How do you check a used car for oil leaks? Watch
How should I go about checking for leaks? eg should the engine be running first, should I check the gasket afterwards? Anything/anywhere in particular to shine a torch at?
make sure the car is cold when u view it - i.e not recently driven
look under the bonnet for oily residue - i am not 100% sure how to specifically check for a leak tho - but ensure the levels are good - too low indicates they probably not been looking after the car properly.
Also have a look at the ground underneath the car for oil patches.
Oil leaks never bothered me. Mind you, the kind of cars I drive if its not leaking oil then theres none left in the engine!
Small oil leaks are common on older cars, and providing it's not excessive they're not something I'd worry about too much.
I would be more concerned about a car burning oil than leaking oil (depending where the leak is) is though. Oil burning can be a bit harder to spot as there are things you can buy to hide it (STP Stop Smoke).
Never bothered me to be honest. At least it reminds you to top it up from time to time.
The MGBV8 had an interesting oil leak... it leaked where the dipstick tube entered the block untill i took it out and changed the rubber.
Basically, the crank case would pressureise and squirt a tiny amount of oil past the dipstick tube and onto the hot left hand exhaust manifold.
It was particularly fun at traffic lights... you'd get a smell come up from the hole around the gear lever (never managed to sort that out) and a puff of smoke come out of the left hand wheel well.
Used to make me laugh. Theres just something about the smell of burning oil!