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How do hybrid's with all-electric mode typically handle oil changes?

So, I'm researching getting a Ford C-Max Energi. It fits well with my commute range (approximately 20 miles a day). I understand that after the battery is depleted, a conventional motor kicks on and ...
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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 ...
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Change in engine oil colour immediately after oil change

I changed the engine oil of my Suzuki Swift VDI at 19,344kms (12020 miles) The car didn't even run 100 feet (about 30m) before I checked the oil again, and it was very black in color and had poor ...
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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 ...
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I have engine oil in my coolant. What might be the reason?

I have purchased a pre-owned car. After the purchase I saw there was engine oil in the coolant reservoir and also the coolant level is going down slightly. Engine is not heating up. What do I do? ...
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Does synthetic oil expire?

I just bought a bottle of Castrol Edge oil for topping up. The oil is advertised as being 'Fully synthetic', I don't really know what that means but it was produced sometime in 2012. That seems like ...
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Audi A3 2001 1.9 TDI ASV - which motor oil to use?

Which oil I should use? I have no reference guide in which I could tell what kind of oil to use. I live in Slovenia where lowest temperature is around -15°C and the highest at around 40°C. The thing I ...
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Civic R18A2 oil consumption

Looks like my Civic burned or lost 2L of oil in the past 6 months, I think that is excessive. At previous oil change garage mechanics advised me to use 5w30 viscosity oil because 0w30 is too thin. I ...
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Low water pressure and oil pressure at the same time [closed]

I have a 98 Camaro and I would like to know what's going on with my car. It is currently experiencing of loss of water pressure and oil pressure at the same time, and then it starts knocking as if its ...
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Oil in my coolant & no longer in my oil pan?

I have a 96 mustang GT with a 4.6 ltr V8, the car has not been severely overheated, but did overheat once a few months prior to this issue when the heater hose fitting popped out of the Carbon Fiber (...
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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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How do I troubleshoot the source of oil in my coolant?

I would like to know the step by step troubleshooting procedure for discovering the source of oil appearing in coolant. There are several different points of failure that can be the root cause for ...
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OIL ON MY ALTERNATOR

My 1996 XH Ford GLI LONREACH UTE with a 4.0 Tickford motor 5 sp man, had a oil leak (oil leak fixed! and I was quite proud of myself) from the rocker cover gasket, resulting in enough oil that would ...
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Do air filters purifty air better with age?

I have been reading in a few places that air filters get better with age, is this true? And how much better? Would it have any effect on quality of the oil or make oil dirty faster? Or is there ...
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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 ...
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Changing motorcycle oil

How do I change the oil on my motorcycle? I can see where to check the level, but how do I drain it? It's a Honda CB400 2011 model
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Oil leakage or normal engine procedures

It was raining yesterday and I noticed the typical rainbow colouring of some of the water around my car. Couldn't tell there and then if it was a car body fluid leak or just the water going trough the ...
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Running thick oil in a small engine

Recently, my sled ran out of oil (it started to leak) and it locked up. I managed to get it started again, but barely. I had no thin oil and I had to use some 10w40 heavy oil. I didn't put in too much ...
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Effects of loss of oil pressure after oil change [closed]

I'm curious some people say change oil every 3k miles, 6k, 10k and some even every 20k. What seams best for the engine and give the best protection would be the shortest interval 3k however I ...
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Okay to add new oil to old?

Title pretty much explains, I change my oil every 4-6k miles depending on how generous I’m feeling, however will the oil dirty oil that’s already in the sump mix with the clean oil when topping up? ...
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Overfilling the oil level [duplicate]

I recently had my oil changed on my 2004 Buick Century. Does overfilling the oil level harm the engine?
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Car stored for 6 months shows low oil level after 300 miles

Just bought a car from a BMW dealer and the guy told me it was sitting for almost 6 months before I came to purchase it. When I left the dealership the oil was above the min mark showing green. Drove ...
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use SAE80W/90 instead of EP90 [duplicate]

Can I always use SAE80W/90 API GL5 instead of EP90 for my good old Masport lawn mower's gears? I can't get EP90, which the manual asks for, anymore. http://www.supercheapauto.co.nz/online-store/...
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What kind of engine oil should one use in a diesel?

I got an 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser with a 2H diesel engine. I never changed oil on a diesel engine prior to this truck, so I'm a little confused. Toyota Factory Shop Manual recommend API CC oil type, ...
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How does low oil level cause misfires or VTEC malfunctions?

So a few days ago my 2003 Honda Civic EX started misfiring while accelerating, especially with the A/C turned on, making popping noises, and then yesterday got a P1259 "VTEC system malfunction code". ...
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What oil should I use for Hyundai Sonata 2004?

What oil should I use for this car? How do I know when I should change the oil for my car?
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Will having a radiator full of engine oil do damage to the motor?

I've got one question; I was looking over this car that I was going to buy and there was engine oil in the radiator. I asked the guys why it was in there and he said he didn't have enough coolant to ...
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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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What exactly is meant by the phrase “plugging in your engine”?

I have found a relevant quote from here that might be related: Plugged-in engines are already half-warmed when started. Fuel consumption is thus reduced by an average of 15 per cent over the first ...
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Engine oil change and getting rid of old oil completely

After running the vehicle for a certain distance usually we will change the engine oil. This will not only give engine new life with the brand new oil but will also get sludge and other sediments out ...
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Volkswagen Golf MK4 - Oil temperature sensor coding out

I have a Volkswagen Golf MK4 TDI 85kw (AJM). After driving for a while and stopping, when I turn the ignition on I get an "Oil sensor workshop" message. After connecting VCDS I got this fault: ...
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Cadillac CTS 2007 3.6 oil consumption

3 months ago I bought Cadillac CTS 2007 3.6 with 31k miles, next day I went to local garage and changed the oil, filters, etc. I have driven 7k miles since and when driving last week car started ...
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Toyota corolla verso 1.794 petrol vvt-1-t2 [closed]

Recently Purchased Vehicle @milage 81.075 in the past vehicle has consumed 5.25 Litres of oil a full oil composition test was carried by my Garage. They also advise it is an uneconomical repair it has ...
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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 actually happens when there is not enough oil in a car engine?

When a car is topped up with oil, it clear to most people that you are supposed to fill it to the recommended amount as specified by the manufacturer (normally on a dip stick). What exactly are all ...
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Are there any vehicle engines that don't have a mechanical oil pump?

I my answer to How to move car a small distance without tow dolly I suggested putting a manual transmission vehicle in 3rd gear while towing with a rope or strap to apply back pressure and help keep ...
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What are all the different types of fluid in a car and a short summary of their use?

A fluid is defined as anything that flows, hence for our purposes a gas or a liquid. I know that there is fuel, engine oil, engine coolant and brake fluid. Also air is normally taken in through a ...
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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
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What actually happens when there is way too much oil in a car engine?

I saw the answers to a question I posted recently highlighting the disadvantages of having too little oil in an engine, but that got me wondering what if the complete opposite were to occur! I know ...
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Additives in Engine Oil

As engine oil is been used in the engine, it gets aged and therefore oligomers are formed. Is there a way that we can separate these oligomers without affecting the additives in the oil???
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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 station wagon 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 ...
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Engine consuming oil and white smoke comes out when starting the engine while cold

my car has been consuming oil for a while now but only recently has started to smoke when it is started while the engine is cold. I thought that maybe because I am using a synthetic oil in a high ...
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High / fluctuating oil pressure causes?

My girlfriend has a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSE (3.8L GM 3800-II, non-supercharged). It ran low on coolant a few weeks ago, and started to overheat. I refilled with coolant, but the next time I was in ...
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What exactly is meant by “engine coolant”?

I know that engine coolant is a fluid in the engine used to dissipate heat spots and keep the engine cool in general as the moving parts generate heat. In this context, I would call the oil an "engine ...
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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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How exactly does an increase in engine temperature cause a car to breakdown?

I have an engine temperature gauge on the dashboard of my car (as most people do), but if for some reason the engine temperature is caused to increase (due to a lack of cooling or what have you), the ...
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1998 Plymouth Voyager

The oil pressure cluster light is coming on and the chime sound as well,the oil level seems fine. Wondering what the problem may be? The 1998 voyager has 138,000 miles and next oil change is not due ...
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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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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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Running in oil a for light diesel engine japanese, Toyta 3L?

What would you use as a running in oil for this engine? I have this engine, and it has just been reconditioned, new pistons, conrods, crank and bearings.