Five Signs of an Engine Oil Leak - Subaru Service Questions in Beaverton, OR

Five Signs of an Engine Oil Leak in Beaverton

There's no way around it: if your vehicle is leaking oil, something isn't right. However, figuring out that there is an oil leak isn't always as easy as it might seem. Wondering if your Subaru is leaking oil? Here are five things to look out for. No matter how you find out, the best way to deal with the problem is to bring your vehicle to a Subaru authorized service center for inspection and repair, since there are multiple potential causes, and tracking down the source of a leak is tricky.

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5. A Brown or Black Puddle Under Your Vehicle

This is what most people think of when they hear the term "oil leak," so we figure it's a good place to start. There are several fluids that could leak and form puddles under your Subaru; however, oil generally tends to be brown or black. While brake fluid can also be brown, it tends to be a much lighter shade than oil.

4. The Dashboard Oil Light Comes On

This light indicates that something is wrong with the oil, including low oil or low oil pressure. While it doesn't always indicate a leak (and it may not pick up on milder leaks for some time), it is always something you should get looked at.

3. The Oil Level is Consistently Low

Do you check your Subaru vehicle's oil level regularly? If you don't, you really should--it's easy and doesn't take much time. Simply remove the oil dipstick, wipe it down, reinsert it, and pull it out again. If the oil comes up to the line, the level is fine. If not, it may indicate a leak.

2. The Oil is Milky-Looking

While you're checking the oil, make sure to take a look at the appearance of the oil. If it's milky or frothy looking, that's also a sign of a blown head gasket. This means that the oil and coolant leak and mix with each other, and it can lead to engine failure if left unchecked.

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1. The Exhaust Pipe Emits Blue Smoke

There are many reasons a vehicle might emit smoke. None of them are good, but they don't all indicate oil leaks, either. However, if the smoke is blue-tinged, that's a sign that oil is leaking into the exhaust. Like all the other signs, this should be looked into immediately.

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Carr Subaru

11635 SW Canyon Rd
Directions Beaverton, OR 97005

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    11635 SW Canyon Rd
    Beaverton, OR 97005

    • Sales: (877) 271-4560

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