Questions tagged [oil-change]

For questions regarding changing the engine or transmission lubricant oil, or problems resulting from doing so.

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Is the procedure for an oil change different for a turbocharged engine?

I recently upgraded my ride to a 2011 Taurus SHO. I usually try to change the oil as soon as possible after a vehicle purchase, just to be safe. I'm not used to turbo cars, as this is my first, so I ...
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Will a small engine oil overfill damage the engine or turbo?

I own Suzuki Swift diesel, the engine is 1248cc Fiat sourced diesel engine with a small FGT turbocharger. I overfilled the engine with about 1/2 litre too much engine oil and drove at high speeds on ...
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Oil leak after oil change

Had my oil changed, went home, went back outside later, and found a puddle of oil under my truck. I called the shop and they said bring it back again. Then they told me that someone had put an ...
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Driving after oil change - break in period?

There are found plenty of threads about breaking in a new engine after a rebuilt/ring job etc (rebuilt car engine, new car engine, moto engine, moto again) but I haven't been able to find one on how ...
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Engine oil light stays on for 4-5 seconds during cold start

I own Suzuki swift diesel. When I start the car in morning for the first time in day, the engine oil light stays on for 4-5 seconds after engine has started and then goes off and never comes back ...
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Oil pressure light stays on for 4-5 seconds after cold start

I own a Suzuki Swift diesel. When I start the car in the morning during first time in the day, the oil pressure light stays on for 4-5 seconds after engine has started. Also when I restart the car ...
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Overfilled the engine oil by 400 ml

I own a Suzuki Swift diesel. The engine is Fiat MultiJet 1.3 with engine oil capacity of 3.1 litres and I poured in 3.5 litres and drove for about 50 miles. Will this hurt my car's engine ?
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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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Why are oil changes made more difficult by filter location, undertray, etc? [closed]

Why can't they make it easier to change oil? I would like for it to be as easy as filling the car with gas... so that you don't need to take off a stupid brush guard (or need a wrench at all) and ...
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Self oil changes on warranty [closed]

I have a 2014 Kia Rio. I have been doing my own oil changes since after the first one by the dealer. I have not kept the receipts to the oil I have purchased. If something goes wrong down the road ...
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How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter?

I am hearing mixed opinions how much should I tighten an oil filter. Does it depend on car or filter type? How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter? Thank you. ...
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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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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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Which provides better engine flushing, traditional flushing oil or adding a flush additive to old oil?

Background I think that my vehicle would probably benefit from having it's lubrication system being flushed out at it's next oil change. Checking prices of flushing oil at local suppliers I noticed ...
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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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Jeep Wrangler Sahara (86,600kms mileage)-Oil change

Is it okay to mix Mopar 5W-20 with 1.5 liter of Total Quartz 5W-40? Driving in the middleast
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Checking oil on a newly-aquired used motorbike

I've recently bought a used motorbike and am unsure of how to gauge the age/condition of its oil: Neither did I fill the oil in the first place (so I don't know what colour it used to be) nor have I ...
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Are mutliple oil and filter changes necessary to 'clean' an engine?

I was having low oil pressure issues on my 2007 VW Jetta. The oil pump filter was dirty because the previous owner didn't did the minimum oil changes. I took it to a mechanic and he did an oil ...
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Oil pan worn/ mazda6

Hey guys I went to the dealership and they told me that my oil pan threads are worn. My question: Is this major thing? And is it safe to drive? Because I told them I'm gonna travel to Florida by my ...
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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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What is the correct procedure for removing and replacing the oil pan on a 2006 Corolla?

I believe there is a clog in the oil pan that is preventing me from fully draining it. I'm too cheap to buy a copy of the Hayne's manual for the 2006 Toyota Corolla. The specific information I am ...
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Mixing Oil Types

I have a 2009 Accord with about 122k miles. I have always used conventional oil but recently I had the car to the dealer for a recall that involved replacing engine parts and oil change. However they ...
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I changed the oil and might have put too much in. What do I do?

I just bought a Subaru Baja 2005 and decided I needed to change the oil. I got the right oil and filter and got my mom and younger brother to help me. We drained the oil and tried to take off the ...
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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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How do hybrid's with all-electric mode typically handle oil changes?

So, I'm researching getting a Ford C-Max Energi. It fits well with my commute range (approximately 20 miles a day). I understand that after the battery is depleted, a conventional motor kicks on and ...
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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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Changing motorcycle oil

How do I change the oil on my motorcycle? I can see where to check the level, but how do I drain it? It's a Honda CB400 2011 model
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Why does my garage insist on using an engine flush when changing the oil?

My car handbook lists what should be done at each service, and it does not say “engine flush” should be used. The main dealers don’t use it. Yet most small garages seem to insist on using it at ...
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Effects of loss of oil pressure after oil change [closed]

I'm curious some people say change oil every 3k miles, 6k, 10k and some even every 20k. What seams best for the engine and give the best protection would be the shortest interval 3k however I ...
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How often should I change my Nissan Sentra's (2012 model) oil?

I have a 2012 nissan sentra. Here is the manual. I looked into it but it doesn't seem to indicate the frequency of which I should change the oil. It does mention that the oil change light indicator ...
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Car stored for 6 months shows low oil level after 300 miles

Just bought a car from a BMW dealer and the guy told me it was sitting for almost 6 months before I came to purchase it. When I left the dealership the oil was above the min mark showing green. Drove ...
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What oil should I use for Hyundai Sonata 2004?

What oil should I use for this car? How do I know when I should change the oil for my car?
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Unable to remove oil drain screw

Ok first oil change I've ever done the plug will not come out? I used a bar cheater bar it turns and turns but will not come out. what do i do? I deliver pizza I need this vehicle. Its bad enough I ...
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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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Damage from the Brief No Oil Pressure after Oil Change on Start Up

I was taught to fill the oil filter most of the way when doing an oil change. Usually, by the time I put the oil filter back on, I'm pretty annoyed and just put the empty filter on. I do put a light ...
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Do additives within oil separate?

Draining excess oil tomorrow and wondering after leaving the car overnight will any additives within the oil separate sinking to the bottom of the sump? If so how long of a drive should I take it ...
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What are the effects of excessive oil changes on an oil pump? (read description)

I would like to know what the effects on an oil pump are when oil is changed. Obviously after changing the oil filter the engine will run dry without oil pressure for the first few seconds while oil ...
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How can I empirically evaluate the condition of my used motor oil at home?

I changed my oil recently, and my careful scientific observation led me to discover that it was black and a bit runny. Not clear golden like new oil, but neither tarry sludge like a haven't-serviced-...
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Filled oil with 10L - the car now has problems with the engine cutting out or badly vibrating the car

My husband added 5L of oil to the car, he was told to add another 5L. Now the car makes a very loud sound almost like a vacuum. The car switches itself off when started. Speed picks up very slowly (...
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How often to change oil if vehicle gets under 1500 miles per year? [duplicate]

For non-synthetic oil, how long can you go without changing the oil if you regularly only use a vehicle a couple times per month, for 30 miles per drive? That's a total of only 1000-1500 miles/year, ...
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How many liters of oil do you use for servicing?

Honda Accord 2003 V6 service maintenance?
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Oil pressure low on an 84 Ranger

I've recently changed the oil and filter on my 84 Ranger 2.8L V6. I used 10w-30 dino oil and filled it in range on the dip stick. I noticed that after I changed the oil, the oil pressure gauge (on ...
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Oil leaks after oil change - shop says engine oil pan gasket needs to be replaced

I brought my 2000 Honda Civic to my local Castrol shop for an oil change. After leaving for work the next day my wife told me there was a three foot wide pool of oil where my car was. I moved my car ...
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BMW 320i Gearbox lubricant replacement

I own a BMW 320i series 1997 model, ever since i bought it from its first owner i took it in for service two times but to my surprise the mechanic did not replace the gearbox lubricant/oil. I would ...
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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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JLO Rockwell 2F600

I have an old hovercraft that uses a small aircraft engine in the front to power both the lift and forward propulsion. I was hoping to find any kind of manual or literature on the engine itself. The ...
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How to clean engine when oil is contaminated with metal shards?

During a recent oil change Istripped the oil pan bolt. It took a bit of trial and error for me to realize the stripped hole was a 14mm 1.25 thread so I got a tap and rethread it to 14mm 1.5 thread ...
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2006 Infiniti G35 - Blown engine following Kwik Kar engine flush

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy post.) Background 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe, 6-speed manual, 112K miles. I bought the car from a friend when it had about 50k miles. He had the car for the ...
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Does VW T40057 drain all 6 litres of oil in 2008 Jetta 2.5L?

I came across the mention of the VW T40057 tool, that can be attached to the oil filter housing, and lets you drain the oil without creating a mess. However, it's not very clear whether or not this ...
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How much more slowly do synthetic oils degrade compared to conventional oils?

I don't drive my car very often and in the 13 years I've owned it I think I only ever reached the 5000 mile limit once during a long roadtrip; instead I always end up driving only about 2000 miles in ...