Reasons Behind Volkswagen Oil Leaks
A lack of motor oil in your Volkswagen can be very damaging to your engine. The number one cause for this is undiagnosed oil leaks. It is essential that all drivers have an awareness of the cause and the symptoms of oil leaks from their engines. With this in mind, we will break down some of the top causes of oil leaks and discuss some signs and symptoms owners should know.
Common Causes of VW Oil Leaks
The leading cause of oil leaks in any vehicle is simply wear and tear. With many high-quality cars such as VW having long lifespans, and vintage models such as the Beetle and Campervan being in high demand, oil leaks can be a prevalent issue for Volkswagen drivers. Of course, the wearing down of parts can be slowed with good maintenance and servicing, but the aging of parts really is inevitable.
One of the most common components to wear out is your VW’s valve gasket. This can be hastened by being lax on oil changes, as oil sludge loves to build up and settle around the valve, affecting its function and leading to leaks.
Another common area to be mindful of is the oil pan for two reasons. The first is the pan itself sits on the bottom of your vehicle so can be damaged by rough terrain or road debris. Secondly, the oil pan has a drain plug which can deteriorate overtime and start to leak.
The oil filter is also well known for causing leaks. Again, this issue can be exacerbated by allowing engine oil sludge to build up. It is also one of the most common parts that DIY’ers try to fix, and oftentimes, the filter is poorly installed. If the oil filter isn’t in the correct position, then it can contribute to a leak.
If high pressures have occurred inside your engine, then some of its components might be negatively impacted, such as the seals. This extra pressure can be just enough to wear down these parts and cause leaks.
Driver error can also play a part in oil leaks too. While keeping your oil levels topped up is an important part of maintaining your Volkswagen, being over zealous or sloppy when it comes to your oil levels can result in your overfilling the oil reservoir. Combine this with a loose oil cap, and you’ve potentially got a messy catastrophe on your hands.
Signs and Symptoms of Oil Leaks
Common signs and symptoms of oil leaks that drivers need to know about include:
- Blue emissions. This is caused by oil burning inside the exhaust system.
- Burning oil smell inside the cabin. This is caused by leaking oil dripping onto the engine and burning.
- Drops of brown fluid found under your car after its been parked overnight.
- Needing to fill up your oil more frequently than normal. If there are no droplets on the ground, and the oil seems to be disappearing, then you’ve probably got an internal leak.
- Oil contamination. You may find oil where it shouldn’t be when you check under the hood.
Preventing Oil leaks
Oil leaks can cause expensive engine damage if left unnoticed, so be sure to be vigilant when it comes to topping up your oil and keeping an eye out for worrying symptoms. Taking this small amount of action can go a huge way to both preventing leaks as well as spotting them while they are still minor. This can save you lots of time and money, so it is really worthwhile. Be sure to also keep on top of servicing, as having your car checked over regularly by a professional mechanic will help ensure any trouble is caught early.
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If it’s been awhile since your last scheduled VW maintenance visit, then make Complete Automotive Systems your next stop. We serve the communities in and around Beverly Hills, Culver City, Brentwood, and Santa Monica, CA, with a competitive 12-month/12,000 mile warranty on all parts and labor, you know that your VW is in responsible and caring hands. Call us today for an appointment or stop by to speak with our expert technicians.