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

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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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Do I have an oil leak if I have to add oil?

I don't change the oil all that often (maybe every 8000 miles) and on my 10 year old car the oil light comes on and I need to add a quart or two (and then I start thinking I practically changed the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I know if the right oil has been added to the vehicle?

Considering that the car recommend Mobil 1 Synthetic oil as per the logo on the oil cap, how can I be sure that the garage that did the oil change poured the recommended oil and not another low cost ...
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Will I be okay running thinner oil with a minor oil leak on an older car?

Recently when I had some work done I was shown a minor leak, I believe he told me it was the oil pan. It doesn't drip out onto the ground, but if you look closely you can see condensed oil drops on ...
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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 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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Oil pressure question

I am driving a 1995 Bonneville and, lately, whenever I am idle, at a stoplight for example, my oil pressure drops and my check engine light comes on. Any ideas on why this could be happening?
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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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Engine-wise, how damaging is oil burning?

Assuming that an engine always has enough oil to be lubricated properly but burns quite a bit of oil, can it cause any damage in long-term because it doesn't belong to the combustion chamber? I have ...
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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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What kind of engine oil to run a Diesel?

I got an 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser with a 2H diesel engine. I never changed oil on a diesel engine prior to this truck, so I'm a little confused. Toyota Factory Shop Manual recommend API CC oil type, ...
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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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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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Oil leak when parked on steep incline

The other day I parked my car, and came back a couple of hours later to see a massive oil puddle under my 1994 Corolla. This was the only time I had ever noticed that much of a leak, and I realized it ...
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Grinding sound during cold start?

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. Over the past several months, I've noticed a grinding sound immediately after cold-starting the engine. It only lasts for a fraction of a second, doesn't continue once ...
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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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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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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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Synthetic Oil and oil change frequency

My car (a 2008 Scion tC) says to have its oil changed every 5K miles or 5 months. I just took a new job and commute into the city by bus so I'm driving a whole lot less. I was told that if I got full ...
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Ticking noise when accelerating

I have a Vauxhall Corsa "C" (2003)(EU) which is a standard 16v 1.2 petrol, the engine is chain driven and sits at 50k. I don't think it was well looked after (service wise) in previous lifes. ...
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Are there different kinds of 10W-40 oil?

I was given a used riding mower as a gift, and the other day I started to do some of the yearly maintenance as recommended by the owner's manual. When I got to the part about changing the oil, I saw ...
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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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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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Which oil grade and kind should I use on a sport car that does amateur drag?

The car is a Dodge Neon SRT-4 with about 81,000 miles that is used for amateur occasional drag. What grade and type of oil would be the best to improve my performance while still preserving the ...
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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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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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oil leaks when driving, not while parked

My wife has a 2004 Mazda 6, 2.3 liter 4 cylinder. When the car is parked, oil doesn't pool underneath. After driving for about an hour, we need to add about 1-3 quarts. With this issue, where could ...
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Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?

The owner's manual to my VW Golf Mk7 states With the engine at operating temperature, park the vehicle on a level surface to ensure that the engine oil reading is correct. Why is it important ...
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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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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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2015 STI White smoke

My 2015 Subaru WRX Sti is emitting white smoke from the exhaust. The smoke smells like burning electronics. When I pull over and open up the hood, I also see white smoke in the engine bay. The smoke ...
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My car doesn't leak oil but I have to tap it off every 500 miles

I am in a really weird situation. I have a BMW 325i(2002). I bought it second hand and I have been driving it for 5 years. Now, lately I have been having to tap my oil every 500 miles with 2 quarts. ...
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Oil leak - just keep refilling?

I have a 1995 Honda Accord with over 170k miles on it. I have the oil changed regularly every 3000 miles. My mechanic noticed the oil levels were pretty low at each oil change and took a deeper look. ...
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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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How far can I drive with too much oil?

I have 2005 Nissan Sentra. The car tends to leak oil, so I check it about twice a month. I checked today and the oil was probably an inch above the full line, but I'm not sure why. I got the oil ...
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C Grade engine oil in petrol / gas engine

I recently bought some Castrol Magnatec oil that is rated C-3, instead of A. The car requires API SG or higher. Looking at the Castrol site, I can use the C-3 oil as it is rated SN, even though C ...
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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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Where on the Jeep Wrangler TJ can I tap into the oil line?

I would like to install a By-Pass filter on my Jeep TJ (2004). Where can I put the other end of the tube going into the filter? I have included a diagram illustrating what I am looking for (where ...
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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 ...