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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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Why is the oil pan plug not at the complete bottom of the system?

I've noticed on my Jeep TJ, and my mom's Prius that the screw plugging the oil pan is not at the absolute bottom of the oil pan, but offset. I know that the small amount of oil that gets trapped due ...
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Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period

I'm planning to get a new petrol (gasoline) car soon. A friend of mine, who worked as a motorbike mechanic when he was young, told me he puts a small quantity (125 ml / 4 oz) of 2 stroke oil in the ...
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How far can I drive with too much oil?

I have 2005 Nissan Sentra. The car tends to leak oil, so I check it about twice a month. I checked today and the oil was probably an inch above the full line, but I'm not sure why. I got the oil ...
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Vauxhall Astra diesel replacement clutch

Could someone let me know if a clutch and flywheel is changed on a Vauxhall Astra diesel do they change the gearbox oil as part of the job. Many thank
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2015 STI White smoke

My 2015 Subaru WRX Sti is emitting white smoke from the exhaust. The smoke smells like burning electronics. When I pull over and open up the hood, I also see white smoke in the engine bay. The smoke ...
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added too much oil [closed]

I added too much oil to my 97 civic lx, drove it about 30 miles. It started to overheat and antifreeze started to leak from somewhere. I drained the excess oil, which looked brown, and started it and ...
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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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Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?

I put too much motor oil in my car's motor. About a quart - have I ruined my car? I've been driving it. I know I need to get the oil drained. But I'm worried that I've ruined my car which has been ...
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Oil pressure warning light stays on longer after oil change in BMW 320d E46

I have changed the oil a couple of days ago, and I've noticed that the low oil pressure light stays on longer than normal. Normally, it goes out almost immediately (<1s) after starting the engine, ...
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My car doesn't leak oil but I have to tap it off every 500 miles

I am in a really weird situation. I have a BMW 325i(2002). I bought it second hand and I have been driving it for 5 years. Now, lately I have been having to tap my oil every 500 miles with 2 quarts. ...
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Do I really need to care if my car burns oil?

My car, a 97 Mazda 323, burns about a liter of oil per 1000 kilometers, mostly start and stop city driving. Sometimes I see a puff on start-up and sometimes I see smoke while accelerating, but it's ...
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What could cause Oil Pressure light flickering

We've had one of the coldest winters in Michigan lately. Usually my car (2001 Buick Regal) is a trooper in the cold weather, but the other day as I was leaving work, I noticed a blinking light on my ...
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Is starting idle RPM always lower in colder temperatures?

I've noticed that my 2008 Jetta 2.5L 5W40 generally starts up with an idle RPM of at most 1.2K RPM around the freezing temperature (say when the temp sensor reads 33°F), or even at just about 1K ...
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Ticking noise when accelerating

I have a Vauxhall Corsa "C" (2003)(EU) which is a standard 16v 1.2 petrol, the engine is chain driven and sits at 50k. I don't think it was well looked after (service wise) in previous lifes. ...
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What causes an engine to burn oil?

What are the different problems that can cause an engine to burn oil and in general how difficult / expensive is each one to repair? How do you diagnose each potential cause? I found this article ...
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2004 Subaru XT under powered and smoking after oil change

Over the weekend I traveled home and back: about 140mi each way. About half way there the engine light came on, and, realizing it had been about 4500 miles since my last oil change, I added oil to the ...
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Is it OK to mix oil of different viscosity?

I have a Mazda RX-8 (with a Wankel rotary engine). Mazda advises North American owners to use 5W-20 oil. The engine was just replaced 200 miles ago by the dealer so it currently has 5W-20 in it. ...
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Ticking/clicking when accelerating 1997 Dodge Caravan

My caravan began ticking when accelerating yesterday. It ticks fairly loudly when accelerating and much softer and slower when idle, or slowing down. Ticks slow and steady when idle or in park. Does ...
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Car still burning oil after replacing head gasket and rings; what's next?

I have a 1991 BMW e34 525i with 374,000 km which burns oil. I don't have any leaks, and I have little smoke when I go uphill and accelerate. I have replaced the cylinder head gasket set and the ...
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Oil Level Citroen C1

Hi I've got a Citroen C1 1.4HDI rythym. I think that the engine oil is filled too high. I checked the oil after letting the car heat up and having it on a level surface. I took it to a garage where ...
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03 Ford Escape V6 Oil/Coolant/check fuel cap lights

I just had my oil changed and had coolant put into my car a few days before Christmas. Also, bought a new fuel cap the same day. All of these lights are still on and I have no idea how to make them go ...
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can not get the oil plug out

I was going to change my oil on a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country van. When I loosen the plug it just keep turning and turning, and I can not get it out. So is it stripped out and if it is, how do I ...
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How could an oil drain plug fall out after 36 days and 2500 miles?

We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. After 36 days and 2500 miles driven, the oil drain plug fell out, resulting in severe engine damage. There was no oil leakage or any sign of ...
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How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?

I have way too much oil in my Acura TSX. Do I need to take care of it without turning it on or can I drive it to a service station? If I need to do it in place, I don't have the ramps or a pan or ...
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Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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Is it ok to use a different oil in my LPG Suzuki? [closed]

I have a Suzuki Liana 2002 with LPG system (lovato). I use this lubricant (which I was told to by the guy who installed my system) this is what I use Unfortunately it costs a lot. I saw there was ...
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Oil specification for my gasoline powered generator

Does an oil with an API Rating of SN (the most current) meet the standards of all proceeding ratings (SL/SJ in particular). The generator specifies "SL/SJ" but I'm having trouble finding it. Can I use ...
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Grinding sound during cold start?

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. Over the past several months, I've noticed a grinding sound immediately after cold-starting the engine. It only lasts for a fraction of a second, doesn't continue once ...
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MINI Cooper Oil Leak

I bought a 2007 MINI Cooper 8/27/14. On 9/9, as I drove to work, I noticed smoke coming from the back & front of the car. When I drove home late that night, the car was not smoking. After that ...
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Non LSD oil in a LSD

I recently changed all the oils in my land cruiser BJ40, including the rear differential which has a limited slip dif with apparently something called a power trax traction system. I put in normal ...
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Oil level is lower after a few hours' cool down than immediately after driving

After I shut off my engine and check the oil, it is over the full mark on my dip stick. When I leave the engine to cool down about 5 hours, the oil level is below the full mark on the dip stick. This ...
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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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Burnt oil smell when revving engine

When accelerating hard and revving engine around 2000-4000 rpm I smell burnt oil smell from my aircon. The smell is similar when I open the oil filler cap or dipstick. Did hunt for oil leaks and ...
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Oil in coolant - how much trouble am I in?

I have oil in my coolant reservoir. Could it just be the head gasket or is it almost certainly the entire engine or might it be something else entirely? Thanks in advance...
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Renault 1.4L 16v Oil Dipstick Location

I have a 2002 Renault Clio Mk2 with a 1.4L 16v engine, which I have owned for 6 months. There is a readout on the dash which indicates the oil level when you first turn on the ignition. My sensor is ...
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Is an “oil life indicator” a reliable indicator for when to change the oil?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot with 3600 miles on it. Historically I have always changed oil in my vehicles every 3000 miles, using good quality non-synthetic oil. Now this Honda has an "oil life ...
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what engine oil does a 1992 subaru liberty auto stationwagon need? Answers in “w” units please

what engine oil does a 1992 subaru liberty auto stationwagon need? Answers in "w" units please i need to add oil and I cannot find a good reference as to what to use - the oil at the garages are 20 ...
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Huge oil leak but plug still there

Just had an issue with my 2008 4runner. The engine light came on, and so I pulled over and checked the oil level. It seemed to not have any, so I added a quart. I looked under the car and saw that ...
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Should you put thicker oil in an older vehicle?

I use 5W30 for my 2007 Toyota Tacoma, which has about 120K mi. Someone told me that I should put 10W30 because the vehicle is "not very new". Is that a good approach? I've never had problems with ...
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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 when parked on steep incline

The other day I parked my car, and came back a couple of hours later to see a massive oil puddle under my 1994 Corolla. This was the only time I had ever noticed that much of a leak, and I realized it ...
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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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Oil burning smell and slow oil leak

I am wondering what types of issues I am most likely looking at with this; My 2003 Ford Escape (V6) has an increasingly pronounced burnt oil smell that has developed slowly over a year or so, coupled ...
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What are the effects of using HD-30 in a car which takes 5W-30?

I recently changed my oil, and I didn't have quite enough oil to top it off so I used HD-30 oil for my last .7 out of 4 quarts total. My car normally takes 5W-30 and after a little research I figured ...
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Old Cars Burning Oil: How much is too much?

I've heard that it's "normal" for older cars to burn a certain amount of oil and that it's not really a problem. My question is how much is too much? At what threshold does burning oil become a ...
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Motorcycle stalls shortly after starting

I have a BMW 2008 F 800 st and the oil looks watery. It stops pretty frequently after riding it around the block. When it stalls, after some hesitation, it will start again. I need an unbiased answer ...
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What are the reasons to mix oil & coolant?

Frontal impact vehicle is there fan motor touches the oil cooler,oil cooler slight impact is there, in coolant tank oil and coolant mixed, what are the reasons to mix the coolant and oil in this ...
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Oil in coolant

I just bought my car from a owner I noticed there was oil or what looks like oil in the coolant there is no coolant in oil and car doesn't over heat. It's a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am with 230,000 miles ...
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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil

The other time I asked my mechanic, are my tyres about needing to be changed? He said, naw, another 8000 miles. After driving 7000 miles, I asked another mechanic who again said, long way to go. ...