Questions regarding the engine lubrication system

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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I put too much oil in my car, the level has been corrected now but it's still smoking

I put two quarts of oil in my car, then it just started throwing out smoke almost immediately out of exhaust pipe. Drove it home less than a mile, my husband said i put too much oil. So he drained the ...
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...
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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 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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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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Do the Check Engine and Oil Pressure lights have any significance when the engine is off?

I should preface this by saying that I'm a relatively brand new driver, and I know next to nothing about cars. I've got a 2005 Chrysler Sebring, and I've noticed just today that when I put the ...
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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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Should oil be changed every 3000, or 5000 miles? [closed]

I've always heard that the oil in a car should be changed every 3000 miles, but I read the manufacturer's suggested maintenance guide, and it says to change it every 5000 miles. Which is correct, or ...
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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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Why aren't oil drain valves more commonly used?

An oil drain valve is a device that replaces your regular drain bolt and makes an oil change a much cleaner job. When it's time for an oil change, you simply attach a hose to the oil drain valve, open ...
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Is an “oil life indicator” a reliable indicator for when to change the oil?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot with 3600 miles on it. Historically I have always changed oil in my vehicles every 3000 miles, using good quality non-synthetic oil. Now this Honda has an "oil life ...
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Oil dipstick with burnt oil on it

That's what my dipstick looks like. Note that it's dry on the picture, there's no oil on it. It has that brownish area which I can't scrape off. I have had the car for a short time and was changing ...
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Cannot Pull Oil Dipstick

Here's a simple, yet frustrating, problem. I cannot check my oil, because the dipstick is stuck fast to the tube. I don't really want to pull and twist so hard that it breaks off.
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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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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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Oil in Radiator but not in the oil and no smoke or overheating…why and what does it mean?

I just bought a 2005 Nissan UD 245 series truck. It runs well, no smoke, no water in engine but when I open the radiator capp I found a fair bit of oil in the water. I flushed the radiator and filled ...
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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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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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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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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. ...