Fixing Problems with Your Ford Probe Oil Pan
Problems with your Ford Probe oil pan shouldn't be ignored as anything serious like leaks or burnt oil can seriously damage your car. Since the oil pan holds pretty much all the oil that your vehicle would use, then you'd want to keep working properly all the time and avoid any trouble. Unfortunately, your oil pan will degrade after a couple of years and cause problems for your ride unless you get a solution for them quickly. Read through our short troubleshooting guide so you can deal with these issues easily before things get out of hand.
Detecting a leak
Leaks are the number one problem that most car owners face when it comes to their oil pans, so it's best to check if there's indeed a leak before you replace the entire pan itself. As most of us now, finding the source of a leak isn't easy, but you could narrow it down by simply cleaning the part that you want to check for leaks. For the oil pan, all you'll need would be a rag and a degreaser and you'll be able to spot a leak easily. Get underneath your vehicle and clean your oil pan. Once you've gotten rid of all the grime, then you could easily spot any telltale leak as it'll begin to pool and drip. It's easier to spot it too since all the dirt is gone. Once you've narrowed down a leak to your oil pan, you'll need to replace it before the leak gets out of hand.
Oil around the bolts and bolt heads
Once you've checked that there are no leaks around your Ford Probe oil pan, then the next place that you'll need to check would be the oil pan gaskets. A common sign would be oil around the small bolts or around the bolt heads. You should also check the area around the gaskets to see if there are any traces of oil. Over time, the O-ring in the gasket or the gasket itself will wear out and leak oil. You'll simply have to replace the oil pan gasket and you're good to go.