Identifying and Troubleshooting Honda Cr-v Oil Pan Gasket
You notice a nasty oil leak under your Honda CRV and you decide that you just need to refill your oil. However, aside from being an expensive issue, an oil leak is not good for your vehicle and the environment as well. The oil pan gasket retains the oil that keeps your engine moving, so address this problem as soon as you can to avoid bigger problems later. Diagnosing an oil leak is easy: just look for a puddle of oil under your vehicle. An oil leak is caused by different things but we shall focus on the oil pan gasket related issues. Here are a few things to look out for and how you can fix your Honda Cr-v oil pan gasket.
Not the right fit
One of the more common issues that an oil pan gasket has is that, it does not properly fit your vehicle. When buying a replacement, make sure you have the exact measurements. Better yet, bring your vehicle with you so you can fit it right then there. The fit of your oil pan gasket decides your vehicles performance.
Worn out oil pan gasket
Oil pan gaskets are usually made of rubber. However, there are also some that are made of corks and chemical sealing compound. All materials though, are prone to the usual wear and tear so if you notice a leak, it wise to check the condition of your oil pan and oil pan gasket. Pour in oil on your oil pan and locate where the leak is coming from. If the drip is coming from the top of the oil pan, near the gasket, then you need to replace the gasket.
Installing a replacement
Honda Cr-v oil pan gaskets are inexpensive to replace. Depending on the year, you can get CRV oil pan gasket replacement for less than $50. You can install it with a silicon gasket sealer or an O-ring gasket. Oil pan gasket repair is something you can do if you have time. It will take more than an hour to do because you would need to remove the worn or bad oil pan gasket. Once you have removed the old gasket, clean the pan cover and make sure that it's free from any oil and dirt remains. When using the silicon sealant, let it harden before putting the oil pan cover. If using gasket glue, apply it on the gasket first then just place it properly on the oil pan and you're done.