Your oil acts as cooler, cleaner, and lubricator for your engine, and plays a crucial part in the health of your vehicle. Over time, however, oil can get dirty and lose its effectiveness. If it's not replaced regularly, it can lead to a host of issues, including potential leaks.

This is just one of the reasons you may find yourself wondering "why is my car leaking oil?" To help drivers in Grapevine, Dallas, and Irving, TX, get to the bottom of this question, our team at Audi Grapevine has outline a few of the other causes of oil leaks, as well as ways you can prevent them going forward.

Causes of Oil Leaks

Your oil and other fluids are meant to flow in a closed system within your Audi. However, there are a few points in that system that can fail, causing oil to leak. These include:

Damaged Oil Gaskets or Pans

Your oil pan is the reservoir for your oil as it gets pumped through your engine. Meanwhile, a gasket's job is to create a seal to keep the oil from leaking out of the engine. Since both of these components are located underneath your Audi, rough roads and debris can cause damage that can lead to leaks.

All components are also subject to age, and can potentially erode over time if not regularly checked and replaced.

Incorrect Installations

Damage and age aren't the only reasons a component may not be working correctly. Incorrect installations can also lead to leaks and other issues. Parts that may be improperly installed include the oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, oil filter, and oil drain plug.

Bad Rings or Valve Seals

It's also possible for your engine to leak oil from the top, which can be caused by bad rings or valve seals within your engine. A major issue here is, if your gaskets are intact, the oil may not leave the engine and will begin burning, making the leak far less obvious.

 If you begin to experience a burning smell while driving, this may be the cause and should be addressed ASAP.

How to Prevent Oil Leaks

Of course, the best way to take care of a leak is to do your best to prevent them before they even happen. One of the best ways to do this is to have your oil regularly checked and replaced. It's generally recommended that you do this every six months or around every 5,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Regular oil changes help ensure your oil stays as clean and effective as possible. If you're still unsure of when exactly to have your oil changed, it's best to consult your owner's manual or a trained technician.

Schedule Service with Us

Now that you know more about the answer to "why is my car leaking oil?" we hope you'll be able to use this information to get ahead of any potential leaks. If you notice a leak, need an oil change, or need another service performed, the factory-trained and -certified technicians at our Audi Service Center are standing by to help!

If you're a driver in Grapevine, Dallas, or Irving, Texas, you can schedule your next service appointment with us at Audi Grapevine.  Contact our team or visit our website to schedule yours!

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