I Noticed Oil On My Garage Floor — What Should I Do?

What do you do if you go out in the morning to find that your car has leaked oil on your garage floor? This could be an indication of a small problem, or it could be something more.

Leaking oil could be caused from a number of issues ranging from mild to severe. Some of the mildest causes of oil leaks could be an improperly aligned or worn-out oil filter; a loose or worn-out drain plug on the oil pan; or the oil filler cap could be missing, loose, or broken. Some major causes of concern for oil leaks could be a leaking valve cover gasket, pan gasket, oil cooler lines or possibly other gaskets.

Your first step is to check your engine oil and make sure that it is not low, if it is add oil to your vehicle before driving it.

If your vehicle is leaking oil contact your local Best-One® Auto Care and one of our trained technicians will be more than happy to take a look at it and repair it properly.

By Roger Clark, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

What Are the Dangers of Potholes?

How dangerous are potholes to your car? Surprisingly, these small “bumps” in the road can do some hefty damage to your vehicle. Potholes often pop up during the spring time because of the freezing and thawing from the winter months.

Potholes can cause damage to your vehicle’s tires or suspension. They can puncture your tires, potentially cause a blow-out, or cause your vehicle to become misaligned. Potholes can also cause premature breakdown of the suspension system and shock absorbers. Finally, hitting a pothole can also cause wheel and rim damage, as well as potential damage to your undercarriage or exhaust system.

So what can you do if you see a pothole on your commute?

  • Try and avoid the pothole if you can do so safely.

  • If you cannot avoid the pothole, try to safely slow your vehicle.

  • Hold your steering wheel firm.

  • Avoid braking when directly over the pothole. You can actually cause more

  •  damage because of the weight shifting when braking.

  • Maintain air pressure in all tires to provide as much cushion as possible.

If you do run over a pothole and you’re are not sure if your vehicle has sustained damage visit your local Best-One® and we will be happy to take a look at it for you.

 Roger Clark, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist