Questions regarding the engine lubrication system

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
2answers
15k views

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...
1
vote
3answers
16 views

Hydrostatic transmission oil confusion

I have a John Deere LX176 lawn tractor and am confused about its hydrostatic transmission oil. The manual states that the hydrostatic transmission oil should be "SAE 10w30 engine oil with API ...
4
votes
3answers
36 views

C Grade engine oil in petrol / gas engine

I recently bought some Castrol Magnatec oil that is rated C-3, instead of A. The car requires API SG or higher. Looking at the Castrol site, I can use the C-3 oil as it is rated SN, even though C ...
1
vote
1answer
14 views

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
2
votes
2answers
120 views

Can I use EP 80W/90 oil instead of EP90 oil?

I have a Belle MiniMix 150 110V Electric Cement Mixer the documentation says to use a EP90 oil in the gear box, but these days it seems that most outlets only sells EP80/90 oil. What is the ...
6
votes
2answers
72k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
580 views

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, ...
3
votes
1answer
166 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
98 views

Oil leaking from spark plug socket

I have oil leaking from a spark plug socket on my 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck. Before you ask, it's swapped with the 1.6 gas motor instead of the 1.6 diesel. The oil leak appears to only be ...
10
votes
3answers
3k views

What differences between synthetic and dino oil?

What are the main differences between synthetic and dino oil, and is one always better than the other?
1
vote
3answers
47 views

What to do when antifreeze is in the oil casing

My son accidently poured some antifreeze into the place where the oil goes now the car runs with ticking when its idle
1
vote
2answers
36 views

Can camshaft seal leaking hurt timing belt and cause sudden engine breakdown while driving? - Volvo XC90

Volvo service told me that the camshaft seal of my Volvo XC90 needs to be replaced for $1000. I see no oil on the timing belt, its dry. It just has some black dust. If there is real leak, can it ...
2
votes
2answers
44 views

1999 Toyota Corona burning through oil in a week

I have a 1999 Toyota Corona with a D4 engine. The engine is giving me trouble and seems to be burning all the oil. It burnt through in about a week (after topping it up completely), and I say burn ...
3
votes
3answers
538 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
4k views

Is it normal for the oil to be dark in color right after an “oil change” in a 10-year old diesel car?

I took my 2002 Jetta TDI wagon to a neighborhood shop about 10 miles, 24 hours ago. They supposedly changed the oil, but the color is very dark, almost black. Definitely not light-colored/transparent. ...
4
votes
2answers
605 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
153 views

Are Oil Puddles in Cylinder Head Normal?

Changing spark plugs and one well was full of oil. I took off the valve cover to replace the gasket and noticed that there was quite a bit of oil puddled in the cylinder head. Is this normal or could ...
1
vote
2answers
94 views

Why is there no explosion risk while there is a gasoil pre-pump immersed in the fuel tank?

Attached is the picture of a BMW 318 TDS Gasoil Prepump. That prepump is literally inside the sealed fuel tank. And it contains a small electrical motor, in which 12V of electricity is sent, mainly ...
2
votes
1answer
30 views

Oil cap has come off and oil has spilled after adding oil

I've opened the bonnet to discover that the oil cap is off, and oil is all over everything. How can I get it cleaned up, and what damage will it have caused, if any?
3
votes
2answers
32 views

Oil leak should have changed oil not added

I have a Vauxhall antara and the warning light came on for what I thought was low oil so I refilled and checked dip stick and all was fine. I have now noticed oil leaking from my car and on further ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

Oil Says Empty, Dipstick clean, but just changed it all?! 1998 Merc Benz ML320

Had an issue come up yesterday where my Truck (1998 Mercedes Benz ML320) just suddenly said no oil and then started pinging a little then cut off. I threw a quart in ( i always keep one in the truck) ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Do I need to add oil after A/C evacuation without replacing any parts?

My 1999 Suburban's A/C started to lose its cooling capacity last fall. In late fall it stopped cooling completely (there was a mechanic involved with other parts of the vehicle at the time). This ...
2
votes
4answers
230 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
42 views

Oil in Radiator but not in the oil and no smoke or overheating…why and what does it mean?

I just bought a 2005 Nissan UD 245 series truck. It runs well, no smoke, no water in engine but when I open the radiator capp I found a fair bit of oil in the water. I flushed the radiator and filled ...
3
votes
2answers
9k views

Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about ...
1
vote
2answers
25 views

Sealing two stainless steel cylinders

I have 2 stainless steel cylinders (very thin) that I want to fit together. One has a diameter of 10cm and the other a bit more (around 11cm). I was thinking of sealing them together with an O-ring, ...
11
votes
4answers
5k views

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. ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
66 views

15k mile oil filter

I have been using M1 in my jeep since I bought it with 22k miles on it. I now have 31k and i am thinking about getting M1 Extended Performance which is supposed to last 15k miles between oil changes. ...
3
votes
1answer
121 views

Engine-wise, how damaging is oil burning?

Assuming that an engine always has enough oil to be lubricated properly but burns quite a bit of oil, can it cause any damage in long-term because it doesn't belong to the combustion chamber? I have ...
5
votes
2answers
423 views

Do different brands of the same oil really make a difference?

I've found several other questions on here that answer, "what's different between synthetic oil and regular oil?" or "Can I use X oil in Y car?", or similar, but nothing that quite answers my ...
2
votes
3answers
148 views

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. ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Does non-synthetic 10w30 motor oil contain sulphur?

I ask this question as I plan on using 10W30 motor oil in my Jeep's manual transmission and need no sulphur added to the oil so that it is "yellow metal safe". I'm not looking to start a discussion ...
3
votes
3answers
85 views

Do the Check Engine and Oil Pressure lights have any significance when the engine is off?

I should preface this by saying that I'm a relatively brand new driver, and I know next to nothing about cars. I've got a 2005 Chrysler Sebring, and I've noticed just today that when I put the ...
3
votes
2answers
569 views

Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?

The owner's manual to my VW Golf Mk7 states With the engine at operating temperature, park the vehicle on a level surface to ensure that the engine oil reading is correct. Why is it important ...
3
votes
1answer
113 views

Slight dent in motorcycle oil filter: bad for flow?

I replaced my motorcycles oil filter the other day and accidentally dented the outside casing of the new one putting it on. I know its probably nothing, but would this impact the flow of oil through ...
3
votes
1answer
64 views

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 ...
7
votes
5answers
214 views

How can I know if the right oil has been added to the vehicle?

Considering that the car recommend Mobil 1 Synthetic oil as per the logo on the oil cap, how can I be sure that the garage that did the oil change poured the recommended oil and not another low cost ...
3
votes
2answers
871 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
129 views

Whining noise from valve cover region, Nissan Primera P11 1999

Recently I've been hearing a whining noise from the engine bay. After checking, it seems to come from the valve cover. I've checked the motor oil; level seems ok although the oil is black but not ...
2
votes
1answer
262 views

2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe

I have a Honda Civic 2003 gx 1.7 liter vTec stick shift 4 cylinder. Just today I had to put oil in my car. Drove for about 5 minutes got to a light and when I shifted into first gear a white cloud of ...
20
votes
4answers
15k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
570 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
81 views

Where on the Jeep Wrangler TJ can I tap into the oil line?

I would like to install a By-Pass filter on my Jeep TJ (2004). Where can I put the other end of the tube going into the filter? I have included a diagram illustrating what I am looking for (where ...
1
vote
1answer
135 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
299 views

Oil pressure question

I am driving a 1995 Bonneville and, lately, whenever I am idle, at a stoplight for example, my oil pressure drops and my check engine light comes on. Any ideas on why this could be happening?
2
votes
2answers
114 views

Rounded Oil Drain Plug Dodge RAM

I am changing the oil on a 07 Dodge Ram 1500 with a manual transmission. First surprise was the filter that required a wrench to take off. Second is the oil drain bolt is skipping a lot, I can't get ...
2
votes
2answers
321 views

Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss

The most recent update is at the bottom. This looks interesting. The Smoke I'm confident the smoke is from burning oil. It's slightly blue, absolutely not white. If the engine is warm and I am ...
1
vote
1answer
528 views

At what level does low oil prevent vtec from working?

Just got my first vtec honda and vtec isn't kicking In and before I take it to my mechanic to see what it is I'm curious to know how low the oil has to be to effect the vtec. My oil level is just in ...