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What bolt is missing and can I just buy one and replace it

I have a 04 Chevy Venture 3.4 and it has always had a slight oil leak but couldn’t tell where it was coming from. As I was filling up my oil I noticed a bolt is no missing from my engine. Not sure how ...
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What is causing my oil pan to fill with a mysterious fluid?

I have a 1967 Ford Mustang with a 289 small block V8. It had been sitting in the garage for a while (years, actually), so I did a fluid refresh, changed the fuel, changed the oil, and changed the ...
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Oil level drops very low then rises very high, what's the cause?

2012 Nissan X-Trail, 2.5l naturally aspirated petrol engine, 235,000km on the clock. I thought I had a blown head gasket, but now I'm not sure. Between regular services, I noticed the engine getting ...
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Can I use API certified oil in my 2011 Volkswagen Jetta?

I have a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 SEL. I recently have decided to start doing my own oil changes due to the increasing prices of having it changed elsewhere. I know that the oil that has been used in ...
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Why do we only get an approximate 30 second warning for oil running out?

In my Vauxhall Movano I get a 620 mile warning for Adblue running out, and it will not let me start my engine until I have topped up. Yet I only get a 30 second warning if I am about to run out of oil,...
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Car ran for 2 miles with an oil tank leak, is the engine done?

I ran over a metal cube like shape and made some nasty holes in my oil pan, soon as it happend oil fell in the mufflers and caused a gas like smell according to a mechanic. I ran the car for about 2 ...
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Small quantity of brake fluid got into engine oil, is this problematic?

My buddy was changing his oil yesterday and overfilled it when pouring in new oil. So he loosened the drain plug to let some out, no big deal. Problem is, he let just a bit too much out, and later ...
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Opel corsa 1.4t 2016 mixing coolant into oil

My opel corsa 1.4t with B14net engine is mixing coolant into oil as result oil tank fills above max. I have cylinder head checked and is fine,replaced gasket and oil cooler and temperature is fine. It ...
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Put in 5w-20 instead of 0w-20...should I change it?

My wife's 2013 Subaru Impreza was due for an oil change. I ended up putting the wrong weight oil in, 5w-20 instead of 0w-20. What kind of impact will this have? Obviously once it gets to operating ...
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2012 Dodge Caravan! Oil mixed in cooling system due to oil cooler failure! Replaced it! Now it smokes bad! Will Bars leak work with oil in the coolan

I had an oil cooler go out on my 2012 Dodge Grand caravan with a 3.6 V6 in it! It lost coolant immediately and the engine ran hot. Plus it mixed oil into the coolant system! I have purged the system ...
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Oil pressure dropped wont start

95 Buick Lesabre- 70’s miles. Hasnt been driving as clean for last couple weeks and few days ago it was overheating and pulled over and added water. Cooled down then about 15 minutes later I noticed ...
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Lawnmowers , just why?

I was mowing the lawns the other day , I managed to knock the oil cap loose and oil spurted out into the engine block I didn't think it was that much oil so I put the lid back on and kept mowing , the ...
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Why is my Kia Rio making rapping sounds?

Oil and check engine lights were on so I changed theo oil. There was only about a quart that came out. Now the lights went out, but the engin raps and dies at stop lights and new oil is black.
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Overfilled the engine oil. Drained everything. Is it ok to refill?

Like an idiot, I drained the transmission fluid and not the oil. I then over filled the oil by about 4 quarts. Luckily, I caught this and did not start the engine. I then drained all the oil that was ...
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Oil in coolant but no coolant in oil 2014 Ford Edge 3.5

I just bought a 2014 Ford Edge 3.5L SE with 114,000 miles on it. I noticed oil in the coolant tank. I performed a very thorough coolant flush. Still oil in coolant. No coolant in the oil. I read ...
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2013 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro PP

I see the car dreeping oil on my driveway. But on the top I cant see anything leaking. On the bottom I cant pinpoint the exact location. So I put some dye to maybe see it coming out. But still cant ...
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Nissan Almera 2006 Engine Oil Overfilled [duplicate]

Was doing an oil change 2 days ago, have done it numerous times before, for whatever reason, I've overfilled it this time. If I was to put a measurement on it, it's over by about 2-4mm on the max line,...
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Are synthetic oils more resistant against thickening in cold temperatures?

I have heard that each cold start of the engine adds 100km to it's wear due to issues with the cold oil, which is why pre-heating of the engine is recommended to maximize it's lifespan in colder ...
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Is it ok to use more viscous oil with old engines that burn oil?

My old 2009 Pont Vibe uses lots of oil. One common explanation seems to be leaky piston rings. The manual and motor states SAR 5W20. A mechanic told me I should use 10W40 instead because it’s more ...
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Dipstick reading little to no oil

I took my car to Midas to get a oil leak inspected and a diagnosis and was told I had several leaks so they said that the main leak was coming from the main valve cover so they change that out. I took ...
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Can you use the same long life premium oil filter for 2 or 3 times?

I have a 03 Mazda b3000 and bought a mobile 1 oil filter with a advertised life of 15k - 20k mi. I figured that this filter being made of better materials, would keep my engine more protected and also ...
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Can you use engine oil past it's monthly change cycle?

Can engine oil be used past it's monthly cycle? If the manufacturer specified the oil/oil filter change interval to be every 5k mi or every 4 months, but it took someone one 1 year 2 months to run the ...
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Risks of overfilling motor oil [duplicate]

What are some risks of going beyond the spec in adding motor oil? E.g. if the spec calls for 4.5 qt and you dump 5, because you don't know what to do with the leftover 0.5 qt in a 5 qt canister.
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Oil-filter chain-wrench repair: is it possible? Nissan NP200/Renault Sandero 1.6.,8v

In attempting to remove my oil-filter, my chain-wrench has broken i.e. the chain part of it. The engine had not been warmed up before(as there is now no oil in the sump) but it was a very hot day. The ...
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A3/A5 ACEA Oil Question

I’m getting confused about what this actually means. My cars manual specifies A3/A5 oil. I can’t find anything labelled A3/A5. Does A3/A5 mean ‘A3 or A5’? Or is A3/A5 a specific grade itself?
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Oil gauge jumps up and down when the motor gets hot and it’s getting hot quickly

Oil pressure goes up and down when my c2500 gets hot and it’s been getting hot quickly the hot part is the head gasket why the oil gauge
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Oil sump bolt: blue-loctite... too tight, even with leverage. What now?

Busy doing an oil change. I have inserted engine flush, and now am ready to drain. But.... I have tried loosening this oil-sump bolt/plug and it is going absolutely nowhere unless I'm prepared to push ...
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barely runs, it seems like no fuel or some electrical problem, but it has no oil pressure, what could this be?

My 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3/4 ton with a 6.0L V8 (LQ9). Has no oil. But it seems like it's not getting gas. Or it's an electrical problem. Truck barely runs, what can this be?
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Very little oil, engine starts and there’s ticking, topped up with oil but the car loses power still. Is it fixable?

My 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE has been experiencing issues with losing power. The engine started ticking this evening, and the vehicle was struggling to start. I managed to get home but we discovered it ...
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I have a Gardner Denver RBS 145/LHBD Blower, Compatible oil level sensor?

We have a Gardner Denver RBS 145/LHBD blower which shut off due to a low oil level. The sight glass for the oil level is in an inconvenient spot that also is potentially hazardous to get to while the ...
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My 2017 Chevy Cruze is reading 76% oil life. Is this bad?

I can’t open my hood to check the oil, but it’s reading 76% oil life. Is this bad until I get to a mechanic?
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What's the black knob near the oil pan?

What's this black knob near the oil pan under my car (2007 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD)? Oil seems to be leaking from or near it (black liquid, I assume it's oil), trying to troubleshoot first leak.
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two stroke engine with an oil pump? possible, why not?

so, in the two stroke engine, the fuel and air passes through the crank case, and it's said you can't have an oil sump in there because it would get consumed into the engine. However, I know like my ...
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Low Oil Pressure in Cub Cadet ZT1 42" with Kohler 7000

I have a Cub Cadet ZT1 42" zero-turn mower. Last month, just after my mower was two years old, a quart of oil was on my garage floor. The shop I bought it from replaced the transmission under ...
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Mustang 2015 v4

Dears, I have a Ford Mustang V4. and I live in Saudi Arabia, and the weather is very hot. Ford recommends full synthetic oil, 5w30, and some engineers here say that it is not suitable for our climate, ...
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Will my car be ok if I put a extra quart of oil [duplicate]

I have a 1995 Buick Regal three weeks ago I put two quarts of oil in it I was checking it today and it’s too full past the full mark but I’m having no issues because of it not overheating or running ...
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How to read if an oil satisifies the motor reqiurments and can it vary a bit?

I'm reading about how to change oil on a honda cbr 500 ra 2016 model. According to the manual, this is the recommendations: I already have Motul 5000 4T 10w-40 HC-Tech in stock. Can I use that? It ...
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Blown head gasket 2016 Chevy Cruze lt 1.4l eco turbo

I have head gasket repair. However I can’t use it with antifreeze in my radiator. How would I got about flushing my radiator with antifreeze in my oil? Do I drain oil first and put new oil in and then ...
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What effects would having no oil dipstick tube have?

So the oil dipstick tube popped out during removal of the alternator bracket, I just can't get it back seated and bolted without removing the exhaust system. I want to test the van 1.6hdi diesel ...
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My 2016 Hyundai accent

I have a 2016 Hyundai accent and I do the oil change about last week if the and took out the oil and put it in different oil but for some reason as I hit the acceleration on the car it starts to sound ...
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Impact of synthetic oil on 1988 Mazda RX7 with 80k miles

We have a 1988 Mazda RX7 with an odometer showing 81k+ miles. We don't know whether it rolled over, but it has at least this many miles. Based on the condition of the car, I'm inclined to think it has ...
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Difference between normal oil and hybrid oil

Trying to buy some oil for my 2020 hybrid toyota camry after finding out its MUCH more expensive in the dealer and they only fill it with semi-synthetic oil. I found the same oil from shell, both are ...
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Switching to heavier oil for hot weather

I have a 5.3 Triton 3V that asks for 5W-20 in the manual, but I live in a very hot climate, where the lowest this season is 20~ celsius and the hottest is 45~ celsius. Will switching to 5W-30, 10W-30 ...
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Will penetrating fluid contaminate engine oil?

Update: I went ahead and changed them without penetrating fluid in the end as suggested in the answer, and they came out quite easily, I'd estimate I needed to use 5-6 Nm to loosen them. Engine was ...
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05 Buick lacrosse

My car said I was low on oil and I accidently put in about 3/4 of a quart of sae30 instead of 5w30. Will it be ok to fill it the rest the way with the correct oil ? What should I do?
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After oil change no oil in car but radiator overflow all oil [closed]

Just took 2013 Subaru Outback in for an oil change. Drove home about 15 miles and have NO oil in the engine. The dipstick is dry and sticky. For some reason checked the radiator overflow and the oil ...
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98 Camry Oil Pump: When does oil need to be replaced?

I removed a 98 Camry 2.2L 4-cyl oil pump to change the timing belt & seals: There seems to be wear in the red annotated area. The wear is only on that half section, not under the lobe with the ...
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What could be leaking motor oil on the transmission of my 1999 Accord 2.3l with 230k?

You see a little oil where the case halves meet, but I put dye in my oil, used a UV light, and this seam glows bright green, while I didn't see anywhere else that lit up very much. It just seemed like ...
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99 Buick Century died while driving down highway. When stopped, smoke was coming from engine

my car died while driving down the highway after I got to the side of highway smoke was coming from engine was white pop up hood. an I seen next to my oil cap a rubber black hose with a rubber elbow ...
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Newer Chevy trucks vs 1990s V8 engine oil capacity difference

Anyone know why V8 engine oil capacity went up significantly from the 1990's era to 2010 and onwards (not sure about exact dates), but I can recall a chevy 350 for the longest time requiring only 5 ...
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