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Can low gear oil cause a syncronizer not to work?

I've been having a problem for a while on my MTX Nissan Almera with only being able to engage fifth gear at specific speeds, around 68-72 km/h. I recently noticed while changing an inner tie rod dust ...
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Does R-134A refrigerant normally have oil (liquid at room temperature) in it?

Upon [legally] releasing some pressure from a car's (model year 2000) over-charged AC refrigerant loop that uses R-134A refrigerant, some of the released fluid surprisingly stayed liquid at room ...
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Checking oil on a newly-aquired used motorbike

I've recently bought a used motorbike and am unsure of how to gauge the age/condition of its oil: Neither did I fill the oil in the first place (so I don't know what colour it used to be) nor have I ...
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Is it safe to run a car with the oil level above max?

I drive an opel/vauxhall insignia. Often when i come to check the oil i find the oil level is above the max rating, I believe the oil level is also somehow raising (possible diesel slipping past the ...
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What do the numbers on motor oil specifications mean?

What do the numbers and letters in a motor oil specification mean? For example: 0w-30 5w-40 10w-20 Which values are better? Also, sometimes there are additional letters and numbers ...
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Is it OK to mix oil of different viscosity in a Wankel engine?

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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Excess oil in car engine [duplicate]

Mechanic changd the oil filter forgot to drain the old oil and continued to add the new oil So basically the engine has double the capacity of oil Will this caise damage to the engine
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2011 Jeep Liberty ran without oil, did this cause my engine to blow?

I have a 2011 Jeep Liberty and the oil pan rusted out and it was driven for a while without oil. The oil pan was fixed a couple days later. This happened in April 2014, in Oct 2014 the engine started ...
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Is a greasy exterior a sign of bad maintenance?

All car's I've had (second hand and between 15-30 years old) have always had a greasy veil over engine components. I understand moving components need to be lubricated but this gives off the ...
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A quart to much oil in my Toyota 4 runner 2001 [duplicate]

I put a quart to much oil in my Toyota 4 runner 2001. Then I went for a road trip! I noticed oil coming out the back of my car! And now I am hearing a noise! Ut oh!! Did I ruin my engine?
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Oil burning: differenciate between bad valve seals or piston rings

My Toyota Vitz 2007 burns engine oil. I replaced the PCV valve but it didn't help. As per the answer to my previous question, this could be either due to bad piston rings or bad valve seals. What ...
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Safe Vehicle Operating Temperature while towing

I have a F-350 Dually that is capable of towing 16,000lbs. I regularly pull 14-15K lbs. I have a programmer that gives me a digital display of both my EOT and my ECT. What would you say is the ...
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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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TVS Apache RTR 160 - What Grade Engine Oil Should I Use?

I bought a TVS Apache RTR 160 second hand. I want to know what grade engine oil should i use for my bike. I was suggested to use 15W50. Is that a good choice. The bike has done almost 65000Kms.
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Oil low - incorrect oil already in. Stick with the wrong type or add correct type? [duplicate]

Vehicle: 2004 Mini Cooper (1598cc Petrol, 3-door hatchback) (United Kingdom). My knowledge-level: Low. Background: My oil level is below 'minimum'. I suspect a leak and have booked it into the ...
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How can an oil plug just fall out after three months and 3,000 miles and the car has just 35,000 miles on it, 2014 Ford Escape

We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. After nearly 3 months and 3,000 miles driven, the oil drain plug fell out, resulting in blowing up the entire engine. There was no oil leakage or ...
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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil

The other time I asked my mechanic, are my tires 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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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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Excessively over filled motor oil. Ran for a few seconds until smoke came out. Now my car won't start

So last night me and a friend changed the oil on my 2005 Chevy aveo. The only problem was that what we were draining was the transmission fluid and long story short we ended up adding about 6 litres ...
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High oil warning in Mercedes B class diesel

I have a Mercedes B class diesel 2010. I have had it since August 2015 from a dealer who serviced it, and everything is running fine. I have noticed a warning saying drop oil level, so I measured the ...
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Fixing a gasket oil/transmission fluid leak with epoxy glue - possible reaction with oil?

I'm in Sierra Leone where mechanics have an impressive flair for improvising with limited resources, but a lack of formal training and a cavalier attitude to long term safety. I've had a transmission ...
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How to test if oil is leaking into combustion chambers?

How can I test whether oil is leaking into cylinder combustion chambers and getting burnt in case of oil level loss? As opposed to, for example, leaking through the oil pan or the timing chain cover.
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Is it worth switching to full synthetic or blend oil in my older car/truck?

I have a older (enter vehicle here) that has 100k miles on it. Would I see any benefit switching to full synthetic or synthentic blend oil? Is it worth the extra cost in an older vehicle? For ...
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2006 Ford Fusion - High Oil Consumption

My 2006 Ford Fusion (4 cylinder, manual transmission) is using a lot of oil. 1 qt every 300 miles. No smoke, no oil spots under the car on the garage floor. Where could the oil be going?
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Does Vaseline dissolve rubber?

Recently, someone suggested that I apply some vaseline to an O-ring connection to see if I can find a leak. I've read that oil-based lubricants, especially vaseline, can desolve rubber. It seems like ...
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Why has my car burnt through all the oil?

I have recently run in to trouble with my Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 2013. I broke down the other day after a huge cloud of white smoke out the exhaust followed by a severe loss of power. The AA came had a ...
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Does the oil level in my Pulsar 220 FI change the engine sound?

I own a 2009 Pulsar 220 FI. When the engine is cold, the sound of the engine is pleasant. But when I run a few kilometers, the sound becomes harsh. I read that when engine oil gets hot the oil flows ...
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How do I remove oil sludge from an installed engine?

What's the preferred, non-chemical/non-additive method for removing oil sludge from an engine that's still installed in the vehicle? I'll have the head and oil pan removed. How do I clean out the ...
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Motor blown after first oil change of the season after sitting all winter

My teenage son bought himself a D105 tractor several years ago. After the winter, he pushed it onto our driveway, and we completed an oil change and lube. Afterwards, he started up the tractor, drove ...
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I've got oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil - Ford Triton V10 Motorhome

I have a Triton v10 engine in my vehicle I have oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil. What could be the problem?
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My 05 F150 engine knocking

Drove it - reached destination and started knocking - NO oil on dipstick. Put in 5 quarts of oil - ran fine until reached next destination - started knocking again - oil was present this time - drove ...
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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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Why do modern vehicles omit a temperature gauge?

I'm more specifically interested in performance vehicles. My current car has gauges for coolant temperature, oil temperature and oil pressure. The coolant temperature gauge is there so you can tell ...
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I drove my car with the dipstick left out, did I do any damage?

Please guide me. I went for a regular check up of my new Celerio gasoline driven car. The Maruti Workshop mechanic made a mistake. He left the dipstick out after he checked my oil. I figured it out ...
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What are the benefits of a dry sump?

I've heard references to dry sumps, usually in reference to racing engines. But more recently I came across an article about a 'supercar' which stated that it had a dry sump. What are the benefits of ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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Effects of sunlight on engine oil

I have a 5 litre bottle of oil out back that I was going to top my car up with when I realised it's been out on the sun for about a month, the bottle is opaque and does not let sunlight through (apart ...
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Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?

After working on my car, I didn't bother to reattached the line from the pcv valve into the air intake before testing the motor. It ran normally. This made me question whether I need to even return it ...
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Can engine oil type cause a car to overheat?

I own a Peugeot 405. At first I was using 20w-50 engine oils but The last time I went for changing the engine oil I used 10w-40. After that The engine temperature rises constantly and (even when it's ...
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Oil leak: any idea of the likely source?

The oil leak is slow and builds up after time. Seems to get worse if driving over 70mph. Car is ford fiesta 1.4 tdci. The picture where i've highlighted red circle - the oil seems to build up here, ...
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Electric Oil pump

Modern cars have lots of electric stuff like fans etc.The oil pump does not need to much energy to spin so making it electric would not be a nightmare on a car with an orthodox electrical system .The ...
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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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Citroen C3 Picasso HDI 1.6 - Oil Consumption Question

I just bought a 1.6 HDI Picasso C3. After driving 1000 km i noticed it consumed about 1/8 of oil on the oil measuring stick. my question is how much liters does the stick measure? is half a stick ...
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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 ...