When you walk up to your car andnotice an oil spot, it doesn’t mean you have to assume you have an oil leak. There are many fluids in your car, for example, water, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, oil, etc.
To determine what type of fluid it is you will need to run a few tests on the spot. If it matches to engine oil, then it should be a brownish, almost a purple colour. If it is indeed oil, the leak can normally be found relatively easily and is not difficult for a mechanic to repair. The problem is that not everyone feels the need to repair their oil leaks immediately, which can cause various issues, for them, their vehicles, and even the environment.
We recommend repairing an oil leak – and these are the reasons:
- A small leak can fast become a large leak. If this happens while you’re driving, you could lose all your oil, which will lead to engine damage and your car stalling out.
- Leaking oil can create slippery surfaces on your driveway or parking space, as well as on the roads. These will stain the surface, and can also be hazardous to other drivers.
- Oil on the ground is an environmental pollutant. It is harmful to plants and animals, and can run off into waterways.
- Constantly topping up oil can eventually cost you a lot of money, which is why you’ll want to stop the leak ASAP.
If you want a more permanent solution, it would be well advised to have your oil leak repaired properly at your nearest Midas Service Centre. Although it’s not very dangerous or life-threatening to have a small oil leak, as you can see above, it can have the potential to run into waterways, which is something none of us wants to let happen.
For more advice on whether your oil leak is serious, or to book a time to bring your car in to be repaired, contact us anytime.