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Aliso Viejo Auto Repair

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Why Does My Cabin Smell Like Oil?

You've probably experienced this scenario at least once before: You're driving on the highway and suddenly smell motor oil in your car. The smell of engine oil is typically a warning sign that you or your mechanic can trace back to an oil leak. If you notice that the strong scent does not go away, it can cause concern. Regardless of an oil leak or not, the best way to know where the smell is coming from is by having your automobile inspected at Super Service of Aliso Viejo. Our expert team can perform a complete vehicle inspection to explain the issue at hand thoroughly and figure out how to restore your vehicle.


Here are some of the most common causes for a pungent oil smell in your automobile: 

  • An oil leak flows into the exhaust system.
  • A poorly performed oil change could cause this scent to emanate. For instance, overfilling your oil can cause it to overflow onto other components under the hood.
  • A disconnected oil filter
  • A leaking or defective oil plug
  • A declining gasket


Oil Leak Repair in Aliso Viejo, CA

We highly advise that you regularly check your oil reservoir. Using the dipstick, inspect the oil for unusual coloring, volume, and consistency. If you're running exceptionally low and recently had an oil change, there is probably a leak within the system. Ignoring the smell of oil in your cabin is very frowned upon because any indication of an oil leak can cause engine damage. Without a sufficient amount of motor oil, you're at risk of engine damage or even a complete breakdown. Our experienced team will try to fix your vehicle and have you back on the road in no time. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!