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I Smell Oil in My Car...What Does it Mean?

You've probably experienced a couple moments when you're driving on the highway and suddenly smell oil in your cabin. You may have a slight panic feeling, but then the scent goes away. You look next to you and see an 18-wheeler chugging along - the culprit. However, if you're driving and you smell that oil smell and it doesn't go away, this can be a sign of a serious issue. 

Typically, the reason why you are smelling oil in your vehicle's cabin is due to a leak. However, the best way to understand what is happening is by having your vehicle inspected here at Lorentz Automotive. Our professional mechanics can perform a complete vehicle inspection to better understand the issue at hand and how to restore your vehicle back to its best. 

The following are some of the most common reasons for an oil smell in your vehicle: 

  • An oil leak that is dropping into the exhaust system. Keep a close eye on your oil dipstick; if your oil is low and you've had your regular oil change, there is probably a leak. 
  • A poorly done oil change can cause this smell if excess amounts of oil were spilled in other areas under the hood and are burning up as your vehicle is moving. 
  • A loose oil filter can spray oil around the engine. 
  • A leaking or damaged oil plug can cause oil to seep out from the oil pan. 
  • A failing gasket can also cause an oil leak. 

As soon as you notice an issue with an oil smell, don't ignore it. An oil leak can lead to severe engine damage if the engine is left with no oil to lubricate and protect it, and you don't want to find yourself having to deal with a major engine repair. The experts here at Lorentz Automotive will get you fixed up and back on the road in no time. Call us or schedule an appointment online today! 

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