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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Why does my oil light blink an extra time when cold starting the car?

Recently I have noticed that when starting my 1997 Honda Accord in the morning (so that it has not been driven in at least 8 hours), the oil light will blink an extra time, as shown in this video. If ...
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Oil on top layer of coolant Reservoir

So recently when I got an oil change, they checked my other fluids and notified me that there is oil in my coolant... again. Last year, I noticed oil in the coolant and took it to a mechanic, they ...
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Can I keep oil filter for longer?

I have 09 Altima with 135k miles and it now consumes way too much engine oil to the extent the oil was all gone for next service! So now I make sure to fill it with more oil every month. My question ...
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Should I change the engine oil on a boat engine after it sat for 5 months?

I have a Reinell Bowrider, with a 190 HP Chevy engine, that hasn't been started in about 5 months. Before starting it, should I change the engine oil? Or will it run okay without changing it?
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How to interpret slightly varying compression between cylinders?

I have a 99 Toyota Corolla with 255k miles. According to the service manual, cylinder compression should be 145-218 psi, with no more than 15 psi variation between cylinders. I tested mine and read ...
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How to determine exact amount of oil in a refrigerant system?

Our all components and refrigerant pipes are new. As far as we know, Compressor is sold with oil inside of it. Do you think should I add extra oil into system after I assemble all system or Is the ...
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Oil Leak from drain plug but not sure why

I changed my oil a few days ago and there is a leak coming from around the drain plug. When I first did the oil change I only screwed in back in by hand so I wouldn't strip the thread. The next day I ...
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Does continuous slight 5% overfill of oil have bad effects?

I have a 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid with 2.5 liter engine that takes 4.4 liters of oil (with filter; without filter it's 4.0 liters). The difference between "low" and "full" oil level is 1.5 liters, so ...
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400ci sb using a quart of oil every 50/60 miles

I bought a 62 bel air with a 400ci sb stroked to a 409 they told me. I have taken it to car shows the last 3 weekends less than 100 miles round trip. After returning home I check the oil after cool ...
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My new car was driven almost 100 miles without oil

I took my 2019 Mazda CX5 Turbo into a Mazda dealer for it's first 5,000 mile maintenance and while driving back to my town noticed that the check oil light was on. I called the service department and ...
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OEM engine oil alterrnative [duplicate]

My motorcycles recommended engine oil grade is 10w30 synthetic.I am not happy with the OEM oil and looking for an alternative ,to my surprise there is not even a single manufacturer providing same ...
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Oil Change in new car

My New car says it takes 5w-20 and I just accidentally put 5w-30 in my car... now I'm worried. I heard that 5w-0 is used in the winter because it has a lower viscosity which allows the fluid to move ...
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02 Honda civic LX 1.7-1.8 not sure. oil is leaking into coolant/radiator

so my wifes car had ran into some issues about 4 days ago when her car quit on her while driving from our sons school. she said that the oil light had came on moments before the car gave out and shut ...
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2009 Mini JCW low oil does this cause carbon build up?

End of Nov 2018 I took the Mini for tire rotation and told the garage I was taking a road trip and to check all fluid levels including the oil. When I picked it up they confirmed this was done. The ...
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Suitable Engine Oil grade for my car

I have Maruti Alto LXI model car. its odometer 96000km. can I know whats the most suitable engine oil brand and grade for this??
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oil light flash while pressing gas

I have Hyundai i30 2008, i have changed crankshaft sensor 1 week ago. two days ago i start hearing some noise from motor while in idle and also while moving. Today the check engine light turned on and ...
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Ford focus - where is this oil coming from please?

Went to look at buying a Focus yesterday 1.5tdci 2016 57k on the clock. I noticed an oil leak (see photo). Does anyone have an idea where it might be leaking from? Does it look expensive to fix? ...
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Mixing A3 and C3 engine oils

I have a 2006 Mini Cooper petrol engine, Can I top up with A3 engine oil if garage used C3 at oil change? The manual says usd ACEA A3, BMW LL 01 but the garage recommended topping up with ACEA C3 W-30....
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Damage to engine

A clerk at Auto Zone put 2-3 extra quarts of oil in my Subaru Impreza. I then drove it for about an hour in stop and go traffic, when I got home some neighbors helped me drain all of the oil out and ...
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Oil in the coolant reservoir of my '07 Subaru Tribeca

My 2007 Subaru Tribeca has oil in coolant reservoir, or so my mechanic said when he changed the oil. No coolant in oil, just oil in coolant. YouTube suggests oil coolant seal. Would that be a best ...
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Suitable grade oil

i am going to do a service on my work car(vw caddy 1.9 sdi 1999). My question is... What engine oil grade should i use 10w40 or 15 w40. In my country during the summer the temperature goes up to 30 ...
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Coolant additive in engine oil

In a moment of stupidity I poured a bit of engine coolant additive in the engine oil thinking it was engine oil bottle without reading the label (stupid me) I have a very Touareg. What are the ...
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Toyota aygo engine oil 0W-20 or 5W-30?

What is the correct engine oil type to use with a Toyota Aygo 2007 1.0 VVT-i? Toyoa says it should be 0W-20, while halfords and mobil says it should be 5W-30. Thanks in advance.
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will a pressure signal show if i have excess oil in my crankcase?

you did not understand my Question. the reason i am asking is my an oil pressure signal keep coming up ,after a mechanic pure an excessive amount of oil in my car
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Motorbike storage questions (gsxr 1000 2018)

I don’t have a garage and I’m storing my bike outside. Temperatures during the daylight are around 90-115F max. There’s no much shade around the bike but it gets morning and afternoon’s sun beating. ...
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How to analyse engine oil analysis results?

I got an engine oil analysis done on my 1991 CAT 3116 with 124,000k miles on it. I received a sheet of what I presume to be the result of some kind of spectrometry. As I'm not an analytical chemist, I ...
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Polo gti 2013 smoke when pulling away slow

My polo GTI started giving a puff of smoke white/grey maybe when I pull out slowly or roll down hill, but if I drive the car hard it doesn't smoke. It also uses around 500ml oil in month or two. I ...
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How to proceed after doing an oil change and discovering your vehicle has been running with too much oil for thousands of miles?

About 1.5 years and 4000 miles ago, I got a oil change at a local shop for my 2006 1.8L Nissan Sentra. Just last weekend I decided to change the oil and filter on it myself and to my dismay the amount ...
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Using SAE 10W-30 in both Vehicle and Lawnmower

I have a Toyota vehicle with the 1MZFE engine, and have purchased SAE 10W-30 engine oil to put in this car. My question is this: Is there a problem with putting this kind of oil in my Troy-Bilt ...
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Car barely starts - low oil? Too late to fix or not?

i think i have a probleem with my engine (Toyota Estima with 350.000km). It would not start, i just hear a single click. The battery is fine. I checked oil, and the oil is low. I tried starting the ...
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Oil dipstick: Is the distance between the 2 markers an international standard?

Is the quantity of motor oil represented by the distance between the bottom marker and the top marker of an engine dipstick an international standard? If so, how much oil does it represent? In other ...
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Safe to drive a car that have back diff leak?

I have Range Rover Sport 2013. The back diff have been leaking for a month maby 1-2 drops each morning when I go to my parking lot in the morning. I have Service 17th April for the mechanics to take ...
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What constitutes gentle RPMs in the winter?

I drive a 2013 Fit, manual transmission. I shift by sound. When accelerating, I shift up when RPMs reach 3000. When decelerating, I have developed the habit of blipping the accelerator pedal to get ...
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Camshaft Sensor Position problem or Oil Related problem

I have a 2014 VW Jetta SE. Recently my engine began making an off and on Growling noise while driving around. At the same time, my engine light came on. Took the car to get checked and the reading ...
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How can I detect bearing damage caused by oil?

After reading this question I used 0W-30 instead of 0W-20. Is it serious? and Paulster2's reply: One of the issues with running a heavier weight oil is that your bearing clearances are set by the ...
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How sensitive is a timing belt or serpentine belt to getting a little oil on it?

Every once in a while, a drop of motor oil will get on the timing belt or serpentine belt when adding motor oil. Is it a good idea to wipe it off right away? If so, even after wiping it off, some ...
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Rod knocking, out of oil, or both?

So, I had noticed what sounded like rod knocking in my 2004 Nissan 350z with 140k miles. IT got progressively worse, and I went to look around. I ended up finding all of my oil gone, seemingly due to ...
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“Blow-By” on a 2009 Toyota Camry create Oil Leak that is located on top of engine

I am in the process of purchasing a 2009 Toyota Camry. Unfortunately, oil has been discovered on top of my engine a month after I bought the car. It is my opinion this is not a new leak. 1) PVC Valve ...
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Wayyy too much oil [duplicate]

I did a dumb thing today. My 2006 chevy trailblazer holds 7 quarts of oil. It has a slow leak. I got around to putting some in it today. I bought the 5qt container and completely spaced out while ...
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Why is there a leak seems at the rim of wheel

There is a leak at the rim of wheel for my scooter Suzuki swish The more it rides the more it seems
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Clicking sound in engine, very strange evolution

I have come here in hopes to get some help regarding my impala. It is a 2006 Chevy Impala with a V6 engine, I was out of town for 2 weeks and when I got home I got in my impala and stated her up. it ...
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Euro Long-Life Synthetic in a Hyundai?

tl;dr: Does it make any worthwhile difference to put European oil in a Korean car (Hyundai), or would any other synthetic work just as well? My Vehicle Info 2008 Hyundai Accent, GLS 4-Door, SEDAN 4-...
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Will or regular oil help increase oil pressure than synthetic oil?

Will regular oil help increase oil pressure in my engine than synthetic oil?
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2008 Prius: how often change full synthetic oil and filter

I have a 2008 Toyota Prius. I've looked at the manuals: Scheduled Maintenance Guide Manual Neither mentions synthetic oil at all. The Scheduled Maintenance Guide recommends changing oil and the ...
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Will leaking valve seals harm an engine?

I have a Nissan VK45DE engine with some oil consumption issues that I think are leaking valve seals. What harm will come to an engine if used long term with leaking valve seals other than the ...
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I accidentally put about 3/4 of a quart to much of oil in my car

Would this do any damage to my car? It is a 3.8 v6 Pontiac Grand Prix.
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what does it mean when the oil level has dropped to a negative number?

I usually bring my car in for an oil change when the oil level indicator gets down to about 5%. However, my oil light on the dashboard has been on for a few weeks, and I was aware that it was getting ...
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JASO MA confusion

Motorcycle owner's manuals say to use "THEIR" oil, mine say nothing of JASO MA anything. So....The question remains: bikes with joint clutch and engine use JASO MA, or MA2 ?
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2004 grand jeep cherokee

Ok here is Missouri it is -6 out this morning. I go out to start my jeep and let it warm up a bit. It was a rough start likeit sound like it didnt want to start or taking its time anyway it sounded a ...
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Hi! I have bmw 318d e91 one week ago start to leak oil

Oil leak start from under the filter it’s very hard to fix so I am wishing to have your advice what to do