Oil leak wonít do your engine any good as it can starve your engineís moving parts of their much-needed oil for lubrication. One of the common causes of oil leaks is a worn-out oil pan gasket. In some vehicles, there is an engine oil warning light in the dashboard that illuminates once it senses oil leak. If your ride doesnít have such light, youíll know your engine oil is leaking if you see oil on the ground beneath your engine block.
Why choose an oil pan gasket set
Oil leak, no matter what the cause, should be acted upon immediately. If itís now time to get a replacement gasket for your oil pan, it would be wise to go for an oil pan gasket set. Besides the gasket itself, a set also contains mounting bolts with washers as well as other hardware you may need in providing a good seal between the oil pan and the engine block.
There are gaskets that require liquid sealant or adhesive to ensure firm bond between the two mating surfaces. If you go for a gasket set, it usually includes the gasket adhesive thatís recommended by your manufacturer or one that will work best with the type of gasket you are purchasing.
What to look for in an oil pan gasket set
So youíve decided to get a gasket set? Donít make the mistake of choosing the first one you see online. Remember, not all gasket sets are the same. The contents of the set as well as the size and type of gasket included in it may vary. When making a choice, here are some of the factors you should consider:
Know whatever it is thatís included in the set and find out if you really need all of those. Go for one that contains exactly what you need. Itís okay to have one or two spare components or hardware just in case you lost one, but make sure you wonít be paying too much for a set that contains more than what you need.
- Type of gasket
Find out the type of gasket included in the set and compare it with your stock. Make sure to get one thatís exactly the same as the old gasket to avoid compatibility and installation issues.