Often the first job for an amateur mechanic. Questions regarding changing the engine lubricant oil, or problems resulting from doing so.

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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter?

I am hearing mixed opinions how much should I tighten an oil filter. Does it depend on car or filter type? How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter? Thank you. ...
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How often to change oil if vehicle gets under 1500 miles per year? [duplicate]

For non-synthetic oil, how long can you go without changing the oil if you regularly only use a vehicle a couple times per month, for 30 miles per drive? That's a total of only 1000-1500 miles/year, ...
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A way to tell if mechanic used synthetic or organic oil?

I brought my car to a mechanic and asked for synthetic oil change. However, now I have realized that mechanic has put a new sticker in my windshield that states that next oil change is due in 3000 ...
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Oil pressure low on an 84 Ranger

I've recently changed the oil and filter on my 84 Ranger 2.8L V6. I used 10w-30 dino oil and filled it in range on the dip stick. I noticed that after I changed the oil, the oil pressure gauge (on ...
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Oil leaks after oil change - shop says engine oil pan gasket needs to be replaced

I brought my 2000 Honda Civic to my local Castrol shop for an oil change. After leaving for work the next day my wife told me there was a three foot wide pool of oil where my car was. I moved my car ...
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Did the mechanic damage our car?

I purchased a 125k mile 2005 Toyota Camry in good condition and with a good service history about 5 months ago. It was due for its second oil change since we've owned it so my wife took it in to a ...
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BMW 320i Gearbox lubricant replacement

I own a BMW 320i series 1997 model, ever since i bought it from its first owner i took it in for service two times but to my surprise the mechanic did not replace the gearbox lubricant/oil. I would ...
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Is it important that the gasket on the dipstick make a seal against the dipstick tube?

I just did an oil change on my 1995 Nissan Altima, and noticed that the gasket on my dipstick does not make a seal inside the dipstick tube. The inside diameter of the tube is maybe 3/32 of an inch ...
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JLO Rockwell 2F600

I have an old hovercraft that uses a small aircraft engine in the front to power both the lift and forward propulsion. I was hoping to find any kind of manual or literature on the engine itself. The ...
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How to clean engine when oil is contaminated with metal shards?

During a recent oil change Istripped the oil pan bolt. It took a bit of trial and error for me to realize the stripped hole was a 14mm 1.25 thread so I got a tap and rethread it to 14mm 1.5 thread ...
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How Many Partial Oil Transmission Fluid Changes Until Clean

I have to change my transmission oil (2008 Nissan Sentra CVT). It has a 7 liter total capacity, but due to the torque converter, I can only drain 4 liters at a time. Thus, I have to make several ...
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2006 Infiniti G35 - Blown engine following Kwik Kar engine flush

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy post.) Background 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe, 6-speed manual, 112K miles. I bought the car from a friend when it had about 50k miles. He had the car for the ...
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Why are there large differences in oil-change intervals?

I've been reading this site (and simmilar ones) alot, and I noticed alot of people (mainly from USA i think) who mention 3000-6000mile intervals for oil changes. I'm from Europe, and driving a ...
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Does VW T40057 drain all 6 litres of oil in 2008 Jetta 2.5L?

I came across the mention of the VW T40057 tool, that can be attached to the oil filter housing, and lets you drain the oil without creating a mess. However, it's not very clear whether or not this ...
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How much more slowly do synthetic oils degrade compared to conventional oils?

I don't drive my car very often and in the 13 years I've owned it I think I only ever reached the 5000 mile limit once during a long roadtrip; instead I always end up driving only about 2000 miles in ...
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Is it safe to reuse oil that was drained for a repair?

Let's say that I just replaced my engine oil but decided I want to lift the valve covers to do some gasket replacement. I know it may sound cheap but I'd rather not throw away $25 worth of almost new ...
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Is it possible to drain oil pan without getting any oil on your fingers?

This may be a frivolous question or a brain teaser... But I've always wondered if it is possible to so skillfully remove the drain bolt from the bottom of an oil pan upon oil change as to not get any ...
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Risks of “excess and lack” of Engine oil

I ride a Honda Stunner CBF 125 CC daily for approx 30 kms, with an average speed of 45 km/hr. I noticed that my motorcycle has been consuming too much engine oil like it not used to few years ago. ...
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Prius burns off oil very fast. Is this normal?

I replaced the oil on my mom's Prius today, which is 3200 miles or so since I replaced it last. The car only takes 3 quarts of oil, but only drained a little over 2 quarts. My jeep, on the other ...
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Step-by-step guide to changing oil of a 2004 Nissan Xterra

I'm looking for a step-by-step guide to changing the oil of 2004 Nissan Xterra. I found one a very useful one for my Lexus but I can't find one for my Nissan. Does anyone know of one or would like to ...
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2008 Scion XD 126K

I have a 2008 Scion XD which crossed 126K miles today.(Bought it with 62K) In recent months I have noticed a decrease in overall MPG to a tank. I do close to 30K miles per year and also do oil changes ...
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How many ml between L and F (Oil)

When I changed my oil last I was just above the Full mark, 5000km later I'm at the Low mark. I won't have time to change the oil until next week so I topped it up. My question is how do you know ...
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Which Car oil to use for Sonata 2004?

Which car oil should I use for Sonata 2004? How much and how often?
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Replacing oil sump plug washer after every oil change

As the title says, does the oil sump plug washer need to be replaced after every oil change, or can they be reused? Background - my 2005 Daihatsu Copen needs an oil change every 3000 miles. I have ...
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Oil leak - just keep refilling?

I have a 1995 Honda Accord with over 170k miles on it. I have the oil changed regularly every 3000 miles. My mechanic noticed the oil levels were pretty low at each oil change and took a deeper look. ...
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Is it mandatory to change oil once a year?

I drove only 4000 km in a year. Volkswagen advises that I change the oil in 15,000 km kilometers or 1 year. In this case, what do I need to do, because I have driven only 5000 km.
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pontiac oil change before or after repairing the car

I have to send my 2001 Pontiac Grand prix to a mechanic to fix some stuff. What do u recommend to change the oil before or after that
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Oil in 2011 Toyota Corolla

My 2011 Toyota has 15,000 miles on it. I just got its oil changed, and the new place that I took it to told me that I NEED synthetic oil 0W-20 (so they put in "Castrol Edge 0W-20"). But they also told ...
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Where is the engine oil filler tap on my Peugeot 504?

The engine oil is a bit low on my peugeot 504 (petrol 4 cylinders from 1979). I'm would like to top it up, but can't locate where oil filler tap is. Thanks
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What causes mud in my radiator?

Ive changed my oil about one month ago but just recently my check oil light has started coming on and I started losing my heat. I thought I might just have low antifreeze but when I opened my radiator ...
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Honda CVT Multimatic Gearbox oil-change frequency

I'm planning to buy a 1999 Honda Civic with Multimatic Gearbox and the current owner claims that he needs oil changes after every 7,500 Kms. But when I read about it most suggest the oil change only ...
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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

If you use synthetic ester-based oil in a relatively new petrol engine, top it up regularly, and the engine runs very quietly and basically without any noise whatsoever (especially after another top ...
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What is the cost of general maintenance on VW Jetta TDI (diesel)

I am looking at purchasing a new, 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI car. I have a 35 mile commute to work on pretty much all highway. I want something good on gas mileage, so I heard the Jetta TDIs get ...
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How does the Dodge Avenger know when it's time for an oil change?

Just a couple weeks ago, I took my 2012 Dodge Avenger to the shop for (among other things) an oil change. However, the car is already alerting me that it needs an oil change barely 1,000 miles later. ...
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Manual says “Do not use the jack supplied with your vehicle” — why is it?

I just bought an used Toyota Yaris 2008 hatchback and I'm preparing to change oil for the first time. There's a jack supplied with the car (along the with spare tire). However, the manual seems to ...
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Should I get the oil changed before or after a road trip?

I have a 1999 Honda Oyssey minivan w/ 168,000 miles on it. I get the oil changed twice a year and my next oil change is scheduled for right after an up-coming road trip. Is there any reason to do the ...
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How to remove a broken plastic oil drain plug from lawn mower?

While I was tuning up my outdoor power equipment I made a boneheaded mistake with my lawn mower. I was putting the drain plug back in my mower with a socket wrench completely forgetting it was plastic....
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Trouble reading oil level, 2007 VW Rabbit

This is a bit embarrassing. Since I got the car I've found it hard to read the oil level. The dipstick takes a turn as it enters the engine, and no matter how gently I pull the thing up, it seems ...
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Why aren't oil drain valves more commonly used?

An oil drain valve is a device that replaces your regular drain bolt and makes an oil change a much cleaner job. When it's time for an oil change, you simply attach a hose to the oil drain valve, open ...
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Prius 2010 oil reset (Europe edition not US edition)

All, I have 2010 prius that has Europe standards (Kilometer odometer) not mile, and it doesn't have the button "Mpg/KL" to reset the oil change light. How does it work for such edition? is it the ...
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very bad gas mileage in a brand new german car

I bought a brand new 2008 Jetta SE (2.5L petrol engine, automatic transmission, 21mpg city, 29mpg highway) in May 2008, which had under 200 miles on it. I immediately within a week drove it from ...
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Tools needed for oil change on 2012 Honda Odyssey?

What tools are needed to change the oil on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?
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What oil brand, style, weight, and filter for a 230k 98 Honda Acord LX 4-cyl?

first time here and pointed this way by a friend after I asked about on twitter. I've got a 1998 Honda Accord LX 4-cyl 2.3L with 230k miles approximately on it. I try to take decent care but I've ...
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Oil change: which is the best option? [closed]

I am a new driver and need to change oil. I have following options. Which one should I select? My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 127000 miles. NTB: $19.99 It includes following services: Tire ...
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Does one have to change ester-based fully synthetic oils?

They say that ester-based oils are used in jet-engines, where the oil is sealed, and it never has to be changed. If I use an ester-based oil as the lubricant for my Jetta 2.5L petrol, such as the ...
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Why is my engine quieter with synthetic oil?

I just replaced the oil in my 2004 Jeep Wrangler today - I thought I'd give synthetic oil a try because there was a "Mobile 1 oil and Bosch filter" deal at my local auto shop. Until now I have ...
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Where to pour oil into the engine (BMW E34)?

As the title says. Also, how to open the access point (if it non trivial). (It's an M50B25TU engine)
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Can I mix synthetic and mineral oils?

I cannot find out for sure if the oil that I'm using is synthetic or mineral. I have suspicions that it is mineral based on unreliable web sites, but the recommended oil for my car (Renault Megane MK1 ...