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

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how to clean up spilled oil?

I changed the oil in my pickup a couple months ago, and had about a quart of clean oil left in the container when I was done. I don't have a garage or other handy place to keep stuff like this, so I ...
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What causes an engine to burn oil?

What are the different problems that can cause an engine to burn oil and in general how difficult / expensive is each one to repair? How do you diagnose each potential cause? I found this article ...
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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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Why is this motorcycle burning oil, and how can I get it to stop?

I have a newbie question for you. I'm considering buying a 2004 Yamaha TTR600RE- a single-cylinder, air-cooled dirt-focused dual-sport bike. It's perfectly set up for adventure touring, which is what ...
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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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Oil level increase and in few days drops to nothing

I have an 01 mustang gt . Two days ago I checked the oil level in the dipstick when my car was warm and it was way above the maximum level . I parked it and checked it again today the oil level was ...
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What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?

I recently overfilled a 4 stroke lawnmower engine with oil. It has been run for about 1.5 hours while overfilled. It smokes a lot right after being started but after 30 seconds or so the smoke clears. ...
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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 A/C. The smell is similar when I open the oil filler cap or dipstick. Did hunt for oil leaks and solved ...
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What damages may I have caused draining oil by filter?

My ATV oil drain plug is an allen 6mm bolt. The bolt was all rusty, and what I expected to happen happened - I stripped it. Instead of wasting times trying to remove the stripped bolt I drained oil ...
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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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Vauxhall corsa diesel leaking oil

I was driving to work this morning & my engine oil warning light appeared on my dash. I assumed it needed a top up. When Parking up at work I noticed that oily black water was pouring out under ...
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Renault 1.4L 16v Oil Dipstick Location

I have a 2002 Renault Clio Mk2 with a 1.4L 16v engine, which I have owned for 6 months. There is a readout on the dash which indicates the oil level when you first turn on the ignition. My sensor is ...
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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 ...
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Quick Oil Change place overfilled my BMW Z3

Just got this car, a BMW Z3 3.0 from a Tampa dealer and have not even had it 10 days and Check Engine Light came on. I wanted to get the oil changed to full synthetic just in case it wasn't and ...
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Damage from the Brief No Oil Pressure after Oil Change on Start Up

I was taught to fill the oil filter most of the way when doing an oil change. Usually, by the time I put the oil filter back on, I'm pretty annoyed and just put the empty filter on. I do put a light ...
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Milky Oil in the radiator - Mazda 323

My vehicle has oil in the radiator and I have checked the head gasket matter fact I replaced it with a new one and there still is oil In the radiator may I ask what could be another reason for oil to ...
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How often to change oil change if vehicle gets under 1500 miles per year? [duplicate]

For non-synthetic oil, how long can you go without changing the oil if you regularly only use a vehicle a couple times per month, for 30 miles per drive? That's a total of only 1000-1500 miles/year, ...
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sludge in radiator after shaving head 2005 Hyyndai Elantra manual transmission

Recently had head shaved and replaced (about ten days ago) and am now seeing a creamy cocoa colored sludge in radiator but no water in oil. What could be the cause?
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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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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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Cleaning Oil Siphon Tube with Brake Cleaner? (Is brake cleaner oil-safe?)

I recently used some siphon tubing to remove some oil from my engine. This worked great until I realized I wasn't sure how I could clean the tube for reuse as I don't want to use a siphon tube that ...
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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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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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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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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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Second hand car - Engine/Tyres/Etc

I am looking into buying a second hand car from a reputable Mercedes-Benz dealer (not just some dodgy salesman by the side of a road lol....). Anyway, there are a few maintenance/mechanical things ...
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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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How to clean engine when oil is contaminated with metal shards?

During a recent oil change Istripped the oil pan bolt. It took a bit of trial and error for me to realize the stripped hole was a 14mm 1.25 thread so I got a tap and rethread it to 14mm 1.5 thread ...
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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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Oil pressure decresases when I step on the gas

I have a 1982 Mercedes W123 with a 2L gas engine. I have noticed some weirdness with the oil pressure and want to know if this is an indication of a problem. Let's say I am driving at 60km/h and the ...
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synthetic oil change frequency

2004 VW Jetta GLS: always using full synthetic oil (Castro Edge 5w30) how often should the oil be changed? Can't find my manual or info online.
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Do Compression Rings and Oil Ring Wear at the Same Rate?

Is it possible that the oil control rings might be worn to the point that you're burning significant amounts of oil, but the compression rings still be good? Or do they typically wear out together ...
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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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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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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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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. ...
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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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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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2003 Ford Escape

I have a 2003 ford Escape, and I am having to put 2-quarts of oil after every time after I fill my car up on the second fill up. I change my oil every 3000 miles, it doesn't leak oil, or smoke, why is ...
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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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Is it safe to reuse oil that was drained for a repair?

Let's say that I just replaced my engine oil but decided I want to lift the valve covers to do some gasket replacement. I know it may sound cheap but I'd rather not throw away $25 worth of almost new ...
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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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Nissan Micra oil leak

My Nissan Micra is a 51 usually a good runner however today after work on my way down the main road which is 60 my car would not gain speed. It would only reach 40 at a push. When I’ve arrived to my ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Yamaha FZS Ver- 2.0 Engine Seizure

I gave my bike (Yamaha FZS ver 2.0) to an authorized service center for it's first-time service. The mechanic didn't fit the drainbolt (which is under the engine) properly causing the engine oil to ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...