing out when the gasket compresses.

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
Fuel Leak in Toyota Truck PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,

I have replaced the fuel filter and now I have a fuel leak on the outlet side of the filter. I can feel the gas coming out from between the filter and the banjo fitting. I used the new copper washers on each side of the fittings and the bolt is tight; the threads look fine. I tried removing and re-tightening the bolt on that side, but it still leaks. So it seems obvious that it's a connection problem... bad filter or what? There's enough pressure to start the engine but after 2 seconds of it running, there's a puddle of gas.

Do you have any suggestions that don't involve towing it to the dealership?

Toyota truck owner


Dear Toyota truck owner,

If you have the original copper washers, you need to put these back on in order to stop your car's fuel leak. If you do not have your original ones, go to the parts store and buy new copper washers because the ones that came with your replacement fuel filter are useless.

Then you can go to your local Starbucks and put your feet up while enjoying your favorite hot beverage!

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
Leaking Oil Pan PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,

My car’s oil pan is leaking. How did this happen? Did the mechanic that changed my car oil the last time do something wrong?

Thanks,

Willy


Dear Willy,

There are several causes for the ole oil pan to start leaking. The most common are the pan gasket, drain plug, or a simple crack in the pan caused by age or rust. Be sure to locate the exact cause of the leak before replacing the oil pan or oil pan gasket. Check the pan bolts and tighten if they are loose. You might want to then clean all of the oil from the bottom of the engine and see if tightening the bolts stopped the leak. On a clean engine, the leaks show up close to the leaky areas.

When replacing the pan gaskets, if need be, always remember to use a thread lock on the hold-down bolts. This will prevent the bolt from backing out when the gasket compresses.

Good luck and thanks for writing in,
BT

 
Ford Probe freeze plug PDF Print E-mail
Dear Barbara, 
I own a 1993 Ford Probe and have encountered a problem that seems strange. Accidentally I have noticed coolant leaking under the car. When I looked into the problem, I could not find the leak at first. Then I found out, that it was only leaking with the engine running, from the starter! So when I took the starter off it was pretty obvious that the flywheel was driving the coolant into the starter.  I did some online research; some suggested that coolant might be leaking into the crankcase (which I do not think, because the oil level is night high). So the only thing I can think of is a crack on the engine block. Do you have anything better?
Thanks, 
Gyorgy
 
Dear Gyorgy,
 
There may be a freeze plug between the motor and transmission. These freeze plugs can rust through and cause a leak similar to what you are having but it still can possibly be a cracked block if you think that it may have froze up on a cold night from not enough antifreeze. I am personally leaning more towards a freeze plug as its way more common than a cracked block.
 
Thanks for writing in,
BT
 
Buick Regal power steering leak PDF Print E-mail
Dear Barbara,
Maybe you can help me, I have a 1996 Buick Regal 3.8L. The power steering is leaking from the middle backside of my engine. Doesn’t seem to be coming from reservoir or lines at the pump.Question is: Where do the power steering lines go after leaving the power steering pump?
 
 
Dear Buick owner,
 
The power steering lines also travel to the steering rack and pinion assembly and this is most likely what is leaking but it could also be your rack and pinion.
A local repair shop would probably have to place the car on a lift to get a better look at where it may be coming from.
I hope that it is as simple as a hose/line as this would be the most inexpensive solution.
 
Thanks for writing in,
BT
 
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