Finding Problems Due to a Mitsubishi Eclipse Oil Pan
A good supply of oil is vital to run your car. For the Eclipse, this should be stored and ready to go inside a sturdy Mitsubishi Eclipse oil pan. The car is so fun and enjoyable to drive that it may be too late before you notice something's wrong with your sporty car. A rough engine or bad driving habits are the usual causes associated with a broken oil pan. That's why it is very important to find the earliest signs of punctures and leaks before you end up stranded on the side of the road. Read this guide to help you find the symptoms of a Mitsubishi Eclipse oil pan.
Oil puddles and trails
The clearest and most obvious sign of a Mitsubishi Eclipse oil pan problem is seeing some form of oil leak on the ground. A puddle of oil may be seen directly under the engine when the car is parked. You may also find your Eclipse leaving a trail of sludge when you drive. Punctures are usually caused by driving over rough roads. The lowered base of the car makes it easily vulnerable to jagged rocks and other pointy objects. If the pan is still intact, a worn gasket may result to oil passing through.
Sudden oil-pressure drop
If you happen to drive with a Mitsubishi Eclipse bad oil pan installed, and you didn't notice the trail of oil you leave behind-or someone diligently cleans the puddle of oil your parked car leaves before you see it-it's hard to disregard the drop in the oil-pressure gauge. Along with it, there may also be a clicking noise that signifies an emptied oil pan. The drop is also caused by oil leaking out of the pan's loose seals. This usually happens when the engine gets hot enough for the oil to expand and look for openings it can pass through.
Smoke and burns
If you still didn't notice the leaks and drop in pressure, the worst thing that could happen to you is you end up with an engine giving off too much smoke (either color white or blue) and a burnt scent. By this time, not only would this mean replacing a Mitsubishi oil pan, but also reworking your car's engine and exhaust. Take note that this type of problem is not unique to a broken oil pan. On the first sign of smoke and burns, get your car checked at once to figure out the problem.