Save My Asphalt
May 7, 2012 6:18 PM Subscribe
My son's car (my old 97 Mazda 626) has a minor oil leak. It's damaging my asphalt driveway. What are my options?
posted by COD to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
The car is 15 years old and the leak is minor. It requires maybe a quart every 1000 or so miles. So spending many hundreds of dollars to replace the seals on a old car is not a bright financial move. With my luck, the week after I did it the automatic transmission would go (it's original). However, the asphalt right under the leak is starting to soften.
Short term, I'm going to scrub it with dish washing detergent and prime it with some oil stain sealer that I used the last time I resealed the entire driveway (about 18 months ago). Then reseal the spot- it's about the size of a small plate.
Longer term, what are my options? Parking the car in the street will raise the ire of my HOA, so it is not an option. I've thought about just getting a shallow plastic bin and telling my son to park over it so that the bin catches the oil. Any are there any better ideas?