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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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Serve oil leak 1999 honda

I have 1999 honda accord lx it's be3n leaking oil and last 3 days car will just die by driving
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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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can i use api CJ-4/SN in a gasoline car?

I have an old gasoline car which require SAE 15w-40 engine oil, but such an oil for gasoline engine is not available in my country. I recently found some diesel oil which has API CJ-4/SN or other ...
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I grabbed and used wrong oil on my 2014 Chevy Silverado

I put 0W30 in my 2014 Chevy Silverado instead of 0W20. Do I need to change the oil right away or will that be fine ... I live in Massachusetts if that matters.
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Brake Oil Production or Expiry Date?

Ordered some brake fluid oil and it arrived today. There is only 1 date on the bottle. Is that date the production or expiry date? My assumption would be production based on there being a what seems a ...
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How long is 1 qt extra oil safe to drive on (manufacturer calls for it during track days)?

The manual for my car calls for adding an additional quart of oil during track events. I always empty the excess when I get back home from my local track. But there's an event next year at a track ...
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Metal piece connecting to oil pan hose loose

So I noticed oil leakage during high RPM on my car (1999 Saab 9-3) and when I looked underneath I found that the hose connecting to the oil pan was loose and the area around it was damp with oil. Upon ...
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I have just put oil in mycar & its about 13mm over the max line on the dip stick i havent driven my vehicle since i put it it is it o.k?

My oil was low in my Mazda Atenza so I put oil in & it went over the max on the dip stick of 13mm I haven't driven since I put the oil in is it alright or do i need to siphon ??
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Engine vs Hydraulic oil. 10W30 vs 10W60

We have a second hand Hustler Super-Z zero turn mower, for which I need to top up the hydraulic oil. The mechanic when he serviced it, gave us two types of oil 10W30 and 10W60 and told me not to put ...
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How can I tell if my engine has oil sludge issues? (Toyota Camry)

Driving a 160,000 mile '99 Camry and I'm aware the first iteration of the 1MZ-FE (non-vvti) is notorious for having sludge buildup. How can I tell if the issue is already present? I am planning on ...
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Should I leave the oil filler cap off for 15mins before checking level?

New to car ownership, I was confused by this oil checking procedure in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson owners manual: It sounds like I should take out the dipstick and oil filler cap immediately after ...
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Confirming Head Gasket Only Culprit

Model: Mercedes Vito 638 108 CDI, 2.2L, 1999 Mileage: 270,000 Km. My exact question is: Does my head gasket need to be replaced (is this the source of my problem), and is this the ONLY problem ...
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Effect of engine oil on piston rings

I reassembled my pistons and put new rings in. After some trouble with leaky valves, I re-ground them, sealed them tight, and put the head back on. I was getting pretty good leakdown results (using an ...
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Smoke coming from hood. Car turned off . wrong coolant was added..Why wont car turn on or what could be the issue

2011 Toyota Camry got an oil change and friend added coolant (dont think it was the right one). For a couple days when i would drive car would make loud noise. Drove it for couple days when one day ...
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Are diesel and gasoline engine oils fundamentally different?

I'm trying to source 15w40 oil for a marine engine (indmar monsoon 325 - a marinized version of a centerbolt SBC), however I'm not finding any conventional oils at most automotive stores near me. They ...
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How bad is it to use 5W-30 instead of 5W-20 in a car?

I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The oil cap states that the engine is to use 5W-20 oil. I just realized that when we had our oil changed a few weeks (months? hard to remember) ago, it seems the ...
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Changing Oil vs Adding Oil

My vehicle drinks Oil nearly as quickly as fuel. The manufacturer recommends changing oil every 10k miles. The vehicle needs oil fill-up every 3-5k miles. By 10k miles, with 2-3 new oil top-ups, isn't ...
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