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Questions tagged [oil-change]

Often the first job for an amateur mechanic. Questions regarding changing the engine lubricant oil, or problems resulting from doing so.

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Using 10w-30 instead of 5w-30 engine oil

My car is Suzuki alto japan 2017. According to the owner's manual, car manufacturer recommends 0w-20 or 5W-30 engine oil. But the previous owner has used 10w-30 oil. The average temperature of the ...
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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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Change vs Replace Engine Oil (HELP)

So I own a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and I was looking at the maintenance schedule provided. In the document it shows they mention change engine oil and filter for some mileages and in other ...
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In for an oil change, oil drained, but no oil added [closed]

How? I came to a dealership for an oil change. I'm still within my 100,000 mile warranty. With free oil changes for the life of the car. I arrived about 4:55 pm on Thursday. They said it would be ...
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Oil Sensor Light on 2002 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro after Oil Change

Just recently had an Oil Change service done at Brakes Plus (about 4 days ago). I haven't driven it much since, but today I am getting a light on the dash that looks like this: The Check Engine Light ...
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I drove my bike without engine oil for 100kms at 80kmph and more after which it made a shrieking sound and stopped

Hi guys I'm phani kumar and im new here, I purchased hero achiever 150 from KRISHNA SAI MOTORS, MALKAJGIRI, HYDERABAD, India authorized dealer of Hero MotoCorp Ltd. I have been facing many ...
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DSG transmission fluid vs engine oil change

Sorry for a rather rookie question. I am very new to vehicle maintenance, and trying to do my own oil change. Recently I bought a used Volkswagen T5 Transporter 2.0 TDI DSG. And I've been looking at ...
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I over-filled my Honda Rancher 400 AT 4X4 with oil and now it will not start

I have an ATV 2006 HONDA RANCHER AT 400. I over-filled it with too much oil and now it will not start. Is this the cause of it not starting? I checked the spark plug and it’s good. I checked all fuses ...
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Does a pair of “2 ton” axle stands support 2 tons together or they each support 2 tons?

I bought a pair of axle stands that came as a set and it stated "2 ton" capacity on the box. Each axle stand has a sticker stating "2 ton" capacity. Since they came as a pair, does that mean one axle ...
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Maintenance oil change

Why would a tamper seal be installed when I took my vehicle to a meineke shop for an oil change? When it says memo on slip & the shop offers free towing, need I now be worried something is wrong ...
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Experienced shade tree mechanic needs ideas to speed up shop times

I've been an under the table mechanic for quite a while. finally broke into the field via the quicklane at a dealership. Tons of advancement opportunity! So I'm reaching out to others who have more ...
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2015 Hyundai Genesis - Ticking Noise in Engine

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 3.8L 24000 km My car is making a ticking noise in the engine. Almost like a muffled playing card in bike spokes. I especially noticed it after an oil change, but I seem to ...
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overfilled oil, can I drive 1.7 miles to get it drained? [duplicate]

Ok, I have a 2010 Honda Accord 4 door v6 and would typically get the oil changed on schedule with a local Jiffy Lube. Well I got a "15% oil life" light on my dashboard and didn't have enough money for ...
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Is grime near the drip pan a problem?

I’m not sure if I dripped some oil during a previous oil change. Or Is something else happening that I should be worried about? The vehicle is a Sienna 2011 V6.
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Mixing oils of different viscocity

Hi everybody i am asking this question mostly in the context of motorcycle engine but i think the same basic principles apply on a car engine as well. I have changed my motorcycle engine oil with ~...
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I did a oil change but forgot to drain the pan and now I have oil leaking through air intake

It's blowing out thick white smoke and rattling pretty hard, I have motor oil coming out of my air intake and I can't put the air conditioning on cause it just shut the car off. I don't know what to ...
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New motorcycle missed first service oil change by 4k km…what could be the consequences?

So I was looking to buy a used Kawasaki z250, 1 cylinder bike that has around 5k km under his belt. Everything went fine untill I discovered it didn't get its first service at 1000km. I know that ...
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Will different viscocity of oils affect draining ratio of old oil and new oil?

I've read that different viscosity of oils do not mix. If this is the case how do the oils get layered e.g. does the thinner oil float to the top of the thicker oil? I've calculated with the first ...
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Why are car fluid suction pumps not popular with mechanics (for oil changes) and would you recommend them for home mechanics?

They seem like a great idea to me and if the oil is cold it's unlikely to melt the plastic tubing allowing anything to fall in. It seems like an effective method to do oil changes so why aren't they ...
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Do you need to start engine to check level while doing an oil and filter?

I read somewhere that if you change an oil and filter and check the level using the dipstick this will not show the correct level because once you start the car, the oil will move into the filter area,...
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How much oil remains after draining and how to ensure get it out? [duplicate]

This question is not the same as the one cited because that question is asking about the importance of getting leftover oil out whereas this question is asking about the amount left as well as how to ...
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Oil change & resealing of oil pan

OK I got my oil change and my 1000 100,000 mile service and from that they told me I needed to re-seal my oil pan because it had a leak I had to pay $523 and it turns out that $328 went to labor for ...
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Can I determine amount of oil from engine size, cylinder, and/or displacement

Is there a way to determine how much oil I need to put into my vehicle for an oil change, from any of the size, displacement and/or how many cylinders the engine has?
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Can I change my oil filter 2 weeks after putting new oil in?

I recently done an oil change on my Audi A4 Avant 1.9tdi. At the time I didn't have the tool to open the oil filter so i couldn't change it. I've bought the took and am going to put a new oil filter ...
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What engine oil should you not mix together?

Can you mix 0w-40 and 30w oil together and get something like 15w oil? How would that math work? When is it a problem to mix to different types of oil together other than oil weight?
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Oil filter: anti drain back valve (aftermarket) vs no anti drain back valve (OEM)

I'm about to have an oil & oil filter change on my car. I've bought both the oil (a vollsynthetisch 5W-40 from a German firm) and the oil filter (the OEM genuine part, made in Germany too). Out ...
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How to change motor oil on a Chevy Cruze 2017

I have a 2017 Chevy Cruze 1.5L I believe. Is there anything specific that needs to be reset on the digital odometer, and where is the oil drain plug and filter?
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Should I prefill my diesel oil filter during an oil change?

When changing oil in any diesel engine, should the oil filter be prefilled prior to installing onto the engine?
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what would happen if do an oil change now after 10,000 miles with no oil change?

I have a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe with 168,000 miles on it. I think the car oil has never been changed since the the last oil change and filter change when it had 158,000 miles on it. So it has been 10,...
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How long can you drive on below minimum oil before damage occurs?

I've just realised I've been driving around with oil which is quite a bit below the minimum mark on the dipstick. How long before the engine sustains damage like this? If youve done it for 100 miles ...
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Can you mix black oil caued by poor air fuel ration with new oi?

Every time I used to drain and add oil it would quickly turn black. That was most probably because i've been driving with a faulty o2 sensor and apparently the air fuel ration due to this is one ...
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Which vehicle runs the best without changing the oil? [closed]

I was watching the Discovery Channel and a Japanese Engineer said that in Japanese built Engines that the engines run cool enough to not need an oil change unless burnt from overheating. He also added ...
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Did I completely ruin my engine from driving with no oil?(video)

I have a 2004 elantra, not sure how many miles are on it because the odometer has been broken since I got it four years ago but I'd say it's over 200k. It's a car that needs a lot of upkeep and I've ...
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Will Leaving the Washer Off My Oil Drain Plug Cause Problems

I was changing my oil today, after finishing and cleaning up I realized that I had forgot to put the washer back on the oil drain plug. Would leaving it off cause any long term problems with my car? ...
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Drain or top up oil?

My engine oil is kind of black and running low. I know its ok for old and new oils to mix, but is there a reason why on some occasions you should top up and on others you should drain? Also I dont ...
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2018 Ford focus. First oil change

I purchased a 2018 Ford Focus and have drove nearly 8,000. It's over 7,500 for sure. The oil light hasn't turned on even once. I know these newer cars can go a lot longer between oil changes but I'm ...
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How tight to tighten my drain bolts?

I have a 2005 Diesel Mazda Bounty UTE, which is also called a B2500. I want to drain my gearbox oil. How tight should I tighten the fill and drain bolt? Same question for my engine oil, how tight ...
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Difficulty finding oil filter for 2012 Mazda 3

My GF's Mazda 3 S 2012 came with a filter that was Hastings LF113. The almighty interwebs couldn't tell me how that converts to other brands so I went into the book at AutoZone to find it by the make ...
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Is my oil pan drain stripped?

2008 BMW 328i, aluminum oil pan. Changed the oil myself for the first time on this car. When I put everything back together the drain plug is dripping slowly. I go back under the next day to tighten ...
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Had a oil change and now there is horrible knocking

I had a oil change done to my 2002 Ford Focus. When we took it in there was no lights. It took the shop and hour to do my oil change. About an hour of driving my car I noticed a horrible knocking ...
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Dodge ram 2003 4.7 Lifter Repair OR not? Advice needed

Recently I found out I needed to replace my lifters due to engine ticking etc. It might be due to not enough oil being in the engine. During the Fall the oil pressure dropped very low and rose backup. ...
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Running Harley for 100 miles with no oil

The bike just had the oil change, however they forgot to put the oil back into motor. I left on a trip and rode 124 miles before any issues. I starting hearing this loud, loud noise from motor and I ...
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What is the difference between old engine oil and old gasoline and how it affects a car

This happened in the mid 1990s and something made me think of it right now. A family friend ran out of gas 3 blocks from his house. I think he was driving an early 1970s car (if that matters). He ...
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Can I change the oil without changing the filter?

I have a car on which the filter is fiendishly difficult to access (Alfa GT 3.2) and as I want to keep the car running for many years (and drive it quite hard) I want to supplement the manufacturer's ...
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Is an oil change needed this early?

I got a 2016 Ford Focus last January that has 1169 miles on it. I barely drive it, just to campus and back, about 2 miles each way weekdays. About a week ago the indicator came on for an oil change. ...
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5W 30 ACEA C3 engine oil when 5W 30 ACEA C4 engine oil reccomended

The user manual of a 2012 Euro 5 Nissan NV200 recommends using 5W 30 ACEA C4 engine oil. What are the affects of using C3 oil? Is there a huge difference between these two oils two the point where C3 ...
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How important is it to use a Mobil 1 oil filter if you are using Mobil 1 engine oil?

It seems like some oil changing stores do not use a Mobil 1 oil filter even if they use Mobil 1 engine oil. When using Mobil 1 engine oil, is it much better to use a Mobil 1 oil filter?
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Are there any problems in changing oil types? [duplicate]

I've heard in the past that when you have one of the two types of oil (Synthetic or natural) you shouldn't change between them when you do an oil change. But I just called to change my oil and got ...
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Dealership used wrong oil - should I trust them to use the correct oil again?

I have a Toyota Corolla. Since I bought it brand new a few years ago, I always have gotten synthetic oil on the oil changes. I have always used the Toyota dealership. When I got the oil changed ...
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Why was the mechanic using 20/50 oil in our Mazda 1598 cc in a tropical country?

I recently checked my wife's car and its maintenance record and saw that the agency has been replacing the engine oil with 20/50 during routine maintenance. We live in a tropical country where the ...