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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Is an “oil life indicator” a reliable indicator for when to change the oil?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot with 3600 miles on it. Historically I have always changed oil in my vehicles every 3000 miles, using good quality non-synthetic oil. Now this Honda has an "oil life ...
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Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?

The owner's manual to my VW Golf Mk7 states With the engine at operating temperature, park the vehicle on a level surface to ensure that the engine oil reading is correct. Why is it important for ...
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2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe

I have a Honda Civic 2003 gx 1.7 liter vTec stick shift 4 cylinder. Just today I had to put oil in my car. Drove for about 5 minutes got to a light and when I shifted into first gear a white cloud of ...
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Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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Is starting idle RPM always lower in colder temperatures?

I've noticed that my 2008 Jetta 2.5L 5W40 generally starts up with an idle RPM of at most 1.2K RPM around the freezing temperature (say when the temp sensor reads 33°F), or even at just about 1K ...
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Can I use EP 80W/90 oil instead of EP90 oil?

I have a Belle MiniMix 150 110V Electric Cement Mixer the documentation says to use a EP90 oil in the gear box, but these days it seems that most outlets only sells EP80/90 oil. What is the ...
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Whining noise from valve cover region, Nissan Primera P11 1999

Recently I've been hearing a whining noise from the engine bay. After checking, it seems to come from the valve cover. I've checked the motor oil; level seems ok although the oil is black but not ...
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How could an oil drain plug fall out after 36 days and 2500 miles?

We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. After 36 days and 2500 miles driven, the oil drain plug fell out, resulting in severe engine damage. There was no oil leakage or any sign of ...
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Rounded Oil Drain Plug Dodge RAM

I am changing the oil on a 07 Dodge Ram 1500 with a manual transmission. First surprise was the filter that required a wrench to take off. Second is the oil drain bolt is skipping a lot, I can't get ...
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Slight dent in motorcycle oil filter: bad for flow?

I replaced my motorcycles oil filter the other day and accidentally dented the outside casing of the new one putting it on. I know its probably nothing, but would this impact the flow of oil through ...
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At what level does low oil prevent vtec from working?

Just got my first vtec honda and vtec isn't kicking In and before I take it to my mechanic to see what it is I'm curious to know how low the oil has to be to effect the vtec. My oil level is just in ...
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Oil dipstick with burnt oil on it

That's what my dipstick looks like. Note that it's dry on the picture, there's no oil on it. It has that brownish area which I can't scrape off. I have had the car for a short time and was changing ...
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Lower quality oil vs high quality oil [closed]

tl;dr Which is best? Buying high-quality, longer-lasting, but more expensive oils and changing oil less frequently or buying lower-quality oil but changing more frequently? As I'm trying to find my ...
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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil

The other time I asked my mechanic, are my tires about needing to be changed? He said, naw, another 8000 miles. After driving 7000 miles, I asked another mechanic who again said, long way to go. ...
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2004 Ford Escape Reserve Coolant mixed with oil

I have been using my 2004 ford escape 4x4 v6 for nearly 7 years now since my dad gave it to me. I am not a very technical guy when it comes to car maintenance but I see to it that it is always tuned-...
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Change in engine oil colour immediately after oil change

I changed the engine oil of my Suzuki Swift VDI at 19,344kms (12020 miles) The car didn't even run 100 feet (about 30m) before I checked the oil again, and it was very black in color and had poor ...
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Do different brands of the same oil really make a difference?

I've found several other questions on here that answer, "what's different between synthetic oil and regular oil?" or "Can I use X oil in Y car?", or similar, but nothing that quite answers my question....
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I put too much oil in my car, the level has been corrected now but it's still smoking

I put two quarts of oil in my car, then it just started throwing out smoke almost immediately out of exhaust pipe. Drove it home less than a mile, my husband said i put too much oil. So he drained the ...
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2005 Subaru 2.5 RS - Engine-wise, how damaging is burning oil?

Assuming that an engine always has enough oil to be lubricated properly but burns quite a bit of oil, can it cause any damage in the long-term because it doesn't belong in the combustion chamber? I ...
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Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss

The most recent update is at the bottom. This looks interesting. The Smoke I'm confident the smoke is from burning oil. It's slightly blue, absolutely not white. If the engine is warm and I am ...
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Where on the Jeep Wrangler TJ can I tap into the oil line?

I would like to install a By-Pass filter on my Jeep TJ (2004). Where can I put the other end of the tube going into the filter? I have included a diagram illustrating what I am looking for (where ...
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motorcycle oil for m50B25TU (BMW E34)?

I just bought an e34 from a friend and he said he uses liqui moly racing synth 10w-50 for the engine. My mechanic was quite surprised when I told him and said I shouldn't use that, instead use real ...
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burnt motor oil: do suspended particles burn off, too?

My 2008 Jetta SE, 2.5L, seems to be burning quite some oil — engine looks clean, and there are no spots on the ground, but I've already added a few extra litres of factory-recommended synthetic ...
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Revs shooting up when accelerating in high gears

The other day my '03 Ford Fiesta suddenly failed in 4th gear when I changed from 3rd to 4th. My revs shot right up reaching roughly 5000 without any acceleration then after a few seconds the revs went ...
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Are ester-based oils less or more likely to disappear from the engine? [duplicate]

It is known that some oils are eaten up by the engine, at a rate of up to 1L per 1k miles or so. Are ester-based oils (like Redline 5W40) less or more likely to disappear from the oil pan after going ...
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Does one have to change ester-based fully synthetic oils?

They say that ester-based oils are used in jet-engines, where the oil is sealed, and it never has to be changed. If I use an ester-based oil as the lubricant for my Jetta 2.5L petrol, such as the ...
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very bad gas mileage in a brand new german car

I bought a brand new 2008 Jetta SE (2.5L petrol engine, automatic transmission, 21mpg city, 29mpg highway) in May 2008, which had under 200 miles on it. I immediately within a week drove it from ...
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Does a low oil level mean some synthetic has converted to sludge?

In a 2008 Jetta, 2.5L petrol engine, I started driving more on the highways, and taking longer trips, and noticed a much better mileage than the prior driving that was still mostly highway, but ...
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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How does low oil level cause misfires or VTEC malfunctions?

So a few days ago my 2003 Honda Civic EX started misfiring while accelerating, especially with the A/C turned on, making popping noises, and then yesterday got a P1259 "VTEC system malfunction code". ...
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Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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Audi A6 2.4L 99 - randomly sets off brake warning lights, no abs, no rpm, no A/C

Randomly while driving or standing still I get a bunch of warning lights that come on, beep and blink. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes it will stay on for a few days of driving and turning ...
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Oil in coolant after gasket work 1995 Chevrolet Lumina

I had a coolant leak that turned out to be a bad gasket. Coolant was leaking into the motor. I had the gasket replaced, and was told to change the oil after a few hundred miles. When I did, it turned ...
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Grinding sound during cold start?

I have a 2009 Honda Accord with automatic transmission. Over the past several months, I've noticed a grinding sound immediately after cold-starting the engine. It only lasts for a fraction of a ...
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1998 Chevy Lumina won’t start, crank, or click

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina and recently I have had intermittent starting issues. My brother and I bought a new starter and put it in and it still wouldn’t start. After replacing the starter we’ve ...
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Having Trouble with my 2003 Ford Escape oil light and coolant light

I have a 2003 Ford Escape V6. I'd have to say a couple of months ago my oil light popped on (most of the time only when I hit the brakes), then it would kind of blink a lot until I was on the gas ...
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15k mile oil filter

I have been using M1 in my jeep since I bought it with 22k miles on it. I now have 31k and i am thinking about getting M1 Extended Performance which is supposed to last 15k miles between oil changes. ...
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Oil gauge needle is at highest point

I have an 89 Mercedes 300 SE and recently the oil pressure needle has been stuck at the highest point when I accelerate. The values on the gauge are 0 to 3. When I take my foot off the gas the value ...
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Nissan Micra oil leak

My Nissan Micra is a 51 usually a good runner however today after work on my way down the main road which is 60 my car would not gain speed. It would only reach 40 at a push. When I’ve arrived to my ...
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'92 Toyota Corolla with a oil leak

My 1992 Corolla is leaking oil when driving then pools while parked. Already checked the oil pan and no leak. Where else could it be coming from?
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Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period

I'm planning to get a new petrol (gasoline) car soon. A friend of mine, who worked as a motorbike mechanic when he was young, told me he puts a small quantity (125 ml / 4 oz) of 2 stroke oil in the ...
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Do motor oil conditioners do anything, or are they just a marketing ploy?

It it worth using a motor oil conditioner? Do they actually help keep an engine running better, or are they just marketing ploys?
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Why is my engine quieter with synthetic oil?

I just replaced the oil in my 2004 Jeep Wrangler today - I thought I'd give synthetic oil a try because there was a "Mobile 1 oil and Bosch filter" deal at my local auto shop. Until now I have ...
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Oil burning smell and slow oil leak

I am wondering what types of issues I am most likely looking at with this; My 2003 Ford Escape (V6) has an increasingly pronounced burnt oil smell that has developed slowly over a year or so, coupled ...
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Will I be okay running thinner oil with a minor oil leak on an older car?

Recently when I had some work done I was shown a minor leak, I believe he told me it was the oil pan. It doesn't drip out onto the ground, but if you look closely you can see condensed oil drops on ...
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What happens if petrol is used in a diesel engine?

The question is asked for various proportions : - 10% of petrol - 50% of petrol - 100% of petrol in a diesel engine. PS : not a duplicate of What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle ...
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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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accidentally placed oil in the coolant reservoir in a BMW 325i. How do I fix it and what is the cost?

I accidentally added oil to my coolant reservoir. I have a BMW 325i. The oil light came on and I figured my oil may be low. When the oil was added the oil light warning went off. However, the ...
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How to clean/dispose of oily/greasy shop rags?

I have some rags (as I'm sure we all do) that are covered in oil and other various fluids. Is it alright to wash these in a standard washing machine and then air dry them? Is there a specific ...
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...