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Signs of a Bad Mercedes Benz CLS55 AMG Oil Drain Plug Gasket
It's critical that the engine oil of the Mercedes Benz CLS55 AMG stays inside the motor for proper lubrication and heat management. Loss of this liquid, even in small amounts, has very bad effects in terms of performance. One tiny but surprisingly vital part that keeps it inside is the oil drain plug gasket. This is placed directly between the screw-like drain plug and the oil pan. The car's age and abuse taken over the distance it travels both contribute to the deterioration of this little seal. If left alone and unmaintained, you're going to have a slightly vulnerable engine. To help you diagnose if your car's suffering from a bad oil drain plug basket, the following are some signs that should be useful to you:
The drain plug is constantly stripped.
The oil drain plug is removed and returned every time you get an oil change. If you notice that you need to replace your old a plug to a larger one after every visit because it keeps getting stripped, chances are the gasket should also be changed. This is due to the over tightening of both parts. Doing this damages the gasket and plug rather than helps make a better seal. When you buy a new pair, make sure to apply only enough torque so as not to break these again.
There's an oil leak on the garage floor.
A bad oil drain plug gasket leads to an oil leak on the garage floor after leaving the car parked for a long time. What you should see are just small tiny drops of fluid and not a big puddle of muck. This amount clearly indicates that you only have a small breach on the oil pan. The most probably source is the small gap created by a bad gasket.
There's a small leak around the plug.
Not seeing the small drops of oil on the garage floor doesn't necessarily mean that there's nothing wrong with the gasket. Check the area around the plug and see if there's a small build up of grease there. Assuming that the oil pan itself is intact, the source of the tiny leak may again be a bad gasket. The difference with this one is that the drops are so little because the failure is only at an early stage.