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What actually happens when there is not enough oil in a car engine?

When a car is topped up with oil, it clear to most people that you are supposed to fill it to the recommended amount as specified by the manufacturer (normally on a dip stick). What exactly are all ...
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How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?

I have way too much oil in my Acura TSX. Do I need to take care of it without turning it on or can I drive it to a service station? If I need to do it in place, I don't have the ramps or a pan or ...
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What actually happens when there is way too much oil in a car engine?

I saw the answers to a question I posted recently highlighting the disadvantages of having too little oil in an engine, but that got me wondering what if the complete opposite were to occur! I know ...
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How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?

I know oil should be changed every 3000 or 6000 miles (depending on the car and conditions) but I'm not all that great at keeping track and I've let the car go for 10,000 miles before and it still ...
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What happens if I change the oil when the engine is cold?

I have always changed the oil in my vehicles with the engine hot, because the manuals always say to let the engine reach normal operating temperature first. Oil change instructions all over the ...
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Leaving car for 3 weeks, change oil before or after?

I'm going on vacation for 3 weeks and am due for an oil change right at that time. Where I live is cold, I may be able to store it in a garage however. My car is a 2017. Should I get the oil change ...
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Garage tech drained oil and forgot to refill. I drove off - what damage could this have caused?

I went to a Quick oil change place, and they drained the oil from my new Fiat 500 and did not refill/replace oil. After I started the car, I drove approx 1/8 mile before engine quit. The car would ...
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Engine oil change and getting rid of old oil completely

After running the vehicle for a certain distance usually we will change the engine oil. This will not only give engine new life with the brand new oil but will also get sludge and other sediments out ...
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Should I perform my first oil change at 1000 miles, or when the manual says?

I've read in various places that you should perform your first oil change on a new car at 1,000 miles or so. But the exact miles are available in the owner's manual. The owner's manual only states to ...
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Everytime I go to change my oil filter it's extremely hard to remove. Any way I can make this easier for me in the future?

I always run oil around the rubber rim of the new filter, and screw it in by hand, maybe a couple of twists with an oil filter strap wrench. But when it comes to removing it, it's a massive ordeal. ...
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How do I select the right oil for my car?

I can give you my cars make and model and the conditions that I drive in, but I'm looking for a general guide to selecting the right oil for a car. I'm not really knowledgable when it comes to cars so ...
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Is it normal for the oil to be dark in color right after an "oil change" in a 10-year old diesel car?

I took my 2002 Jetta TDI wagon to a neighborhood shop about 10 miles, 24 hours ago. They supposedly changed the oil, but the color is very dark, almost black. Definitely not light-colored/transparent. ...
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Oil change with front wheels on ramps?

From the obsessive compulsive department: I've been changing my own oil by driving up on a pair of ramps, draining and filling. Based on a slight overfill condition after adding the specified amount ...
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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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Tips for an oil change at home: cleanliness and disposal?

Drain oil, add new oil... find oil everywhere. It spills, the funnel is full of it when I'm done and drips forever, and I'm pouring kitty litter all over the driveway. If I had a proper garage this ...
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Does engine oil get old and go bad?

Does engine oil actually go bad from just sitting within an engine that's not getting use? I feel conventional motor oil has been sitting underground for millions of years prior to being extracted and ...
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How do I tell if I screwed up my oil change?

I just changed my oil in my 2500 HD Silverado for the first time by myself. I've changed my oil in a 2004 Toyota Camry a handful of times, but I always had a friend supervise me. I need to know common ...
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Should I use open engine oil that was left over from previous oil change

So, I have accumulated 4 Liter engine oil which are left overs of previous oil changes. I have accumulated these amount in 1 year. So should I use it or not? I use Mobil 1 full synthetic 0w 40. ...
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What can I do with used motor oil?

Besides recycling? I've heard, for example, that I can use it to lubricate the drive chain (in a motorcycle / bicycle), but that doesn't appeal to me.
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How to understand different engine oils?

When I went to shop for engine oil, I found many types as such: 5W-30 A5 5W-30 A1 5W-20 SAE 5W-30 10W-30 Also I see other information such as: Fully Synthetic Semi Synthetic Oil Synthetic ...
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Okay to add new oil to old?

Title pretty much explains, I change my oil every 4-6k miles depending on how generous I’m feeling, however will the oil dirty oil that’s already in the sump mix with the clean oil when topping up? ...
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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

If you use synthetic ester-based oil in a relatively new petrol engine, top it up regularly, and the engine runs very quietly and basically without any noise whatsoever (especially after another top ...
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Is it safe to reuse oil that was drained for a repair?

Let's say that I just replaced my engine oil but decided I want to lift the valve covers to do some gasket replacement. I know it may sound cheap but I'd rather not throw away $25 worth of almost new ...
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How important it is to drain all the oil when doing an oil change?

Jettas have a fairing under the engine that makes it hard (impossible) to get to the drain plug without quite a bit of work under the car, so years ago I got an oil extractor so that I could pull the ...
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I used 0W-30 instead of 0W-20. Is it serious?

I have a Nissan Sentra 2014. I wanted to start using full synthetic oil, and the manual said I should use 0W-20. I changed both the oil and the filter (I used this one), and after finishing I realized ...
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A lot of smoke coming from exhaust after oil change (mixed old with new oil)

I put new oil in my nissan earlier today (5w-30) and as I was driving I started to smell what I thought was burning oil, and I noticed behind me excessive amount of smoke while driving. I went from ...
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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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Stubborn oil drain plug caused by hot oil?

I'm trying to change the engine oil but running into difficulties removing the oil drain plug. One of the instructions I followed to change the engine oil was to give the car a short drive prior to ...
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Found small debris in used oil

After I changed the oil on a 2007 Toyota Camry I found debris in the bottom of the used oil container. I used a magnet to test and found the debris to be non-metal. Considering the car age is this ...
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How can I get this broken oil drain cover off?

So I have this broken oil drain cover under my GY6 Chinese Scooter I'm pretty sure it's one of these: The head was rounded and I thought it was just a steel bolt that went through a cover so I put ...
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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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Is the 16,000 km oil change interval for the 2016 Corolla correct?

I recently bought a 2016 Toyota Corolla and the service schedule the dealer has provided has the first oil change at 16,000 km. Given that I did oil changes on my previous vehicle at 5,000 km, I find ...
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Do I need to go to a dealer for a simple maintenance?

I just bought a 2012 CRV. Now, it's time for an oil change. I already moved so the dealer is too far away from my house (may need half day off) and there is no other public transportation to go there. ...
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

Decided to spend time w/my newly-met dad and do an oil change together on my 2014 Impreza Sport. I told him i want to do the work, myself, with his support. I'm fairly confident and have watched some ...
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Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the change oil light system work and does it matter what type of oil you use for it to work properly? Starting last August, I am currently leasing a BMW 328i coupe. ...
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How often do I need to change my oil in a VW TDI?

The manual for my 2003 VW TDI says to change the oil every 12 months or 10,000 miles. My dealer says every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Are they just trying to make twice as much money off my oil ...
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What is the proper course of action after over-filling oil during an oil change?

Managed a very stupid mistake: changed the oil on my just-purchased '03 Kia Diesel Pregio on uneven ground. The drain plug on it is on the side of the pan, exacerbating the mistake. Initially drained ...
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Is it OK to drive Accord with 5% oil life left as indicated?

The 2010 Accord indicates that only 15% oil life is left. Oil level seems to be OK. The driver would rather complete the trip, which is 1400 more miles. At the beginning of the trip there were 20% oil,...
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Did the mechanic damage our car?

I purchased a 125k mile 2005 Toyota Camry in good condition and with a good service history about 5 months ago. It was due for its second oil change since we've owned it so my wife took it in to a ...
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Is it normal for a car's first oil change to be sooner than the regular interval?

Related: When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? How does the change oil light system work and ...
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How can I confirm if my (petrol) car's engine oil was actually changed?

I recently took my car into what is supposed to be the best garage in town (certainly, the most expensive). Foolishly, partly because of their reputation, I didn't take precautions I'd normally take ...
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Excessively over filled motor oil. Ran for a few seconds until smoke came out. Now my car won't start

So last night me and a friend changed the oil on my 2005 Chevy aveo. The only problem was that what we were draining was the transmission fluid and long story short we ended up adding about 6 litres ...
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Can engine oil type cause a car to overheat?

I own a Peugeot 405. At first I was using 20w-50 engine oils but The last time I went for changing the engine oil I used 10w-40. After that The engine temperature rises constantly and (even when it's ...
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How much oil will this fluid extractor extract?

The Griots Garage multi-fluid extractor is an example of a tool that certainly seems amazingly useful and convenient. If you haven't seen it before, the concept is that a semi-rigid tube is inserted ...
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When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates

I have a Toyota Corolla 2008. It has an oil change light indicator. The tech at the one hour oil change place recommends to change it every 3,000 miles but the indicator light only goes off about ...
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In Canada, would doing my own oil change void the warranty?

I'm looking to see if someone can confirm that changing the oil on my car will not void the warranty (I'm in Canada). Links for proof would be nice or get an idea where to look for such things. This ...
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Why are there large differences in oil-change intervals?

I've been reading this site (and simmilar ones) a lot, and I noticed a lot of people (mainly from USA i think) who mention 3000-6000 mile intervals for oil changes. I'm from Europe, and driving a ...
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Using gasoline to clean crank case?

I recently purchased a CRF50 dirt bike and was going to do an oil change on it. I was talking with a friend and they recommended I take the following steps when I do my first oil change to help "...
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How often I need to change the motor oil of the Honda Fit 2008?

I bought a Honda Fit 2008 with 53000 miles, and I want to know how often I need change the motor oil?. Thanks in advance.
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Is it important that the gasket on the dipstick make a seal against the dipstick tube?

I just did an oil change on my 1995 Nissan Altima, and noticed that the gasket on my dipstick does not make a seal inside the dipstick tube. The inside diameter of the tube is maybe 3/32 of an inch ...
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