Fixing an oil pan gasket leak

oil pan gasket leakFixing an oil pan gasket leak can be a frustrating ordeal.  Your oil pan is always going to be the lowest component on your engine.  It has to be the lowest because as oil is pumped all through your motor it drains by gravity back to the oil pan where you oil pump pickup is located.  Gravity always takes liquids to the lowest possible place, so that is where your oil pan sits.  The oil pan catches and holds all the oil in your engine whether it is running or not.  On Most vehicles, the level at which the oil sits in your oil pan is actually below the gasket.  This turns out to be a good thing if you have an oil pan gasket leak because once you turn your vehicle off the oil settles below the gasket and the leak will stop.  This also can make it difficult to identify an oil pan gasket leak because the only time oil is leaking from the oil pan is while you are driving.

Since an oil pan gasket leak can be difficult to identify, it is worth making sure that your oil pan gasket is actually where the leak is coming from.  The same way gravity brings oil back to your oil pan, it also can bring evidence of a leak down to your oil pan gasket on the outside of your motor.  Just because you have oil around your oil pan, doesn’t mean your oil pan gasket is leaking.  While inspecting the underside of your engine, make sure to check for evidence of a leak and oil residue above your oil pan.  If you find oil above it, it may just be dripping down from another leak source.  The best way to be sure is to thoroughly clean all the oil from your engine using a degreaser or engine cleaner.  Then, go for a quick drive, maybe 10 to 20 minutes, and recheck for leaks.  Remember your engine will be hot!

If you don’t discover leaking oil from anywhere above your oil pan, then it’s likely you do have an oil pan gasket leak.  Many times oil pans can be very difficult to get to.  They are often held on by a significant number of small bolts and can sometimes be obstructed by the frame of your vehicle or steering components.  On some vehicles you have to remove the front sub frame or even the motor to remove the oil pan.

Oil Pan Gasket leakEven if your oil pan is easy to get to it can be a frustrating job.  All the bolts holding it on thread into your engine block, so if one gets broken or damaged you will have very difficult job of repairing it.  If you do happen to break a bolt during removal of your oil pan, check out this article Removing Broken Bolts.  Also, your oil pan is made of relatively thin metal so it can be easy to damage during removal even if it’s done by a professional mechanic.  If your oil pan is dented or bent during removal it can be very difficult to get a good seal on a new gasket when your re-install your old oil pan.

For all the reasons, you should consider solving the leak with your current oil pan gasket in place.  Luckily there is a way to restore your original oil pan gasket to its original shape, size and softness which can seal your leak without any of the trouble we mentioned above.  BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is an oil additive that can restore the seals and gaskets in your vehicle’s engine to their original shape and size stopping your leaks permanently.  BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak doesn’t have any harmful particles or fibers that could damage your engine and can be left in your engine oil until your next oil change.  BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak will restore your oil pan gasket, stopping your leak, and saving you time and money.

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86 responses to “Fixing an oil pan gasket leak

  1. I am having trouble with my 1999 f-350 7.3l…. I am 15 and just got it, but my dad said that in order to fix this oil leak i would have to replace the gasket or seal the hole… Is there an easier way to do it? If so email me first and then if you have any other questions i can give you my dads # or email.. Thank you!
    -Zach

    1. Zach-

      We manufacture a product called the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. We recommend adding one 8 ounce bottle to your engine oil. You should notice results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

        1. Mikr-

          In order to get the benefit of the product, you would have to drive the vehicle 100-200 miles before you would start to notice results. Keep in mind, it does not have to be a continuous drive. You are fine to drive 5, 10 mile intervals here and there. It’s just going to be around the 100 mile mark before you start to see some improvement.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

        1. Nathan-

          The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is only intended for the rubber seals/gaskets in the fluid oil system. Unfortunately, the product wouldn’t have any effect on rtv silicone.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

  2. I have a 98 Jeep cherokee . Im having a oil leak. But it only happens after ive drove . Depending on how long ive been driving determine how much oil leak. I recently had the val cover gasket changed . Then i got a tune up and oil changed .So im guessing its the oil pan gaskets thats doing the leaking now . I also have alot of black smoke coming out of my pipes . I was wondering is that caused by an old fuel injector. Please

    1. Deadrick-

      The blue smoke you are seeing is most likely oil burning off based on the blue color you are seeing. We recommend adding one bottle of the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak to stop the oil loss. You should notice results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

  3. Just broke one oil pan bolt close by,where the oil dip stick goes.Iam going to try that blue devil stop leak first an see what happen will get back with the result in a later days.

    1. Sir-

      Unfortunately, if the oil pan bolt is broken the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak will not work. It is specifically formulated to react with the rubber seals & gaskets.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

  4. Hi,
    My 2000 blazer has an oil leak from the oil pan gasket and rear crank shaft seal (both is new gasket and the seal changed them 2 month ago).
    I was hoping to try you blue devil oil stop leak but here’s the issue “where can I find or buy your product in Indonesia?”

    1. I hav ford ikon 1.8d deaz a leakage frm d oil pan or i cnt say wheather its frm oil pan or d seal is gone.. Wl dis rectify d problem

      1. Silvinder-

        Thank you for asking about your Ford Ikon. Yes, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would treat a leaking oil pan gasket. Once you add the product, you can expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

        Thank you!

        -BDP

    1. Scott-

      We have had a lot of success using the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak in motorcycles. Keep in mind, you probably won’t need the full bottle; use 1 ounce of BlueDevil per 1 quart of capacity.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  5. I have a 97 Toyota corolla and I was told by a mechanic I had a small hole in my oil gasket, and that it wasn’t bad but it would need to be fixed soon. Would blue devil be able to solve the problem?

    1. Alistar-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is specifically designed to stop oil loss coming from around the oil pan gasket. After the product is added you should start noticing results once you reach about 100 miles of driving with it in your oil.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

  6. I have an oil leak but it doesn’t leak when I drive it only leaks when it its off and parked for 8hours will this help product help and where can I find it in florida

    1. Danny-

      Yes, we recommend adding 1 bottle of the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak to remedy your oil loss. The product may be purchased locally through AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, as well as many other local parts retailers.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

  7. I have a 94 ford f 150 that I just bought and the previous owner just had the oil pan gasket replaced.. Which is a big job because it’s a ford and you have to pull the motor. But I have a leak and I can see the gasket falling/oozing out of where it should be sitting… I personally think the mechanic tighted the pan too much when the job was done. But I’m not sure… Anyway, would you suggest getting a new gasket put in and have it done right, or do you think your product would do the trick. You said the rubber activates the formula so I’m not sure it will work if it’s missing parts of the gasket to begin with. ?? Thanks

    1. Turbine-

      Yes, we recommend adding 1 bottle of the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. This should help stop the oil loss. You can expect to start noticing results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

  8. Would this work on vw golf s which has oil leak from sump area that looks like it has no gasket. Leaks when drive the car only but nearly 4.5 liters in 3 days.

    1. Yaz-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is specifically designed to stop leaks coming from any rubber seal or gasket. If the leak appears to be coming from some place other than the gasket or seal then we do not recommend using the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

  9. Got a 92 Nissan sentra has series of leaks. Mechanic wants 1700 to fix. Power steering, oil pan, transmission etc. Will your products work for me?

    1. Sandra-

      Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can better understand the extent of the leaks in your Nissan Sentra and give you our recommendation.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  10. Leaking oil from under engine only signs of oil leak is around the oil pan,or by oil filter also going toward back of the car about a foot from oil filter would you recommend your product for me

    1. Ricky-

      Yes, we recommend adding one 8 ounce bottle of the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak to seal the leak. You can expect to start noticing results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Feel free to contact us at 888-863-0426 with any questions in the meantime.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

  11. my Chevy prism 99 stopped on me while I was driving and the car was still rolling but I listen and the engine was not running but the fan was and the oil light was on so I figured it was the oil but I put 3qt in and I look down and I see oil leaking around the oil base pan gasket but right before that on the back of my bumper is black from smoke coming out the pipe but you don’t see smoke but you can see it on the bumper can someone help me please

    1. Bobby,

      Thanks for your question about your Prism. It is possible that your engine shut down due to a low oil level. If you saw oil leaking out immediately after you added it you have a severe oil leak and should get that fixed before you continue to run your car. The black soot on your bumper is an indication that your car is running rich. You may have a faulty oxygen sensor, or need to replace your spark plugs but those problems are most likely unrelated to your car suddenly shutting off while you are driving.

    1. Kyle-

      Thank you for asking about the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. If the leak is coming from the oil filter itself, we would recommend replacing the filter. If the leak is coming from the oil pan gasket, then yes, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would seal that kind of a leak. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. Baboloki-

      Unfortunately, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is specifically designed to rejuvenate and recondition rubber seals in the system; it is not made to seal an actual crack.

      Our recommendation would be to have the oil sump replaced.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  12. Very interesting however, I was afraid that the product/formula can cause harm to the rubber gaskets oil seals around the whole engine after a long run as it expands the rubber?…

  13. Would you recommend driving the 100 miles first after Blue Devil Oil Stop leak is entered before doing an oil change or should one do an oil change first then Blue Devil Oil Stop to seal a leak around oil pan?

    Thank you

    1. Jael-

      Changing the oil prior to adding BlueDevil is not a requirement. However, if you are due for an oil change then we recommend changing the oil prior to BlueDevil. If not, then you can go ahead and add it now.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  14. If oil leaks out within hrs will this product be of any use or wll oil gasket need to be replaced.
    Sounds like intemded use are for slow leaks

    1. Nina-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is intended for leaks that are seeping or dripping. Typically, you should start to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving. If you are losing oil too quickly, you wouldn’t be able to keep the product in the system long enough for it to be able to seal.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  15. Hello, I am 2006 BMW 3 series with a oil pan gasket leak, as you know BMW is very picky with what oil or additives you use. Have you done any testing on BMW gaskets and long effects. I am just curious if it will make my leak any worse as it is very minimal at this point, should I wait?

    Thanks!

    1. Chad-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is compatible with your BMW. As long as the leak is not more than a seep or a drip, you should be able to see some great results from the product.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

      1. Any worried that this may over ‘swell’ the gaskets and cause a complete failure? I have been told that some could do just that, please your honest opinion is appreciated.

        1. Chad,

          Good question! Some leak stop products use petroleum distillates to swell the gasket to seal the leak. This works for a short time, but in the long run, the petroleum distillates will start to dissolve the gasket or seal destroying them and leading to complete failure. BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak does not use petroleum distillates to restore gaskets and seals so there is no worry of complete failure of the gasket in the future.

          Thanks for your question!

          -BDP

    1. Carmen-

      No, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak will not harm valve seals in anyway; it will not negatively effect any components of the engine.

      Once the product is added you can expect to start seeing results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  16. I have a 06 Honda Accord they leaks oil but don’t wanna replace the whole oil pan how long does your product work and how big of a leak can the blue devil oil stop leak cover up?

    1. Jesse-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is intended for leaks that are seeping or dripping. Once the product seals, it would create a permanent seal. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  17. I ran my car for about 2hrs. with the Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak . I noticed right away that the oil leaks had slowed down a lot. I no longer had a small to medium deposit of oil left behind. However, I noticed it is still leaking some but now only have a small drop or two of oil after driving the car. It seems that no leaks are occurring if not driven. I have actually only driven the car about 35 miles with this Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak in. Do you think once my mileage totals the 100-200 mile range that my oil leaks may totally stop or at least be very small in nature? I suspect the one leak coming from the front of the oil pan gasket. I believe this is why I have oil drips on the front frame of my car underneath. I believe the oil pan plug gasket may need replaced. It has leaked some since my last oil change. I am quite sure the Rear Main Seal has been leaking to. It doesn’t leave any oil deposits on the cardboard underneath though. I am not able to drive my car right now due to weather conditions. Therefore, having to leave the car set not driven won’t affect the results of this product will it?

    Thanks.
    Thanks.
    Thanks.

    1. Sir-

      No, that will not effect the results. Just keep in mind that you may not see the full results of BlueDevil until you have reached 100 – 200 miles of driving.

      Feel free to contact us at 888-863-0426 with any further questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. Joyce-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak can seal leaks coming from the oil pan gasket. After adding the product, you should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  18. Would this work on a 99 Ford Taurus SE? was just told my oil keeps leaking from my valve cover gasket onto my starter, shorting out the starter. I’m on my fourth starter before my mechanic says i have a leaky valve cover gasket – and THAT will be 400$ to repair.

  19. will it stop oil leak at oil pan and also timeing gear cover and do you have to drive the 100 miles + all at one time ?

  20. Hi, my question is I have a 1999 Honda CR-V and like many others here it’s leaking in several spots out of the gasket area. But my concern is Hondas V-Tec system with this product. Would you know if is will make the viscosity too thick causing the V-Tec to malfunction? Thanks for your time
    Matt-

    1. Matt-

      Thank you for asking about your Honda CR-V. The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is a universal application, so it would treat a leaking oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, rear main seal, etc. Based on your description, the Oil Stop Leak is the product you would want to use and is compatible with your vehicle. The product does not harden or thicken in any way, so it would not cause any kind of adverse affects on the system. What it will do is revitalize and recondition the rubbers in the system, to get them back to their original state.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  21. I have a 2000 Fleetwood Discovery with a Cummins 275 Hp with a small leak on the oil pan,will your product work on a Diesel engine? And if so is there a certain kind for Diesels?

    1. Orlando-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is compatible in diesel engines and would be safe to use in your Fleetwood Discovery. You should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  22. We have a 84 Oldsmobile cuttlass supreme and the oil gasket was leaking and smoking. We put shellac on the gasket and applied but we lost a screw and couldn’t find it all screws were on except the last lost screw. What should we do?

    1. Cayla,

      Thanks for your question about your Oldsmobile Cuttlass Supreme. Our recommendation would be to remove one of the screws that you have installed and take it to your local hardware store. Most hardware stores should be able to match the screw for a very small cost. Without the missing screw you will have uneven pressure on the gasket and will most certainly have a leak.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  23. i Drive an altezza gita and this morning i drove over a rock, i didnt think it would have caused any issues, however, after i parked for about an hour or so i noticed that i had an oil leak. keep in mind that i’ve never had an oil leak. anyway, i looked under the vehicle and i think i noticed the leak from a pan like thing. Will your product stop this leak. its not a heavy leak though buh after a while it may look a lot.

    1. Shew-

      Thank you for asking about your Altezza Gita. The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would treat a leaking oil pan gasket. Typically, you should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  24. I have a 2001 QX4 that I have pulled the oil pan on three times now and still have a leak. It has a brand new front seal and I put a repair sleeve on the crank pulley but still getting a leak top of the pan near the front. This pan only has neoprene front and back but uses RTV on the sides which is where I believe it is leaking from. Must have a tweaked pan. Will your product help the RTV build a seal?

    1. John-

      Unfortunately, BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would not have an effect on RTV. The product is specifically designed to work with rubber seals/gaskets.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. Steve-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is only intended for rubber seals/gaskets. Unfortunately, we do not manufacture a product intended for cork gaskets. A hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  25. Hello, I have 2006 BMW 330i with oil pan gasket leak and oil filter housing leak, as you know BMW is very picky with what oil or additives you use. Let me know if I can use BlueDevil product, I am just curious if it will make my leak any worse as it is very minimal at this point, should I wait?

    Thanks!

    1. Siva-

      BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is 100% safe and compatible to use in your BMW. Once the product is added you can expect to start seeing results after about 100 miles of driving.

      There is literally no chance that the leak can become any worse from the use of BlueDevil.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  26. BMW E90 2007 320i. 70,000 km.

    Has had numerous gaskets leaking and replaced.

    Questions:
    1) White smoke now coming from the back, especially after idling. BMW agent says its leaking valve stem seals. Will this product stop the leaking valve stem seals?

    2) Will it cause any damage to the engine?

    3) How much of the product to I need to use and for how long?

    4) Will you ship the product to South Asia?

    1. Doug-

      Thank you for asking about your BMW. Yes, the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak would treat leaking valve stem seals. One 8 oz. bottle will treat 4-6 quarts of oil. The product doesn’t harden or thicken in anyway, so it would not have any adverse affects on the engine or system itself. Typically, you would start to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving. The product is available on our website, http://store.gobdp.com/oil-stop-leak-49499/, and yes, we do ship to South Asia.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

      1. Thanks for your response. Follow-up question. I have spent around $3500 in the last year to replace the oil pan gasket, transmission gasket, crankcase rotary mechanical seal front shaft, crankhaft radial oil seal, oil separator – return pipe, hose, connecting line, vacuum pump seal kit, tappet(valve) cover, oil filter gasket, vacuum o-rings (a bunch), coolant hose pipe and a fuel line connector.

        Will these new gaskets/seals be damaged in any way with Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak? From what I understand your product expands the rubber components in these seals, so wondering if your product reduces the lifespan of these brand new parts? Can’t afford to spend another $3500 to replace them, especially if I have to do a Valve Stem Seal job too which costs another $3000. Thanks in advance.

        1. Doug-

          The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak will expand, or slightly swell, the rubbers in the system back to their original state. It would not over-expand or over-swell them. Also, the product does not harden or thicken in anyway, so it would not have any adverse affects on the system.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

  27. Hi BlueDevil Products, I was wondering how the oil leak stopping fluid seals at the proper location where the leak occurs? What if it begins to harden or solidify at a different location such as the engine. Wouldn’t that wreck the engine rather than seal the leak?

    1. AZ-

      The BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak is only intended for the rubber seals/gaskets in the system. The way the product works is, it will revitalize and recondition the rubbers in the system and expand, or swell them up, back to their original state. The product does not harden or thicken in anyway, so it would not have any adverse affects on the engine or system itself. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

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