Questions tagged [oil]

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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Engine shakes, from bad oil change

I got an oil change awhile back, I notice my car idling a little more. Where I park for work it was hard to tell what the oil leak was coming from on the ground. I don't know much, but I popped my ...
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Transmission fluid added to my oil

I have a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country & my oil was low but I thought it was my transmission fluid so i added a quart of transmission fluid to my oil but the oil dipstick is still reading low ...
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How harmful is it to not put oil in spark plug hole of a stored small engine?

I have a small engine inverter generator. This generator is to be used during power outages which happen rarely where I live, and also tested shortly every 2 years (the testing is also to keep the ...
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Yellow foam in my oil cap

I was checking the level of oil in my car and I've found some yellow foam in the oil cap, the car has 120000 Kilometers and 12 years; the head gasket is the original, what could it be? Do i need to ...
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Possible faulty repair?

Our 2012 Honda Odyssey recently went into the shop for brake repair. The mechanic inspected the car and found a slight leak in the oil pan and requested that we replace the oil pan gasket. We agreed ...
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Drain Plug Crush Washer- Installed wrong size

Nissan Frontier 2018 4.0L. SV Parts store said I could use any washer in an assorted pack of washers labeled M14. Upon looking further into issue I found that a M12 is the correct size. I already ...
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My car A/C lost all of its refrigerant

My car lost all of its refrigerant. I went to mechanic he checked my entire ac system for leakage but couldn't find any. He pressurized the cooling coil and also compressor but he couldn't find any ...
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How to read a dipstick?

My car manual says that oil level should be checked with a warm engine (to account for thermal expansion) after letting the car sit on a level surface for 5 minutes after turning off the engine (to ...
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Is it safe to have an external oil cooler lower than the OEM oil cooler location?

I'm replacing my oil cooler housing and wish to add an external oil cooler to it. I'm curious if it's safe to set the external oil cooler lower than the original OEM location. The OEM oil cooler works ...
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2009 Toyota Sienna oil leak

My 2009 Toyota Sienna exploded oil from somewhere, all over the engine, which subsequently caught fire (it went out as soon as I shut down the engine and opened the hood). This happened after I was ...
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Normal Oil Pressure Operating Range 2003 Jaguar

I have a 2003 Jaguar S Type 3.0l V6 base model. The oil light came on when at a stop sign idling. It only flashed for a second. It has done this a handful of times. Always at idle and never when ...
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Is car motor being lubricated with ignition off?

Is it ok to run car with ignition off (turning it off while in gear)? Or is oil pump electrical and stops running as soon as ignition is off?
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2013 Buick Verano Engine jerks only when stopped at stop sign or red light while still in drive

I have a 2013 Buick Verano with about 110,000 miles. A couple years ago my car stalled and I had a code to replace the solenoids in which did and the problem seemed to go away. About a year later ...
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Oil Pan Flap? What does it do?

The following is a picture of Peugeot 405 Oil Pan. As you can see, there is something like a flap inside the pan. Does anyone here know what is the function of that part? Why is the pan divided into 2 ...
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What is the correct oil to use in an 80's era 6.9 Ford Diesel?

What is the proper oil to use in an 80's Era 6.9 Ford Diesel?
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How long does it take for engine damage to show up after running without enough oil?

Got an oil change in a 2019 Hyundai Kona at a Valvoline quick change shop at 50,000 miles. 5 weeks and 1,800 miles later, the oil light came on. A check showed no oil on the dipstick. Towed to the ...
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What happened to my Oil

I got an oil change at Firestone about a month in a half to two months ago, last night I see a higher in my drive way, I thought it was a shadow, nope it was all my oil completely drained out!! Could ...
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Oil checked when car was on

Car is a 2020 Hyundai i10 Sorry for what I know is probably a completely dumb question, but I’d like to put my mind to rest and I am no where near mechanically minded. A friend told me to double check ...
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How much performance change can be expected from changing 2-stroke mix-in oil?

I have a 2 stroke paramotor: Paramotor with a parrot on the propeller. It is a 235cc 2-stroke engine with carburetor fuel delivery and magneto ignition. The transmission is a direct drive pulley ...
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Can an engine run without oil for a few seconds, if the oil change was just done

I accidentally started up my engine after draining the oil and inserting the oil filter. I know that running an engine without oil causes the parts not to be lubricated and thus, causing damage. In my ...
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Antifreeze in engine oil

I accidentally put antifreeze in the engine oil, a complete moment of stupidity, but I poured about 50ml (definitely not more than 100ml) do you think it would be okay as it’s such a little amount? Or ...
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Is it safe to use an oil leak stopper product?

My mechanic said the rear main seal on my 1997 Honda Accord is causing an oil leak, and he cannot fix that. I found out there are some oil leak stopping products (such as this, this, this, this) that ...
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Is cap coming off too easily?

Honda Civic coupe vti 1999. I bought this replacement cap and fitted it. Unlike the stock or other caps it doesn’t have a asteroid shape so it’s harder to screw down. Anycase I screwed it in but I ...
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How can I rectify Replacement filler cap?

Civic coupe vti 1999. I have just received my replacement filler cap off eBay and it does fit! However I noticed some white stuff around a bit the outer part of the rubber seal and thought it was dirt....
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I can't find freezing point for Mannol 5w-20

I need oil for my car engine. It needs SAE 5W-20. Is Mannol Energy Ultra JP 7906 5W-20 a good product? I can't find its complete technical data and freezing point. This is the Material Safety Data ...
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How would this oil filler cap have been damaged?

If you look closely at this at the bottom of this oil filler cap you can see the plastic has chipped. I’m not sure if it was already like that or if I did it whilst trying to force it into the rocker ...
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Can I use the wrong engine oil filler cap? [closed]

Honda Civic vti coupe 1999. I recently asked this question as I bought an oil filler cap from Honda that didn’t fit. Is this an acceptable oil filler cap? Honda have just told me they no longer ...
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Is this an acceptable oil filler cap?

So got a replacement engine oil filler cap from Honda using my reg. This new cap does not have the original English writing which specified oil type but more importantly does not turn all the way ...
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How tight does the oil filler cap need to be?

1999 Civic coupe vti. So it does not come off or conversely strip, how tight does the oil filler cap need to be, hand tight or a lot more? Thanks
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Is it likely somebody stole My filler cap?

Civic vti 2000 coupe. Topped I engine oil up then went for a drive 10 miles, break then did return journey and left car parked up for a week. When I came back I found the bonnet was open(not fully ...
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Driving without engine oil cap

What might happen if you drive aggressively without an oil filler cap(where you pour new oil into the engine) for a little while eg a an hour or few times. Any damages or just poor peformance? Thanks
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Is it ok to use a low-mileage oil from another car? [closed]

I usually drive no more than 5000 kilometers a year and I usually change my oil after 7 - 8 months (about 2000 - 2500 kms mileage). According to both manufacturers (car and oil), my 5W-40 Addinol ...
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Oil smears along dipstick?

When checking the oil on my friend’s car, I noticed that there were some oil smears along the length of the dipstick, which I had wiped prior. The first time I checked the oil, there was a bit more. ...
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L V8 Magnum Oil Change Capacity vs Dipstick Reading

Just done a oil change on my ram last night. Everywhere I've checked shows the capacity on the 2002 Ram 1500 4.7l is 6 quarts of 5w30 oil so that's exactly how much I put in. And I let the old oil ...
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What is the correct oil change interval between oil changes?

I have a 2010 Dodge Dakota (4.7L V8), 2WD, and approx. 146,200 miles on it. I have maintained it well ever since I purchased it back when it had 106,000 miles on it. Currently, I change the oil and ...
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Chemical analysis to detect oil burning in emissions [duplicate]

Is it possible to chemically analyze an engine's emissions to detect presence of oil in the fuel? I am losing a lot of oil but it's not dripping when running to indicate a leak. So I would like some ...
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Oil viscosity 0w30 vs 5w30

There a a lot of articles about viscosity, but I cant find clearly, do I lose anything when I use 0w30 instead of 5w30? In my climate winter temperatures usually doesn't fall below -20 degrees celsius,...
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Car exhaust smoking (white smoke) a lot when driving

I have a bmw e60 with low mileage, I had an overdue service that I got done at garage, they advised that I have sludge/soot in the oil judging by inspection of oil filter.as I drove it home alot of ...
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Diesel getting into engine oil since cambelt change

Got my VW Touran cambelt water pump serviced recently (4-5 weeks ago). Oil and filter were changes then too Today, Noticed that the oil level was about 8mm higher than max on dip stick. Oil was very ...
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I accidentally installed the oil filter for the 2.5L version of my 2.0L engine. Will it still work?

I accidentally installed the oil filter for the 2.5L version of my 2.0L engine. Will it still work? I installed the Fram 6607 instead of Fram 3593A. Will this be okay to drive with?
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5 extra qts of oil in Hustler Z super diesel motor with a Warren cat engine

So while i was servicing our mower today. I spaced on remembering it was 1.5 qts of diesel engine oil. I put in 2. I'm new to servicing my own equipment because the price to service is more than my ...
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Crankshaft sensor and pulley

I installed a new crankshaft position sensor on my 99 Buick Park Avenue and replaced the harmonic balancer.As I was starting in I heard loud noises and oil leaking from the oil pan so I removed the ...
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Less oil on certain valves than others

I've got a 1986 3.8l 6-cylinder mustang. I've been hearing a ticking underneath the driver's side valve cover, so I took it off. I didn't see anything wrong so I started the engine sans valve cover. ...
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Can I use 0w 30 instead of 0w 20 engine oil in Honda wrv deisel model of 2019?

I am not able to find the specific engine oil online or offline as per the recommendation of Honda. Can I use any alternative oils?
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I have a 2015 Nissan Rogue my heater wasn't working so I changed my water pump and now I have oil in my radiator until this happened I had NO oil leak

I just changed the water pump in my Nissan Rogue because my heater wasn't working and now I have oil in my radiator but no anti freeze in my oil what could be causing it? My car didn't leak oil until ...
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What happens to the oil inside the oil pan when you park your car in 40% slope? Does the oil come into contact with oil pan gasket materials? Harmful? [closed]

I want to know at what percentage of slope, engine oil touches oil pan gasket material? Is it harmful for the gasket?
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Dipstick Covered with Oil

I’m working on a Nissan Murano, and have been trying to check the oil level on my car. The mechanic said that the car is slowly leaking/burning off oil (I believe into the engine), so I need to top ...
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Ford Fiesta 2005 1.2 Petrol Clutch Replacement

I'm going to be replacing the clutch on my Ford Fiesta 2005 1.2 Petrol soon. I've seen some videos online, in which they drain and top up two different types of oil. I was wondering if anyone could ...
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Suddenly burning oil after heavy strain on engine, should I look for damage?

This is a 1986 Dodge van with a Chrysler 318 5.2L. Recently I was reversing through a narrow gate on snowy ground. I had to get out to check the my angle, and when I got back in I proceeded to ...
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2004 Chevy Tahoe burning oil & coolant, smoking, and turning oil to jelly

I have a 2004 Chevy Tahoe with about 180k miles. Its really taken care of with regular maintenance. Recently after driving 30min on the highway, the next time I turn it on white smoke comes out the ...
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