How much of a danger is this oil leak?
August 23, 2013 9:01 AM Subscribe
I found out last night that my car is leaking oil onto my exhaust system. (That certainly explains the hot oil smell I've been smelling.) The guy at the lube shop said I should only use the car for short-distance driving until I can get it fixed, lest the exhaust get hot enough to cause the oil to catch on fire. Complication: I was planning taking a 45-mile trip this evening (and a 45-mile trip back afterward). I would hate to have to cancel. How big of a risk is this, really?
posted by escape from the potato planet to travel & transportation (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's a 2003 Nissan Sentra. The trip will take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic and stops.
So, I guess I'm wondering:
1. How likely is this to happen? About half of the trip is highway driving, which should help to air-cool the exhaust system, right?
2. If it does happen, what kind of risk/damage am I looking at?