2000 Chevy Impala 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 131000 miles
I change my own oil and filters, I changed the oil and filter roughly a month ago. The other day I was driving and the low oil pressure light came on, I pulled over and popped the hood to find oil sprayed all over the radiator and fan.
I got the car home and discovered the leak was coming from around the filter. I removed the filter and found a small indentation in the gasket. Thinking this may have been the sourced of the leak, I replaced the filter. I started it up with the new filter and there was still a substail leak. I removed the filter and it appeared the part of the gasket had been almost blown off when started. I replaced the filter one more time and got the same result. The leak is very bad, if I were to leave the car running for more than 30 seconds all of the oil would probably drain out.
The picture shows the last filter I pulled off. The filter was only on to start the car up, not driven anywhere. On the back side you can see how the gasket has been pulled out of its seat. I cover the gasket with oil before putting it on the car. I've changed many filters and never had this happen with the gaskets before.
What could be causing the gasket it to do this and is it easily repariable?
I dont think the picture went through I tried twice.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 AT 10:26 AM