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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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Need help finding socket size on 2017 Chevy Cruze 1.4L oil filter

Hoping someone on here can help me more than google. I don’t know if I just have no clue where to look but I can’t find this info for the life of me.
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Diesel in the engine oil

So yesterday my skoda rapid 1,6tdi decided that she has had enough. Basically white/grey smoke started to blow all of a sudden and revving sound, really loud one. Somehow managed to idle all the way ...
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2008 Honda CG 125 - Do I Need To Fully Screw in My Dipstick To Check the Oil?

I went to check the oil level on my Honda CG 125 and noticed nothing came up. However, it was on uneven ground. I then moved my bike to a flatter level and screwed my dipstick all the way in, where I ...
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Low coolant level and high engine oil in VW

I have a 1.5 year old (mileage ~7000km) Volkswagen Vento with 1.6 MPI Petrol engine. Recently I noticed that my coolant level was below minimum and my engine oil level was higher than the max on the ...
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Can I use c3 engine oil in my car?

Car is a civic vti '99. my car manual says API sj or above. Web says my car can also take ACEA a5/b5. I have put castrol magnatec c3 in the car. The product box does say 'for petrol and diesel ...
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2006 Toyota Sienna overheating and now knocking?

This is my first post so bear with me, please. About a month ago I was given a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The first two weeks it was driving like a dream and very quiet. It has about 350,000 miles. The ...
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Help me to pick correct Honda Fit Aria Gear Box Oil

I have a honda fit aria, And in gearbox i can find (AFT DW-1) as the gear oil. but my gearbox is a CVT and the oil can says "DO NOT USE for CVT", I am very confused wheather to use this gear oil or ...
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Oil was overfilled and now has a loud ticking sound. my son says it could be pistons. Subaru 2002

2002 Subaru. Had oil changed 3 days ago. Checked it today and it was overfilled. Today started loud ticking sound. My son says it could be pistons. Is it safe to drive. Is place where I had it done ...
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Briggs and Stratton “Just Check and Add, never change oil” engine

Recently a relative was bragging about their new mower, with a new Briggs and Stratton "Just Check and Add" engine, with no oil change recommendation. Better than sliced bread. I remember when a ...
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Astra h engine oil consumption

My 2005 Opel astra h (engine code-Z16XEP) has developed some oil loss issue. During autumn months while I've been only city driving, it has consumed very little oil in comparison of what it had ...
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overfilled oil, can I drive 1.7 miles to get it drained? [duplicate]

Ok, I have a 2010 Honda Accord 4 door v6 and would typically get the oil changed on schedule with a local Jiffy Lube. Well I got a "15% oil life" light on my dashboard and didn't have enough money for ...
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VW 2015 TDI (EA288) Oil Sensor(s)

I recently acquired a 2015 VW Jetta TDI, and while someone was taking a long trip, in cold weather, the oil light came on. A yellow light, which does not match any indicators in the owner's manual. ...
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Acura MDX burning oil - how long can it run?

I have a 2012 MDX with 75,000 miles on it. I love this car! I noticed that the oil level was abnormally low about 2700 miles after an oil change. I first noticed this at about 50K miles. I thought ...
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AMC 258 engine after a rebuild is suddenly burning so much oil that it fouls plugs in 2 days

1983 AMC 258 cubic inch newly rebuilt (1 year ago with low miles) suddenly has started burning so much oil that plugs are fouled in 2 days. What is the cause?
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Why don`t we use extremely thin oils in engines

I understand that lower viscosity oils are way easier to pump and move around engine parts, also they form a thinner "film" on friction surfaces which could improve parts measurements precision etc. ...
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Engine Knocking after running low on oil - Hyundai Coupe

Is this the end of my engine? I was driving on the motorway and started to hear a repeated knocking noise from the engine. 10 minutes later the oil light came on, I stopped and checked the oil. It ...
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Mixing oils of different viscocity

Hi everybody i am asking this question mostly in the context of motorcycle engine but i think the same basic principles apply on a car engine as well. I have changed my motorcycle engine oil with ~...
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After an oil change, my car, 2004 Hyundai Elantra has an oil leak in the front of my car, and it smell like gas

After an oil change, my car has a oil leak and it randomly dies whenever I drive very slow, my foot on the brake all the time, for example while I am driving and looking for an address. What should I ...
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15w40 instead of saw 39

Can I use in a motor saw 15w40(in a reservoir dedicated for chain oil) instead of sae30(chain oil). Sorry for this question . but I have plenty oil(15w40) and I can't use on my car( because it ...
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Toyota Camry running out of oil

I serviced my Toyota Camry three weeks ago and put 4 litres of mobile oil in. It's three weeks now and I am short of oil again, and this has been the case for the last 4 months. I bought 8 litres of ...
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Oil change on Volvo turbo

I have a 2006 Volvo XC90 2.5 turbo with 175000 on it. I have kept up with maintenance totally. The other day I changed the oil and I used the normal Mobil 1 synthetic high mileage 10w/30 but this time ...
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What size is my oil drain plug?

2002 Buick Century The last time that the oil was changed was in a shop (Sears). That plug is in really tight. The odd part is that I can't seem to get a wrench on it good enough. 5/8" is too big, so ...
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Car Selling Etiquette and Ethics in Foreign Setting [closed]

I am an expat living overseas in Africa and am looking to sell my car soon. I wanted to get some opinions about what is customary for servicing. Some background, I have a 4x4 car with 114,000 km. I ...
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My mom doesn't seem to understand the oil light's importance, how can I effectively explain how important it is?

I just discovered that my mom has ben driving her minivan with the oil light coming on intermittently, she doesn't seem to understand its importance, how can I effectively explain its importance?, I ...
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Removal of oil filter rotor lock nut and washer on 4 stroke

I am currently attempting a transmission repair on an old honda xl125 motor. I have been following the clives manual with very little issue. However upon attempting to remove the clutch I am being ...
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Is engine flush safe and should I do it?

Garage put some oil in car and after I checked the dipstick it looked black and thick. Car has since been running sluggish and the cause might be the oil(though this work followed an overheating ...
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Can you put food coloring in your engine oil? [closed]

I am wondering if I could put some blue or pink coloring in some engine oil. We have a 95 Toyota Estima (Leeward) that has a bit of an abandonment disorder. To be fair, we are his 3rd set of parents ...
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Adding A/C Compressor oil

I had a new ac compressor put on my 04 Mitsu Endeavor. At that time I didn't know oil had to be put in the compressor but had them put it on anyway. It's not been used since but I want to start ...
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Can Engine Lugging cause Piston Ring wear?

I just had my oil analyzed from my 2007 335i highly tuned car. I am using the Motul 300v 5w40 and everything seems really good, except for Chromium and Molybdenum. Before this, every value was fine ...
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Why does dipstick show darker at bottom to lighter at top?

I notice when checking the dipstick sometimes it is black or brown at bottom and gets lighter at top. Why is this?
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fuel damaged body panel, how to repair?

Was in the process of filling up with fuel until I forgot what I was doing and sprayed fuel over body panel/fuel cap area. Has been there for 2 weeks now and looks quite bad, it seems the oil has ...
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Outside temperature vs recommended oil viscocity

Recommended oil viscosity is 10W30 for my motorcycle but temperature outside is getting higher these days it reaches upto 38 degrees on some days.Is is fine to continue to use 10w30 grade oil or I can ...
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Can you always use a higher API S code?

For one of my cars in the recommended oil it says 'Use API sj, sl or above' and for my other older car(99) it says use 'api sg, sh, or sj' but doesn't say above. Based on what I have seen it seems ...
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Toyota auris 2010 stalls when you remove oil cap while engine is idling

I was inspecting a used Toyota Auris (2009-2010). I turned the engine on and with the car idling I removed the oil cap from the engine. The car stalled within seconds and the engine almost shut down. ...
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What causes the difference in quality between engine oil brands?

I notice that different engine oil brands give poor or better performance even when using the oil has the same viscosity. What is the cause of this and why should you buy better known brands? Also ...
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Excess engine oil, when to burn off and when to drain?

I've read that too much engine oil can damage your engine, however I've also seen mechanics suggest you should just let excess engine oil burn off with driving so it's 'nothing to worry about'. These ...
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Does exhaust smoke always acompany engine burning oil?

Car(civic vti) is currently loosing a lot of engine oil. I've already put 4 liters in over a few months\maybe 1000k miles. Mechanics cannot find any leaks but they couldn't see smoke coming out of ...
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Can I determine amount of oil from engine size, cylinder, and/or displacement

Is there a way to determine how much oil I need to put into my vehicle for an oil change, from any of the size, displacement and/or how many cylinders the engine has?
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Is there a hack to repairing a seized engine?

Last week I drove on the interstate for about 1 mile when my engine died. the oil light never came on but it was low on oil and a couple thousand miles overdue for an oil change. I had it towed to a ...
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Can I change my oil filter 2 weeks after putting new oil in?

I recently done an oil change on my Audi A4 Avant 1.9tdi. At the time I didn't have the tool to open the oil filter so i couldn't change it. I've bought the took and am going to put a new oil filter ...
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Difficulty seeing oil on dipstick

On my 2009 impala 3.5L and 2004 f150 4.2L. I shut them off and wait a couple minutes and check the dipsticks, and it's always hard to see if oil is on there (seems to scrape oil from somewhere while ...
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Why is it suggested to change oil prior to storage?

As noted on both https://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/how-to-prep-your-car-for-long-term-storage.html and https://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/storage.php they seem to suggest that leaving old oil in ...
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Is PAG 46 compressor oil compatible with a 2006 Touareg W12?

I have a bottle of PAG 46 oil. Is it compatible with the compressor on a 2006 VW W12 Touareg?
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Mark II Can bad oil stall, rough idle engine?

My 2001 Toyota Mark II Grande, Engine TA-JZX110, Automatic Transmission, 2.5ltr engine has been stalling and reflecting the check engine light, and showing two codes on diagnostic machine : VVTi ...
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Do oil grades for car change when they become older? [duplicate]

Car is a civic vti 1999. I've asked on forums and honda themselves who said so long as my weather isn't extreme one way or another, I should use 0w30 or 5w30 engine oil. When I went to pickup the ...
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Is it beneficial to run high viscosity oil in an old engine near the end of its useful life?

I have often heard that high viscosity oil (higher than what the manufacturer recommends) is good for old engines, engines that are nearing the end of useful life. So, for example let's consider a ...
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White smoke (lots) from 95 4Runner tailpipe

I have a SEVERE oil leak on my 95 4Runner (v6 3VZE). I put a quart in every day or two. Yesterday I felt she needed extra love so I put in two quarts. Now she's billowing huge plumes of white gray ...
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Very concerned about engine damage after a botched oil change

How can I be sure the engine, etc of my leased 2014 RAV4 are NOT damaged? Oil change by NTB Friday 8/31/18 resulted in MAJOR oil lose by Sunday 9/2/18. They admitted they caused it by over-tightening ...
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What engine oil should you not mix together?

Can you mix 0w-40 and 30w oil together and get something like 15w oil? How would that math work? When is it a problem to mix to different types of oil together other than oil weight?
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Oil filter: anti drain back valve (aftermarket) vs no anti drain back valve (OEM)

I'm about to have an oil & oil filter change on my car. I've bought both the oil (a vollsynthetisch 5W-40 from a German firm) and the oil filter (the OEM genuine part, made in Germany too). Out ...