Notice that all vehicles regardless of size, shape, make, and model are dependent on various fluids for proper operation. Just as our bodies require water to stay hydrated, automobiles need the power that fuel provides. While our bodies also use water to keep us cool, an engine works at its best when it's running at a specific temperature that can only be maintained with the aid of a coolant. Also, that same engine's various parts and systems can only function smoothly if they're lubricated properly. This is done by oil that circulates your engine like the blood in our veins, and all of it comes from the oil pan.
By appearance, this pan that stores your oil is a removable, metal chamber or bowl that's bolted onto the bottom of your crankcase. It doesn't look that special, but it gets the job done. It's usually constructed with thin sheet steel or cast alloy, although there are also high-performance oil pans that are made from billet aluminum. All your oil drains down to this pan to be stored. This basic function requires that most pans are simple empty containers. They just have an oil drain plug that can be removed to allow old oil to drain out of the vehicle during an oil change. Some pans, however, are a bit more complicated; featuring baffles and trap doors that can control the movement of the oil and keep it closer to the oil pump during aggressive driving.
As you may know, the car oil pan is more than just your ordinary reservoir. This large container that's located at the bottom of your engine is considered the belly of the beast. The wonderful thing about the oil pan's function is that it's not just a container for oil coming down but also the source of the oil going up. The pan features an oil pump which makes sure the oil keeps ascending and lubricating various engine parts.
Obviously, it's more than just the purpose of its content that sets your oil pan apart from the coolant storage and fuel tank. While those other fluid reservoirs are also important and have their own unique features, it's the pan and its pump that require much more precision and efficiency. While you could experience radiator and air-conditioner problems without coolant and not be able to drive without fuel, those hurdles are still bearable. Without a fully functional oil pump, you could be looking at some severe and expensive engine part damage due to lack of lubrication.
While your oil pan's function may be simple, it's certainly invaluable to your engine and your vehicle's entire operation. If your oil pan's leaky and damaged beyond repair, then you should consider replacing it immediately before you begin experiencing problems caused by oil loss. Here at Parts Train, we have a wide range of high quality engine parts where you'll easily find an oil pan that directly fits your ride. Browse our catalog now and order one today!