Another sunny day in Pacific Beach, San Diego. A concerned Lexus owner pulled into our lot at PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair. I greeted him as he stepped out of the car.
“I’ve been noticing oil stains on my driveway, Aaron,” he began. “Plus, there’s this peculiar smell… almost like a tire burning. It’s hard to describe.”
Symptom: Oil stains on the driveway and a burning tire-like odor emanating from the engine.
Problem: Worn-out valve cover gasket causing engine oil to leak.
Solution: Replaced the valve cover gasket to ensure a tight seal and prevent further oil leaks.
I’ve come across countless car issues over the years, and his description immediately raised an alarm in my mind. Not only is the smell of burnt oil distinctive, but it can also be harmful due to the carcinogens. I assured the Lexus owner that he had come to the right place and that my team of ASE certified mechanics would promptly inspect the problem.
He decided to go across the street to grab a coffee and food while my team began their thorough investigation. The leaking oil trails were evident, and they led directly to the valve cover gasket area, a component preventing oil leaks by sealing the valve cover and engine.
When this gasket wears out, it can cause havoc on the engine by letting oil leak all over, even affecting the belts. Moreover, the resultant oil stains on driveways are a common grievance for many car owners.
Post inspection, I called the Lexus owner to explain our findings. “The valve cover gasket on your Lexus is worn out and is the cause of the oil leak,” I stated. “We need to replace it to ensure your engine remains in optimal condition.” He nodded, understanding the gravity of the situation.
Based on the diagnosis we promptly ordered the parts and necessary components. Our skilled team then got to work:
- Disconnecting the battery and removing the ignition coil and spark plugs.
- Carefully detaching the valve cover.
- Cleaning the surface and removing the old gasket.
- Placing the new gasket and ensuring a perfect seal.
- Reassembling the components and double-checking for any discrepancies.
With the repair done, I personally took the car for a quick spin around the block. The offensive burnt oil smell was gone, and a keen look underneath revealed no more oil leaks.
The Lexus owner’s relief was palpable as he thanked us, “No more oil leaking, and no more smell!”
I took a moment to emphasize the importance of regular inspections, especially living near the beach where the salty air can sometimes accelerate wear. “It’s always wise to catch these issues early. Regular check-ups can save both time and money in the future.”
He nodded in agreement, expressing gratitude for the expertise and professionalism shown by our team.
At PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair, our goal is not just about fixing cars; it’s about forging relationships based on trust, expertise, and unparalleled service. Our story continues with every satisfied customer that drives away from our lot. Contact us online to schedule an appointment or call us at 1-858-270-1142.