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This is a discussion on oil leak question within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Well I got the official word from the shop today that my front oil pan gasket needs to be fixed. ...

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    oil leak question

    Well I got the official word from the shop today that my front oil pan gasket needs to be fixed. I heard a few of you on here saying that when you have a front oil pan gasket leak it only leaks when driving, not when its sitting, I just wanna verrify that, cause if it can wait until it comes out of storage next spring that would help me money wise ALOT. Thanks - Jason

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    It will leak more when you're driving because your oil will be hotter and thinner. It will leak regardless depending on the size of the leak.

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    Like said above it will leak more while driving because its gets hot and thins out a bit, and when it drains back from up top its tends to go everywhere and will find a way out. Although once sitting it will probly leak a little at first then the leak will slow down if not stop.
    You can wait until you pull it out of storage but ensure you check the oil level befor starting. Once you turn the car off the oil drians back into the pan and sits at the same level until started.
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    I would put some sort of oil guard underneath the car when you store it so if it doesn't stop leaking you don't have anything to clean up except the oil guard. You should be fine storing it like this but when you take it out of storage again I would check the oil to be safe, even though it may not leak much. Just a suggestion.

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