Why is My Engine Low on Oil Service FAQ serving San Francisco, CA
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Why Is My Engine Low on Oil? Find Out in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The circulation of oil throughout your engine is accomplished through a closed system. This means that if the oil level is low, there's a problem. Engine oil may be getting into the combustion chamber or it could be leaking through a bad gasket or seal. Your options for having this issue addressed often depends on how much oil is escaping the system. Of course, discussing the matter with a certified service center is always the best way to proceed.

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What Are Some Potential Causes of Low Engine Oil?

Leaks are one of the most common causes of low engine oil. While leaks are relatively easy and inexpensive to fix, they can be hard to diagnose. That's because an oil leak may not always be noticeable as puddle under the vehicle. For instance, a leaky valve cover may result in a crusty black mess on the engine block or elsewhere under the vehicle. Typically, a dye test is the best way to identify where an oil leak is coming from.

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Another possible cause of the engine oil level being low is that it's getting burned up in the cylinders. This is often the reason for that mysterious disappearance of a quart of oil we mentioned earlier. While this can cause problems at the next smog check, you may not notice anything wrong with the vehicle other than it needs to have the oil topped off occasionally. This is one of the main reasons that it's so important to keep an eye on the engine oil level on older and higher-mileage vehicles.

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Of course, there is another possibility. If you've had your vehicle's oil changed recently, it could simply be that the person who refilled the engine with oil didn't put enough in. This is a good reminder of how important it is to carefully consider just to whom you're trusting the maintenance of your Subaru. If you change your own oil, always be careful not to overfill the engine. This can increase the overall engine pressure and cause seals or gaskets to fail.

With our expert technicians and comfortable lounge, Carlsen Subaru is proud to be your source for Subaru service in Redwood City, California.

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  1. Carlsen Subaru

    480 Veterans Blvd
    Redwood City, CA 94063

    • Sales: (888) 520-5916

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