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Engine oil does much more for an engine than lubricate. It provides cooling, cleaning, and a bunch of other chores. You already know engine function is degraded when you run out of oil. Let's see if we can run it down to make more sense for you how it happens. Let's say, for lack of argument, your engine is running with very little to no oil. The engine ...


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The point of servicing any vehicle is to replace consumables that have a limited lifetime: oils (usually engine oil, but there could be other) filters spark plugs brake pads (very important!) miscellaneous (depending on vehicle it could be: timing belt, gaskets, hoses, cables) Apart from these there are other parts that are not necessarily part of the ...


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tl dr: To improve the useful life of your vehicle. While vehicles seem to be lasting longer, there still isn't a perfect machine out there: they all need maintenance of some sort or another if you expect them to live a long and healthy life. There are three major purposes to having your vehicle serviced: Longevity: If you want to get the most out of ...


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In most engines, when you fill the oil, it drains into a reservoir on the bottom of the engine known as the oil pan. The tube for the dipstick goes right down into this reservoir to measure the level of the oil. The other important item located in this reservoir is the pick-up tube for the oil pump. As long as the pick-up tube for the pump stays under the ...


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The UK annual vehicle test (the MOT) is purely to verify that the vehicle is safe to run on the roads and is not going to cause an accident or extra damage... so the tyres have tread / the brakes and steering function to an acceptable level / the engine does not produce excessive amounts of emissions / the windows can be seen through / there are no sharp ...


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Clearly servicing an engine will allow it to do a lot more miles before it wears out. For example old oil does not protect the engine well. However in the UK the maths get interesting….. As most “basic” cars much over 5 years old has a low replacement cost and very few people drive more than 20K miles a year (most people with older cars drive closer to ...


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With way too much engine oil in the engine, the problem is that the crankshaft can hit the oil in the bottom of the crankcase when the engine is running. Since the crankshaft is spinning fast, even at idle, each time it slaps the surface of the oil, it will create some bubbles in the oil as the air just behind the spinning crankshaft lobe gets dragged under ...


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This is not normal behavior of a typical mechanic. Most mechanics/shops will still continue to charge their normal hourly rate no matter if you bring in the parts or if they get you the parts. The only difference is, they will not warrant the parts you bring in. You may want to look at the fine print of why they are charging the extra $15/hr. If the reason ...


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Let's pick one example of a component that doesn't feature in the inspection* , but is worth servicing at the recommended intervals. The timing belt . This is the belt which drives the camshaft, which in turn opens the valves on the engine's cylinders at the right time. If this component fails, the pistons will collide with the valves and the entire engine ...


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Disclaimer: I work with an older 202 straight 6 Holden engine in a landrover, so my perspective is somewhat vintage. However the basic underlying concepts are the same. Cause: Low oil in the oil pan, at the very bottom of the engine. Normally the oil should read right on the Full line on a dipstick, when the vehicle is level and the motor is cold and has ...


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Finding information on the service required: call a dealer and ask them. Look online at forums. Etc. How to tell if it's been neglected, that's the more important part of your question IMO. You can tell a lot from the car physically, more so in my experience than from service records. Service records are only as useful as the record keeper, and in my ...


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It sounds to me as though they didn't put (enough) oil back in after the engine flush. First of all, it didn't need an engine flush. Mobil1 and other synthetics are renowned for not leaving deposits in the engine. I would bet your engine would have been sparkling clean on the inside. They sold you something you didn't need. (I'm betting something along the ...


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Mechanics make money off of the parts they buy for you. Look for a small shop with 1-4 mechanics. They like business even if it's not the most profitable. They are about building a relationship with their customer. If you're cool and your mechanic is cool, they'll install just about anything that's legal for their regular rate. Keep going back to that ...


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I can answer this because it has happened to me a few times. There are several different possibilities depending on the ambient temperature and how old the engine is. Here are three real scenarios that have happened with my 1996 Volvo 850: (1) When the oil gets low the first thing you might notice is more noise. Oil muffles the engine, so when oil gets low ...


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If an engine is that full, it will pump oil through the PCV system into the intake manifold. Piston rings, even in a fresh engine, always have at least a minimal amount of blow-by from combustion. Normally these combustion products pressurize the crankcase slightly and then vent through the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) system into the intake. ...


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Servicing usually applies to the replacement of items which are consumable or have a limited life and need to be routinely replaced at regular intervals, including things like lubricants and filters there may also be a few parts which might need to be replaced at much longer intervals such as timing belts, oil seals and wheel bearings. Generally a routine ...


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Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks These tasks occur differently based upon the requirements of each manufacturer, find out what the intervals are for particular make/model/year. Cable lubrication - A graphite based lubricant, no oil based lubricants as they tend to have the hydrocarbons evaporate under heat and leave a sticky gummy feel to the cable and it's ...


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The entire lubrication system for the engine fails, leading to scratching of the cylinders and the barrels, after which point they dont run smoothly and degrade much faster. the pistons are made of aluminium and the cylinders have a special tough glassy coating so they screatch very easily and when the engine is too hot the aluminium deforms and heats in a ...


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I'm not sure that you can purchase one from the manufacturer, but you can purchase them from Helminc.com without issue for many brands (but mostly American). I purchased two different ones from here, one each for 93 & 94 Camaro (also covers Firebird/Trans Ams). These are the exact ones used by dealership service mechanics. Some are hard copy, while I ...


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Why? Well, money. Even if its $3, that counts as an upsell. They will probably sell the "engine flush" to most people. Raising the average sale by a fair amount. Follow the vehicle's manual. Don't give in to these offers.


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This is specific to the make of your vehicle. For instance, you can purchase many tools and service manuals from manufacturers such as Chrysler and Hyundai/Kia, BUT you may not be so lucky when it comes different dealers such as Toyota or many GM vehicles. If you provided your specific make and model, I would better be able to answer this question. As the ...


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The garage should contact you before doing any work over and above that which you had already agreed. This page from the AA might help you: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/legal-advice/garage-bill-too-much.html If you authorise a garage to carry out only specific work, and to do no other work without further permission, then the garage is not ...


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In the circumstance you describe, any work that is not included in a standard service and is going to be charged should first be agreed with the customer. Thankfully, the laws regarding consumer rights in the UK changed yesterday so should afford you some protection as they include services (i.e. work which is purely labor). Surely the morally correct ...


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My list would not include: Fuel injection cleaner; use Top Tier certified fuel instead. Engine Coolant, too early for the new, better coolant chemistry. Throttle body clean, needed only if symptoms develop. The transmission fluid change interval sparks a debate in the repair industry. I err on the side of caution and change it every 30k miles with OEM fluid. ...


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The short answer to your question is that having a car serviced and well maintained regularly will make the car last longer. Also less major things will go wrong if you get the little things done on your car that they recommend. To your question about it being a scam it depends on the person some people will rip you off because they know you don't know about ...


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The engine will likely seize up. This happened to me with a lawnmower once. I tried to mow the lawn after dad drained the oil, but before he filled it. It ran for a few minutes, then stopped as if the blade had hit something hard, but without the sound of the blade hitting something. We got very lucky, and were able to start it up after adding oil and ...


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If you bought the car new, I would highly recommend following the service schedule while you are still under warranty. Furthermore, you will likely void the warranty if you don't have the services performed at the specified intervals. If the services are free, you should definitely do them, they will extend the life of your vehicle at no cost to you. If ...


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Go somewhere else. It's your car and you shouldn't have to argue over the service you'd like performed. Any place that up-sells products I didn't ask for is always suspect to me. Generally they come off like snake oil salesmen...


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The real answer is- it depends. An extra couple of quarts? Probably no real effect. If you put in enough that the crank is sloshing the oil around, you probably will get a foam of oil all around the underside of the pistons, but besides robbing a bunch of horsepower due to windage and maybe causing some oil burning issues (at a certain point your oil rings ...


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It's not good. The little oil you have left will overheat & degrade as others have explained better. With your oil level really low like that, as long as the engine isn't overheating yet, you might be able to get the car to lug itself 5 or 10 miles to a shop to get more oil w/out problems, but it's already really pretty harsh on the car Basically, your ...



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