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 cover breather blowby

Need HELP! A built 4cyl engine from a reputable shop with 3000 miles on it! I have 2 catch cans, one for the PCV and one for the CCV. I get almost nothing in the PCV catch can but i get about 3 ouces ...
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Pontiac G3 Oil in coolant

I have a 2009 Pontiac G3. There is oil in the coolant but does not have coolant in the oil. No white smoke. No overheating currently. What could be the problem? Thanks in advance
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I need help with 2009 Buick Lucerne- Engine and Oil

I have a 2009 Buick Lucerne. I have recently realized it has been dripping oil. Thought it was another car and it is not a lot of oil. Anyway, this prompted me to check the oil level. I usually do ...
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Oil Level In Dipstick After 600 Km journey. Normal oil level change or not?

I have recently bought a used 2004 Toyota Camry Altise with 180,000 miles on it. Mechanically sound and no oil leaks at all. I have recently completed a 600 km journey today and have noted down my ...
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Engine oil in carpet - how to remove

I was carrying a 5L container of (new) engine oil in the boot of my car. The lid was loose and around 500ml or less leaked out and into the carpet in my boot. Has anyone successfully removed an oil ...
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Oil change and no oil question

We took our Kia Optima Hybrid (2014) to a shop for an oil change. We've had the car nearly three years, no engine issues at all. Normally, my husband and his dad handle the oil changes, but we were ...
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Could my engine be damaged

My daughter first notice the sound when she drove my car. I couldn’t hear it at first, drove home from Detroit to Indianapolis then yes, I could hear it. Come to find out I had very low oil, car kept ...
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Do you change the gear box oil on a Baotian BT49QT-9

I got a Baotian BT49QT-9 Pulse. Change the gear box oil? Some bikes only uses engine oil and it's all in one tank.
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How to “shine a light into the valve cover” to look for sludge buildup?

A little background first. I noticed a small amount of yellow stuff in my oil filler cap last night. Knowing this is a sign of a blown head gasket I was getting ready to cry, but I did some research ...
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Wood chipper engine won't start after being turned on side

I have a Merry Mac LSC wood chipper (similar to https://www.mackissic.com/product/mighty-mac-leaf-shredder-chipper-lsc/). I made the mistake of turning it on its side to remove debris from the blade. ...
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Car ran low on oil, and now won’t start [HELP]

I have a 1998 Chevy Cavalier. I ran my car pretty low on oil I think, I hadn’t checked the dip stick in about 2 months, 2 months ago it was full. There would be smoke coming out the hood when I would ...
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I have 20w castrol and i need a quart of oil but they are out can I add another brand as long as it is the same weight

hello I have 20w castrol and i need a quart of oil but they are out can I add another brand as long as it is the same weight
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Oil leak from throttle body?

recently I have purchased this 2006 Renault Clio MK2 1.2 8V (D7F engine, 108k kms on the clock). While purchasing I saw some oil on the side of the engine but thought nothing of it, managed to lower ...
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How far could a car realistically travel without a sump plug

need an opinion because of an insurance issue. I hit a bump in my car, about half a mile later it stopped, apparently seized. Insurance have had it for a long time, and have had two separate experts ...
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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Oil/Cooling issues

My son has a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L he bought several months ago. The other day he was driving and came to a stop and the engine died, and he couldn't get it started back. After ...
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Is it a good idea to switch to 5W-40 engine oil from 5W-30 after hitting 120k miles?

I've got a 2011 European-spec VW Golf Mk6 Variant with a 2.0 TDI engine (CFHC engine code, Euro 5 emissions standard, equipped with a DPF; no AdBlue, no 4Motion) with almost 200.000 km (roughly 120k ...
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Why do mechanics switch engine on during oil change?

I previously did an oil change at a garage and I noticed they add the oil then switch the engine on let the oil go down and then add more oil befor switching it off and letting new oil come back ...
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Peugeot 207, Head gasket blown?

4 vti coolant has a brownish color and its oily to the touch. I did an oil change about two weeks ago, I'm wondering if it could be connected, the coolant level didn't really budge. I remember the ...
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consequences of using an oil extractor?

It is better to drain oil rather than use an oil extractor because it seems the extractor will leave behind some a significant amount of oil whereas a drain will get out significantly more. However I ...
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Can very low engine oil cause a car to overheat going up a mountain

Noticed partners car overheating going up the mountain then fine. I just replaced the oil tonight as the dip stick was dry
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Will engine be having problems if oil filter causes knocking noise?

Hyundai coupe 2.0 2006. I am about to do an oil change and am planning on using an aftermarket filter as I can’t be asked to travel to the dealer. I have found that ’some’ aftermarket filters cause an ...
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Is it ok not to have oil to the full mark?

I had my oil changed at the dealership for my 2013 Corolla. It is full synthetic oil. The next day, I checked the oil on a cold engine before I started it for the day. The level is not the max but it ...
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I have driven without oil, how can I measure/know how much it affected performance? [duplicate]

Have driven with below minimum oil for a while. No wonder engine sounded bad and even felt like car wasn’t going straight. How can I know how much badly the performance has been reduced as a result? ...
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Best engine Oil for TVS Apache RTR 160 4V?

I have been using the TVS's own Tru4 Synthetic oil but i think the quality of that oil is not that great (Maybe am wrong), please suggest me a good engine oil for my bike. Thanks.
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Is synthetic here referring to a semi synthetic oil?

I need a 10w40 semi synthetic oil preferably shell helix brand. Having looked at their site the bottles seemed to be labelled ‘synthetic’ and not ‘semi synthetic’. However from the site it seems ...
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How is it possible for the oil to fall back to the oil pan soon enough to prevent oil starvation?

This is one thing I don't understand. When the engine is running, the oil is pumped by the oil pump towards the upper part of the engine (cylinder head assembly). I know there are some galleries ...
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Kia Optima A/C - Add oil or not after changing expansion valve and compressor control valve?

I plan to change the A/C expansion valve and the compressor control valve in my 2013 Optima. After proper vacuum, do I just add r134a Freon or do I need to add oil as well. I’m assuming since I am ...
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What is wrong with my dipstick?

Please read my story and tell me what is wrong with my dipstick. Recently, I had a problem with checking my oil level. The story begins about 7 months ago when I drained engine oil and poured fresh ...
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Car consuming oil, leaving soot on ground

I have a 2010 Hyundai i30cw. It's the FD, 2.0L Petrol Engine variant, Automatic Transmission. Around five or six months ago I took it to the dealer for a service - they didn't call out any issues, but ...
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Motor oil requirements on exhaust system

I have been working with 2-stroke engines for quite a while with a motor oil that has doing a great job. It was kinda simple since there was literally only 2 different oils at the gas station for 2-...
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Coolant in the oil

I was topping off my oil and I accidentally splashed maybe an ounce of coolant instead, is this a huge deal or is a splash okay?
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Can I use motorcycle engine oil on automobile?

This question is simple, but I can't find the answer. It is not recommended to put automobile engine oil on a motorcycle because motorcycle is often run with much higher RPM, but what about the in ...
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Is there a special procedure for preparing a new but very old stock engine?

I have a 1979 Austin morris (leyland,freight rover) Sherpa campervan 1979 model 230 with a "17v" "o" series engine 1.7 litre. I am soon to replace the engine with a new old stock (...
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Honda civic 2018 - 11,500km but no oil change?

Just bought a used car (that is currently in preparation and will be ready in three days). Spec: Honda civic 2018 2 years of usage 11,500km Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about cars and mechanic ...
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Running car on low oil

I have a 2016 hyundia accent sedan, when I took my car in to get a oil change the mechanic said you only had about a quart to a quart and a half of oil in your car. Could driving with that amount of ...
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Can a engine that calls for 10w30 oil, run with 5w40 oil without any problems?

I have a motorcycle that calls for 10w30 oil, but all i can find at different stores around my house is 10w40 or 5w40 would either of those ruin anything if i use them instead?
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What does the “HD” stand for in SAE HD-30 oil?

I'm not sure if this is still the SAE 30 oil. Does the "HD" stand for "Heavy Duty" or High Detergent? Thank you!
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What happens when you overfill your oil? [duplicate]

So I done recognized my oil was low... cuz on the dipstick, the two lil dots that are cut out of it... well... the oil was clear below both of em... even the LOW one. SO I went and got some STP and ...
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Desperate for help on low engine oil light 2010 Tiguan

In August 2019, someone hit and totaled my 2005 Toyota Corolla. I purchased a used 2010 Tiguan. From day 0 it has had issues. I drove the car home but as I got off the highway it screamed and flashed ...
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How much Pag oil should be added after recharging refrigerant?

I have a 2003 Citroen c5 which I bought last year, the A/c system has been empty for refrigerant since before I bought it. I have purchased the necessary equipment to vacuum, and recharge the system. ...
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Pulsar RS200 oil leakage near back suspension

There is oil leakage near the back shocker, I got bike checked all oil capping seals are fine and all the necessary changes were done but still oil is leaking.
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Adding Oil to A/C Compressor After Refrigerant Leak?

I recently retrofitted the A/C system on my 1987 Toyota 4Runner for R134a. This included: resealing original Denso 10P15C compressor, flushing the evaporator, condenser, and lines, installing a new ...
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Consequences of using regular oil vs manufacturer specified oil (e.g. vw 505 01)?

Many car handbooks advise use of very specific oils to use that are certified to meet manufacturer specification. What is the consequence of using the same weight/viscosity/type oil (e.g. "5w30 fully ...
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Lawnmower locked up, cannot turn shaft

Thank you for coming here. My dad recently picked up a Craftsman gcv 160 mower. When I unloaded it, I ran it for a while, then drained the oil. Remember, it worked when I got it. The oil was very ...
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Sand in Honda 2200i Generator Oil Tank

So I made a really dumb mistake and forgot to inspect a funnel I used to put oil into my brand new Honda 2200i generator. After filling the oil tank I realized I had previously used the funnel to pour ...
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I've got oil in the coolant, but no coolant in the oil - Renault Twingo RS

I just checked the fluids of my Twingo RS and made de discovery that there is oil in the coolant. So naturally i thought headgasket. But there is no coolant in the oil, no smoke out of the exhaust, no ...
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How does enough oil remain after combustion to lubricate during exhaust stroke

To my understanding, cylinder walls are lubricated by retaining a tiny amount of oil in the honed or otherwise manufacturing prepared cavities in the cylinder walls, so that when the piston rings ...
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A very stuck oil plug

I have a 2005 Dodge Stratus, this is my first time doing the oil change (I'm the 3 owner). I can't get the oil plug off. I have tried a ratchet , wrench and a hammer. The car was warm when I tried I ...
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Adding Gear/Transmission oil to a Kubota L2202?

The 3 point linkage raising & lowering on my Kubota L2202 tractor is not working very well, it's hard to shift, and does not seem to raise to full height. So I checked the transmission oil by ...
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Oil selection for Kia's and Hyundai's

I have a simple question, but it has sent me down a rabbit hole. I want to start changing my own oil in our 2017 Kia Sedona. They recommend a conventional oil 5W30 that meets the ACEA A5/B5 rating. ...

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