My 2002 Intrepid was recently rear ended, put not much damage was seen on the bumper. The next day the car began leaking oil. I later found that there was crack in my oil pan. My question is, could the accident have caused the crack in the oil pan. It's a cask aluminim pan, the crack was in the back of the pan around a bolt hole.
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Here is what you must do, pressure wash the engine and the transmission top and especially bottom of all grease and oil residue then install a bottle of special die that glows under a black light, drive the truck for a 10 or so miles and then put it on a car lift and check for the source of the leak with a black light. On this old of an engine the leak are likely all over the place.
may want to get a second opinion from a mechanic you trust. the oil pan being damaged would mean it is cracked because it is made of aluminum on the 3.1 and the3.4 liter engines.drain plug damaged could just be rounded off in which case Wal-mart will not fool with. oil filter leak could be smply residue from a previous oil change. again I suggest a second opinion
Hi. You might need to Replace the oil pan gasket is the oil is leaking. Here's the procedure on how to Replace the oil pan gasket.
1. Jack up the front end of the car and slide a jack stand under the vehicle. Make sure the jack stand is securely in place, and then put blocks in front of the rear wheels to keep them from rolling.
2. Slide under the car and put a drain pan under the drain plug of the oil pan. Loosen the drain plug with a socket wrench and allow all of the old oil to drain into the pan. Remove the old oil filter.
3. Disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the dipstick and its housing. Remove the collar on the rear of the oil pan. If the vehicle is equipped with engine oil cooler lines that lead to the oil pan, remove them as well, along with transmission oil cooler clips.
4. Remove the bolts holding the oil pan, and carefully remove the oil pan. Remove the old gasket. Scrape it with a putty knife if necessary, but be very careful not to scratch the surface.
5. Wipe out the oil pan with a clean cloth or paper towel, and wipe the joining surface of the oil pan with cleaning fluid or solvent. Apply a thin bead of automotive sealer and install the new gasket.
6. Replace the oil pan, tightening the bolts securely. Replace the transmission oil cooler clips, engine oil cooler lines, oil pan collar, dipstick housing and dipstick, and reconnect the negative battery cable. Install a new oil filter.
7. Take the car off the jack stand and fill the engine with the appropriate amount of SAE 10W-30 or SAE 5W-30.
1.put car on a lift. 2.Drain oil. 3.make sure to have exact oil pan ready with seal in hand. 4.unscrew the bolts in a x fashon. 1-6 3-4 2-5 remove oil pan. 4.Clean all around where the oil pan used to be. 5.Attach new seal and oil pan. hand tighten all the bolts in a X fashon then tighten with a wrench or socket. 6.make sure oil drain plug is on good. 7. put new oil in typically 5 quarts. 8.put car on ground 9. All done.
have you smashed the sump ??never seen one leak yet?? sure its not the front or rear end oil seals ??..sounds like you have the sub frame in the way ,evan if you remove this bolt you will not be able to drop the sump without removing or lowering the sub frame assembly as the oil pick up pipe stops you from removing the sump in situe.Its not difficult to drop sub frame just time consuming
sounds like your lower gasket is shot, and while under pressure its slowly leaking through a cracked gasket try getting gasket sealent and put on seal crack let it sit for a day or 2 it should obsorb in and fix the gasket that should probably do the trick
If you heard a loud knocking.....I'm sorry to say, I'd hope for the worst. It doesn't sound good that you lost that much oil.
But try to clean it with a steamer or with some brake clean. Put a little oil back in and see where it is coming from. If it runs out without starting the car.....then you have definitely cracked the block, or the oil pan.
i would highly recommend getting it checked out by either a shop or someone you personally know and trust that has auto knowledge... the black oil leak is most likely engine oil... the light and thin aluminum manufacturers use now days can break under just the right conditions... heat and stress... when the tire piece went under your car it may have hit your oil pans(engine and transmission.. red oil) and caused either the pan gaskets to leak.. or maybe even the pans them selves to get cracks... hopefully it's just the gaskets... not too hard to fix and ALOT less costly then new pans... as for the light .. no clue what it's supposed to be...but good luck