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1998 Chevy Lumina won’t start, crank, or click

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina and recently I have had intermittent starting issues. My brother and I bought a new starter and put it in and it still wouldn’t start. After replacing the starter we’ve ...
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Oil gauge needle is at highest point

I have an 89 Mercedes 300 SE and recently the oil pressure needle has been stuck at the highest point when I accelerate. The values on the gauge are 0 to 3. When I take my foot off the gas the value ...
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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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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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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?
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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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Are More Recent API Oils always “Better”?

The API ( American Petroleum Institute ) provides certifications for engine oil. Such certifications range from SA for 1930's era vehicles up to the current standard SN. The above linked document ...
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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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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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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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Audi A6 2.4L 99 - randomly sets off brake warning lights, no abs, no rpm, no A/C

Randomly while driving or standing still I get a bunch of warning lights that come on, beep and blink. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes it will stay on for a few days of driving and turning ...
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High oil pressure in a marine engine

High oil pressure in my marine Perkins 4108 diesel showing 80 on the gauge, oil and filters recently changed, wiring checked and ok it runs an alternator to charge the batteries and when disconnected ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Where can I look to find what kind of oil I should use for my car

Right now I want to change the oil in my 2002 Kia Sedona but I have several cars and I'm never quite sure what kind of oil to use in them. What I'm really looking for is a link to a site that I can ...
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What can I do with used motor oil?

Besides recycling? I've heard, for example, that I can use it to lubricate the drive chain (in a motorcycle / bicycle), but that doesn't appeal to me.
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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 ...
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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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Do motor oil conditioners do anything, or are they just a marketing ploy?

It it worth using a motor oil conditioner? Do they actually help keep an engine running better, or are they just marketing ploys?
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Difference between “Hypoid” and “Limslip” oils

Recently I changed the oil in my vehicle's rear differential. The manual recommended the use of a "Hypoid" oil, but the guy at the auto parts store suggested a "Limslip" oil instead. I went along ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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, ...
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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 ...
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Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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Oil in coolant after gasket work 1995 Chevrolet Lumina

I had a coolant leak that turned out to be a bad gasket. Coolant was leaking into the motor. I had the gasket replaced, and was told to change the oil after a few hundred miles. When I did, it turned ...
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How to clean/dispose of oily/greasy shop rags?

I have some rags (as I'm sure we all do) that are covered in oil and other various fluids. Is it alright to wash these in a standard washing machine and then air dry them? Is there a specific ...
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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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What is the difference between a 2T oil and a 20-40 oil

I know a 2T oil is used in 2stroke bikes and its sometimes added with the fuel too. And a 20-40 oil also known as the engine oil is used to reduce the wear tear in the engine. I'm looking for a ...
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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) ...
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Change in engine oil color just after oil change

I have changed my new Swift VDI car engine oil at 19344kms. Just after the oil change at 19344reading means car is not run even 100 feets i checked the oil and i found it very black in color and it ...
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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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Having Trouble with my 2003 Ford Escape oil light and coolant light

I have a 2003 Ford Escape V6. I'd have to say a couple of months ago my oil light popped on (most of the time only when I hit the brakes), then it would kind of blink a lot until I was on the gas ...
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'92 Toyota Corolla with a oil leak

My 1992 Corolla is leaking oil when driving then pools while parked. Already checked the oil pan and no leak. Where else could it be coming from?
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Check Oil Light Stays on for 20+ Seconds When 2004 Trailblazer Starts

Lately, my 2004 Chevy Trailblazer has been displaying the "Chk Oil" light when the vehicle first starts up for more than 20 seconds - much longer than the normal dash light test. Then is turns off and ...
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1993 Ford Taurus 3.8

I have a 93 Ford Taurus. There is a lot of oil in the radiator, but no water in the oil. The oil was close to 3 quarts low. I've never seen where there was oil in the water, but no water in the oil. ...
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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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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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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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Massive oil drop in the course of a few days

A few days ago i posted a question about the dealer reporting some oil spillage/leakage but that it passed the mechanical test. I checked the oil level of the car from my 80 minute drive home and it ...
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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 ...
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Lower quality oil vs high quality oil [closed]

tl;dr Which is best? Buying high-quality, longer-lasting, but more expensive oils and changing oil less frequently or buying lower-quality oil but changing more frequently? As I'm trying to find my ...
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2004 Buick Ranier Oil Filter Location

Changing my oil right now, but can't seem to find the oil filter on my 2004 Buick Ranier V6. Any ideas? I don't have it up on stands
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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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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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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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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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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 ...