What Causes Oil Pan Damage?

Your oil pan is located underneath the engine. This exposes it to all sorts of potential damage. It’s crucial to keep the oil pan in good condition; otherwise, the engine oil could leak out. Which would be disastrous for your engine.

In this blog we cover some common causes of oil pan damage. 

Common Causes Of Oil Pan Damage

  • Impact: Hitting a large pothole, speed bump, or debris on the road can cause the oil pan to be struck and damaged.
  • Bottoming Out: Driving over a curb or ramp with insufficient ground clearance can lead to the oil pan scraping against the ground. This is especially common in lowered vehicles.
  • Corrosion: Over time, exposure to road salts, moisture, and environmental elements can cause the oil pan to rust or corrode.
  • Debris: Small rocks, sticks, and other debris on the road can be thrown and strike the oil pan.
  • Accidents: In a collision, the oil pan can sustain damage. Potentially leading to cracks or leaks.
  • Gaskets and drain plugs: Wear and tear or an impact can cause damage to the gasket or drain plug. This will eventually lead to oil leaks.

To prevent oil pan damage, it’s important to drive carefully. Avoid hitting obstacles and ensure that you have sufficient ground clearance for the type of driving you do.

Regular vehicle maintenance and inspections can help identify and address potential issues before they lead to significant damage.

Get The Right Oil Pan For Your Vehicle

At Karl Kustoms, we do everything from restorations to custom upholstery, custom painting, bodywork, and accessory installations. And more.

We also have an oil pan to suit tons of different vehicles, including upgraded parts for your modded rides. Take a look at some of our most popular oil pans here:

Popular Oil Pans
LS Swap Conversion Oil Pan – KPP81073
LS Swap Conversion Oil Pan – KPP81074
LS Retro Fit Oil Pan – KPP81075
LS Retro Fit Oil Pan w/Frame Cut Outs – KPP81077
1955-79 SBC Oil Pan – KPPK8442
1955-79 SBC Oil Pan Black – KPP8442BK
1986-up SBC Oil Pan – KPPK8444
1986-up SBC Oil Pan Black – KPPK8444BK
1955-79 SBC Chrome Oil Pan – KPP7442
1955-79 SBC Oil Pan Black – KPP7442BK
1955-79 SBC Oil Pan Steel – KPP7442X
1986-up SBC OIl Pan Chrome – KPP7441
1986-up SBC Oil Pan Black – KPPK9716
1962-95 Ford Small Block Oil Pan – KPPK8446BK
Popular Oil Pan Parts
Drag Race Oil Pan Pickup Pump – KPPK9727
Drag Race Oil Pan HV Pickup Pump – KPPK9727HV

We offer a price match guarantee and free shipping on orders over $99. Karl Kustoms has experienced machinists on staff, and we build some of the finest hot rods in the country. So, give our team a call at 866-697-8615 or contact us online. We are always eager to assist.