Hydrocarbon based petrochemical used to lubricate components of an internal combustion engine.

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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 ...
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Revs shooting up when accelerating in high gears

The other day my '03 Ford Fiesta suddenly failed in 4th gear when I changed from 3rd to 4th. My revs shot right up reaching roughly 5000 without any acceleration then after a few seconds the revs went ...
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Audi A4 (1998) extremely noisy when idle, occasional oil light

I have an Audi A4 1998 with over 200k miles. It gets extremely noisy when idle. It usually doesn't happen until it has been running for a while. Revving above 2000rpm can settle it and it isn't noisy ...
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Should oil be changed every 3000, or 5000 miles? [closed]

I've always heard that the oil in a car should be changed every 3000 miles, but I read the manufacturer's suggested maintenance guide, and it says to change it every 5000 miles. Which is correct, or ...
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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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accidentally placed oil in the coolant reservoir in a BMW 325i. How do I fix it and what is the cost?

I accidentally added oil to my coolant reservoir. I have a BMW 325i. The oil light came on and I figured my oil may be low. When the oil was added the oil light warning went off. However, the ...
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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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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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Oil dipstick with burnt oil on it

That's what my dipstick looks like. Note that it's dry on the picture, there's no oil on it. It has that brownish area which I can't scrape off. I have had the car for a short time and was changing ...
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Cannot Pull Oil Dipstick

Here's a simple, yet frustrating, problem. I cannot check my oil, because the dipstick is stuck fast to the tube. I don't really want to pull and twist so hard that it breaks off.
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Which provides better engine flushing, traditional flushing oil or adding a flush additive to old oil?

Background I think that my vehicle would probably benefit from having it's lubrication system being flushed out at it's next oil change. Checking prices of flushing oil at local suppliers I noticed ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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Washing shop clothes with lots of motor oil on them

What's the most effective way to wash your shop clothes that have lots of motor oil? I don't want to put it in the washer together with my regular dirty clothes to avoid spreading the oil onto them. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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1994 LT1 350 in a Caprice wagon. Oil getting pumped into the coolant and flowing past the coolant reservoir cap

The engine runs well and the transmission shifts well. The only indication was the oil gauge dropping at a stop light. I immediately put 3 quarts in. There was nothing visible at this time. When I ...
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Lots of oil in radiator, but no coolant in oil and oil is not low

Theres oil in the radiator and the overflow tank of my 2002 GMC Envoy. The oil is fine, and has no water in it. The SUV gets regular oil changes, and the oil presure is fine. Water temperature is ...
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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 ...
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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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Cleaning a Jerrycan

I have a couple of 10 Litre steel jerrycans which I used for draining kerosene (UN1223 28sec burning oil) from a tank. After disposing of the kerosene I left the open jerrycans upside down over some ...
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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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Semi synthetic oil engine break-in

I've finished rebuilding the engine of my motorcycle (4 stroke 650cc single-cylinder). For now it runned only once varying between 1000 and 2000 RPM for 5 minutes with a couple of short bursts after ...
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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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Blue-ish smoke coming out from the exhaust

I have a VW Golf mk4, 1.9 TDI from 2001 with 230.000+ km on board and for some time now I have blue smoke coming out of the exhaust. The problem aggravates when I'm stuck in traffic or when the ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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motorcycle oil for m50B25TU (BMW E34)?

I just bought an e34 from a friend and he said he uses liqui moly racing synth 10w-50 for the engine. My mechanic was quite surprised when I told him and said I shouldn't use that, instead use real ...
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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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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. ...
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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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How can I increase the life of my diesel engine when my car does lots of small trips?

What things can I do to increase the life of my diesel engine when I make lots of short trips in the car? My daily routine means that the trip to work goes via another destination which gives my ...
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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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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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What are the temperature ranges for different oil grades?

I was reading up on oil grades in wikipedia and was wondering what the operating temperatures are for the various oil grades. I'm wondering since the area I live in is a pretty Mediterranean climate ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Passat - Oil warning light on engine rev. Expensive fix?

looking to buy my first car, which is a daunting task for someone with little money and even less knowledge of motors. Seen this one on ebay, which ticks all my boxes but is cheap because: When ...
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High oil pressure after oil and filter change

I recently changed the engine oil and filter in my Westerbeke diesel. I gave it the usual (and specified) 4.5 quarts of SAE 30, specifically Chevron DELO. Now when it starts up it reads 80 psi of ...
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Causes for engine/oil gunk around bottom of engine bay

My 2007 Tacoma has a lot of engine/oil black gunk around the bottom of the engine bay (below the battery and that area). I'm talking about solid black. Could that be caused by a leaky oil pan gasket? ...
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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 ...