Every engine needs a film of motor oil to protect moving parts against friction and wear – without it, the engine
would quickly overheat to the point where the parts would actually weld to each other and seize. If your vehicle is
having lubrication problems it could be that oil is not circulating properly. Take a look at our wide selection of
oil pan, pumps and parts to help keep your car on the road and running smoothly.
The oil pan is the bottom line for oil containment. When parked, the lifeblood of your vehicle rests here. When
you add oil through the cap on a valve cover and the associated oil
filler tube grommet, it seeps down into the pan.
When running, your car's oil pump puts the oil under pressure so it can make its way to all moving
parts. The oil passes through the oil filter to trap any contaminants, and
is distributed to vital engine parts like the crank, cam, bearings, valve train and cylinders. When it's time to
change the oil in your vehicle, you first drain your engine by way of the plug at the bottom of the pan. For an
unremarkable part, the oil pan plays a crucial role in any engine, and damage to it can lead a variety of issues.
Regarding the engine oil pump mentioned above, this part does more than draw oil from the pan and direct it
to the filter. It pressurizes the fluid, from low to high, so if you're seeing a pressure warning light on your dash
or a low reading on the oil pressure gauge, a malfunctioning auto oil pump may be the cause.
Our selection of oil pans, pumps and parts includes a number of other key automotive lubrication system
components. Any engine part that can be connected or disconnected will usually include, for example, a gasket
to ensure proper sealing. This is particularly true for pans and pumps, so you may want to check the condition of
these accessories as part of your routine, oil-related maintenance. And remember, when you remove any of these
parts, be sure to wipe screws or bolt heads clean first. They'll likely have a coat of oil that might cause you to
strip the fastener as you loosen it.