One of the most important aspects of ongoing automotive care, especially for high-performance vehicles such as Jaguar, is to keep the engine oil in exceptional quality, under the proper amount of pressure, and contained within the system. A part such as the oil pan gasket has the potential to compromise all three of the aforementioned factors, making it important to address any issues of failure you may experience in your own Jaguar. In this article, we’ll go over how important the oil pan gasket is for your Jaguar’s performance, how to recognize signs of failure and leaks, and what to do if you encounter such issues.
Why is the oil pan gasket an important component in your Jaguar?
The oil pan gasket is important for your Jaguar’s performance, but this isn’t unique to Jaguar vehicles only; all cars rely on the oil pan gasket for optimal functioning. The oil pan is what houses the engine oil. It is somewhat durable, but exposed to debris and road imperfections as it is located beneath the engine. The oil pan gasket is what keeps the oil pan securely adhered to the underpart of the engine. Oil pan gaskets are exposed to environmental conditions that can lead to premature wear and failure.
When oil pan gaskets wear out, oil tends to leak from the inadequately-sealed area. The problem with this is that as the engine leaks oil, it is unable to adequately lubricate all the parts inside the engine that are vulnerable to friction and excessive heat. Furthermore, when the engine loses oil, it can cause serious damage to parts, causing them to grind against each other, contaminating what’s left of the oil with fine metal shavings that are difficult to flush out of the system. This leads to expedited wear of engine parts, eventually leading to total engine failure if unaddressed.
What you should consider when you experience a leak
There are certain things to keep in mind when you run into an oil leak. First, you’ll want to figure out exactly where the leak is coming from. Oil leaks can be due to other factors besides failing oil pan gaskets, so ruling out other causes is an important first step. Here are a few other things you should consider:
- It’s common for oil pans to be replaced alongside oil pan gaskets, as damages are often the result of road impacts or car accidents that usually damage all the oil pan components.
- The original cause of the leak may not be a faulty oil pan gasket and a thorough differential diagnosis is in order.
- The quality of the replacement part is essential for the future quality of your Jaguar’s performance and reliability.
Other signs that accompany oil pan gasket failure
There are other things you may want to be on the lookout for if you suspect that the oil pan gasket in your Jaguar is damaged or compromised. Here are a few things you should purposely notice if you think the problem is with the oil pan gasket alone:
- A predictable oil leak pattern directly beneath the oil pan
- Dark smoke coming from the engine (usually due to oil spillage onto hot engine components)
- Illumination of the oil warning light or any oil-related light
As we mentioned before, oil system care is one of the most influential automotive tasks you can perform; so much so, that every time you bring your Jaguar in for an inspection the engine, undercarriage, and oil pan should be inspected. Checking the quality, fullness, and pressure of the oil in your Jaguar is an ongoing maintenance task that should never go overlooked and should be attended to on a strict, regular basis.
How to address an oil pan gasket leak
Like we said before, when tell your Jaguar specialist that your car is leaking oil, the first thing they’ll do is verify that it is indeed coming from the oil pan gasket itself. First, they’ll check the oil pan’s condition to determine if the leak is due to an issue with the oil pan, gasket, or both. Next, if the problem is due to the oil gasket, they’ll likely replace it with a new one. It is common to flush the oil and replace the oil as well as the oil filter to ensure there aren’t any contaminants in the system before the engine resumes running.
Here at Star Motors, Jaguar drivers from the area of San Juan Capistrano, CA and other Southern Orange County areas are thrilled with the expert services we have provided for over thirty years. Oil leaks are common in Jaguar vehicles for a number of reasons, and it is our mission to restore our clients’ cars back to their optimal functioning. If you’ve noticed an oil leak in your Jaguar, please contact us right away to see what could be going on with your car.
* Jaguar F-Pace 2016 image credit goes to: teddyleung.