I have a Mazda 323F 2k Model. I noticed that oil seeps from the valve cover seals/gasket.
Before it doesn't drop anything on the garage floor until now. I've observed a few drops after engine stop and then nothing.

Now, my question is do I need to replace it immediately? Is it a cause of major concern or what do I need to watch out for that should trigger replacement?


As vehicles get older, it is not uncommon for seals and gaskets to start leaking. Replacing these is fairly common. Whether you replace it now is up to your level of frustration with how big of a mess this will create, not only on and around the engine, but ultimately on your garage floor or driveway. It is not an emergency for your engine, as there is plenty of oil stored in the crankcase of the engine. However, if you choose to wait on getting it fixed, you will need to ensure you keep up with replacing the oil which is lost through the leak. With a slow drip of a leak, it would take a long time for all of the oil to leak out, but have no fear, it will leak out. If you keep up with the lost oil, there is no fear of collateral damage to internal engine parts due to this, though. Keep the oil between the high and low marks on the dipstick and you're golden.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.