This tag should be used for anything related to the use of automotive engine oil, or in reference to other parts of the car that also require lubrication using oil.

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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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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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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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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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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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How does the change oil light system work and does it matter what type of oil you use for it to work properly?

I want to know if the methods a vehicle decides when to turn on the oil change light have to do with the qualities of the motor oil used in the last oil change. I have heard that the vehicle's ...
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How to understand different engine oils?

When I went to shop for engine oil, I found many types as such: 5W-30 A5 5W-30 A1 5W-20 SAE 5W-30 10W-30 Also I see other information such as: Fully Synthetic Semi Synthetic Oil Synthetic ...
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What differences between synthetic and dino oil?

What are the main differences between synthetic and dino oil, and is one always better than the other?
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How do I select the right oil for my car?

I can give you my cars make and model and the conditions that I drive in, but I'm looking for a general guide to selecting the right oil for a car. I'm not really knowledgable when it comes to cars so ...
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Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?

I put too much motor oil in my car's motor. About a quart - have I ruined my car? I've been driving it. I know I need to get the oil drained. But I'm worried that I've ruined my car which has been ...
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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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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 different brands of the same oil really make a difference?

I've found several other questions on here that answer, "what's different between synthetic oil and regular oil?" or "Can I use X oil in Y car?", or similar, but nothing that quite answers my ...
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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

If you use synthetic ester-based oil in a relatively new petrol engine, top it up regularly, and the engine runs very quietly and basically without any noise whatsoever (especially after another top ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 -- ...