Routine auto maintenance sometimes escapes us—it could be a matter of money, or not having enough free time. However, oil maintenance and care is perhaps one of the most important, routine auto care tasks that shouldn’t go overlooked. The oil in your engine is critical to the overall health of your vehicle. When our motor oil isn’t clean and free-flowing through the engine, it can cause other serious problems, creating expensive and detrimental issues that can keep our car from running all together. Oil leaks are one of the more troubling symptoms of oil trouble, and it helps to have a basic understanding of how to recognize and address these issues. Here are some of the possible reasons for an oil leak and how to fix them.
The oil pan keeps oil from leaking with multiple parts, such as the oil gasket. The valve cover gasket and oil seals keep oil contained in the engine and keep it flowing through the necessary parts. When the oil gasket or seals are damaged or corroded, it can spring a leak. These issues are relatively easy to fix, given that you bring your car to the right automotive shop who won’t gouge you on pricing.
Oil pans can become damaged in a number of ways. Perhaps one of the most common instances of oil pan damage is when we accidentally run over a piece of debris in the road that can puncture it, causing a leak. When the oil pan becomes punctured, the gasket that seals the oil in becomes useless. This often results in the need for a new oil pan, depending on the level of damage that is caused.
Regular oil changes are great, but sometimes when oil is changed it can be filled improperly. When your oil is over-filled, it can cause spills or leaks quite easily. The recommended oil level should be clearly marked, and you should always be sure to consult a professional if attempting to change your oil yourself. Over-filled oil can leak, causing concerning smoke while driving or stains in your driveway.
One of the best ways to prevent oil leaks is to have the oil routinely changed, along with the oil filter. Having clean oil is essential to your engine’s health and functioning, and routine oil and filter changes give your automotive specialist an opportunity to inspect the quality of your oil and replace it with clean oil before dirt and debris causes harmful effects on your engine.
It is essential to make sure you’re using the right type of oil for your car’s engine. You can find this information in your owner’s manual—it will give manufacturer-recommended types of oil to use that are the proper viscosity for your vehicle’s particular engine. If you have your oil changed by an automotive professional, you should also check with them first to make sure they use the correct type of oil.
The symptoms of oil leaks can leave effects on other parts of your car, and signs of an oil leak may be evident in other areas first, before it may be time for an oil change. Routine inspections and tune-ups are a great way for automotive technicians to keep an eye on your car’s overall functioning.
Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we provide specialized automotive care for German and Japanese import vehicles in the areas of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and the greater Los Angeles County, in California. We know that routine automotive care is not something that most people think of throughout the course of their daily lives, so we simplify the process the best we can for our clients. For over 30 years, we have continued to offer special financing, warrantees, and competitive pricing that make specialized automotive care available to everyone in the area. Our ASE certified automotive technicians are highly knowledgeable about the common issues that affect German and Japanese imports, and are skilled at accurately diagnosing and fixing issues—no problem is too simple or too difficult. If you would like to schedule an oil change, an inspection, or a consultation with our team of experts, contact us today.
Keeping up with ongoing maintenance can be a pain for any driver, but it can greatly improve your driving experience and keep money in your wallet over the life of your vehicle. Tune-ups often involve routine inspections and maintenance procedures that all vehicle manufacturers recommend in order to increase performance and extend longevity, among other benefits. Restoring your engine’s performance is critical, particularly for those of us who drive luxury, performance vehicles. Any way you look at it, cars are an investment—sometimes an unwanted one. But, in order to get the most out of our investments, it is in our best interest to stay on top of maintenance and ongoing tune-ups that our cars require to properly function. If you’re on the fence about getting regular maintenance and tune-ups from your automotive shop, here are some of the benefits of investing in your vehicle:
Many luxury vehicles are known for their performance and endurance. Unfortunately, when ongoing maintenance is overlooked and our cars do not receive the adequate care and regular tune-ups they require to function adequately, the performance and endurance are the first things to suffer. Quick braking, acceleration, and safely performing quick turns aren’t the only aspects of performance that our vehicles offer, but they’re the most recognized. Your brakes need to be regularly inspected and serviced to perform at their best, among other safety features that may not be properly working.
Many drivers believe that they’re saving money by not bringing their car in for recommended services; unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. When maintenance procedures such as oil changes go overlooked, our engines suffer greatly, and over time the various parts of the engine begin to deteriorate, eventually they cannot function without undergoing significant repairs. The cost of repairs over routine maintenance is increasingly higher, and can be detrimental to your wallet. Do yourself a favor and take care of your car routinely—you’ll be glad you dodged that multi-thousand dollar repair bill!
Perhaps the number one reason for car buyers these days to look for a new vehicle, fuel efficiency is one of the most important aspects of vehicle functioning. Fuel efficiency can be greatly improved upon with regular maintenance and tune-ups. In fact, your fuel efficiency can be directly affected by poorly functioning engine parts like fuel pumps or sensors, and many of which are inspected in routine tune-up procedures. Talk to your automotive professional about ways you can increase your fuel efficiency on a budget.
Ever been trapped on the roadside with an overheated engine? It’s not a good look, nor is it convenient for any driver. Long road trips, daily commutes, and running errands all require a reliable mode of transportation. When you have regular tune-ups performed, your automotive specialist will be able to perform preventive maintenance procedures that will address issues early-on before they affect other engine parts. Increasing your vehicle’s reliability is yet another reason to have your car maintained routinely.
When we look for a car to buy, we generally factor in the typical life expectancy of the vehicle—in other words, we want to purchase cars that will last long and are relatively durable across time. Cars that retain value and function well-past the 100,000 mile mark are rarities, because ongoing maintenance is rarely adhered to. When you stick to maintenance schedules and get regular tune-ups, your car will last longer and perform better for the entire duration of its life.
Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we make it our mission to enhance our clients’ driving experience in every way we can. Regular tune-ups are the best way to maintain your vehicle’s performance because they address the many aspects of your car that keep it running at the most optimal level at all times. At Euro Plus Automotive, we specialize in German and Japanese-manufactured vehicles in the areas of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, the greater San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County, California, and for nearly four decades, we have been providing these clients with expert, tailored services. For more information about the services we provide and the vehicles we specialize in, contact us directly today. We look forward to hearing from you!