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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Valve tap after engine is warm

I have what i believe to be a tappy valve in my 1991 4Runner, V6. It's quiet when the engine is first started, before the oil is warm, presumably. Once the engine up to temp the tap comes back. Does ...
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What does exhaust smell on oil and transmission dipstick mean?

I was inspecting a used car and the oil and the transmission dipstick smelled of exhaust (carbon monoxide?). What does this mean? Does it mean that the engine's gone bad and I should stay away from ...
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2006 Scion XB Using Too Much Oil

My 2006 Scion XB is very old with 222000 miles on it. It is going through oil very quickly. It uses an entire liter of oil every 500 miles. What is the problem here. Is this too expensive to fix, or ...
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Oil in Coolant, Renault Megáne MK3 1.6

Yesterday while topping up my screen wash I noticed that I have oil in my coolant tank so I took the car to a mechanic that has said it doesn’t seem to be the head gasket as it’s not showing signs to ...
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Top off gas with old oil, is that bad?

When I change my oil I don't like going all the way back to the station to drop off the old oil and I don't want to pour it in the river, so I put 17 gals of premium in my 18 gal tank and then top off ...
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I overfilled my engine oil double its amount and ran it for 2 mins

I overfilled my engine oil double its amount and ran it for 2 mins. working on my vehicle with only a french manual I though I drained the oil when in reality I drained the transmission oil (super ...
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Overfilled Engine Oil [duplicate]

My dealership overfilled my engine oil in my 2014 Forester in Jan 2019, by 2 litres. I complained of problems with the car chugging, sometimes severely, several times. I drove the car for 6-7 months ...
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How fast a 2 stroke engine wears, how much fuel it consumes(compared to a 4-stroke engine) and how to properly mix fuel with oil [closed]

I want to buy a 2 stroke engine to build a minibike. I am 15 years old and i never owned a 2 stroke engine before. I know they wear faster and consume more fuel than a 4 stroke engine. But how fast ...
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Seized engine due to being run without oil

I have a 2004 Trailblazer. My daughter called and said the oil pressure dropped to nothing and it died and wouldn't start. My husband checked it and said she had hit something hard enough to rip the ...
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aluminium particulates in manual transmission oil

I've removed the center differential part(s) from a 2001 subaru legacy to find that one of the internal parts lost its alignment/position (began to move axially) and began wearing away small areas of ...
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Can I use ACEA A5 engine oil for my engine with recommended class API SJ/SL, ILSAC GF-3?

According to manual for my car the recommended class of engine oil is: "API Service SJ, SL or above, ILSAC GF-3 or above" Can I use ACEA A5 engine oil for this engine?
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BMW 118i (2006), Car stopped in Midde of the road and won't start

Had frequently many problems with car. I will start with the noise coming from the engine when it was cooled down(especially in the morning). Once it get warm the noise faded away. Few months ago it ...
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Double the amoun of oil in my 98 Honda CRV [duplicate]

I filled my oil to full mark in dipstick on Sunday. It is a 98 Honda CRV. Tonight I discovered that a friend of my granddaughter has filled it to double that amount, its the same distance up my ...
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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 ...