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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What is the first point of failure on an engine?

I'm curious, if serviced properly, for example every six thousand mile oil change, what would be the first thing to fail on an engine, my guess would be valve stem seals as they are not metal but I’m ...
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Recommend Engine Oil grade for 250cc Oil Cooled Motorcycle Engine

I am using Loncin GP250, 250cc oil Cooled engine. After 500km run, I used motul 20/40 engine oil. Problem is, engine is heating too much. Question is what is the recommended engine oil grade for 250cc ...
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Hands still smell like gasoline after multiple washings, it is safe to handle food?

I have been reparing my weed wacker, so I have the gasoline/oil mixture on my hands. I have washed them twice with hand soap, once with orange soap scrub, once with dish soap, once with hand ...
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P2646 after Head Gasket Replacement…WRONG or NO OIL?

I just had my head gasket replaced on my 05 civic... Driving city speeds felt fine, but I did notice a little bit of rattling, which I thought was just a new sound she would make due to the engine ...
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Honda Nighthawk 250 oil does not rise to the cam lobes

I have a Nighthawk 250 model 1993. I have the problem that the oil not rise to the cam lobes of left cylinder. My actions: 1. Change the oil pump to a new one. Works fine 2. Check the little orifice ...
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318 V8 oil pressure problem

I have a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 318 V8 with about 167,000 kms (100,00 miles). The other day on the highway, I noticed a ticking sound which I interpreted to be valve lifter noise, which ...
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How much oil should drain from a lawn tractor?

I have a Craftsman lawn tractor with an 18.5 HP Intek Engine (97700 series). The manual says it holds 3.5 pints of oil; however, when I change the oil, I am lucky if I can get 2 pints out. (That is ...
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VW 1.9 TDI after total engine and turbo repair burns oil

I recently bought a used VW Passat diesel 1.9 TDI (1997) model. It used to burn oil so I send it for general maintenance in the motor (pistons springs, valves, turbo). It seems that after the first ...
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Will it harm an engine to use 10W oil when it calls for 5W?

I have a 1994 Buick Century with a 3.1L V6. The cap on the oil reservoir calls for 5W-30 oil. I know that the engine is full of 10W-30 oil. I know that the number ahead of the "W" is an indication ...
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How to reset the oil life percentage in my Honda car

My Honda car showed oil life of 15%. I changed the oil, but the oil life indicator is still at 15%. How do I reset the oil life indicator on my Honda automobile?
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Showing Oil Pressure When Engine Cold and Not Running

I noticed a strange problem on my motorcycle last night. I have a 2006 ZX-10R and as I was leaving work, I noticed the oil pressure warning was not on. Normally, as soon as you turn the key to the on ...
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Strange oil consumption in a 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

I have a 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. Here are the facts: I had an oil change several months ago performed by a shop that is quite familiar with this kind of car and has a very good reputation. About a ...
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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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I put transmission fluid in my engine; what to do about it?

I have a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT with the V6 engine. The last oil change was 1 week ago. My red oil light came on, and I read the dip stick and thought I was a quart low on oil. Really it ...
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Poured small amount of oil into coolant reservoir

I poured a very small amount of old oil into the coolant reservoir. I have a mechanic that's 15 minutes from my house. Should I drive it there to flush it out - or have it towed there? (I don't have ...
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Using too much oil between oil changes

04 Econoline 5.4 v8 using 2-3 quarts between oil changes calls for 5w-20 would using a thicker oil slow this down no leaks or noticeable smoke have been using high milage oil for the last 15.000 miles....
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Mayonnaise on tip of dipstick - new car, low miles, well maintained. What to do?

This question is about a 2014 Renault engine fitted in our family car, we've owned it since new and I've done all the maintenance to the book. We chose the petrol engine over the diesel because we ...
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2003 Ford Escape V6 oil light showing

I have a 2003 Ford Escape V6. Like a couple of months ago my oil light popped on (most of the time only when I hit the brakes). The oil light goes off when I hit the accelerator or on motion. And this ...
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Extending oil change intervals by changing oil filter frequently [closed]

I've got an older car with ~170k miles on it. I typically run a 3-5k miles or 6 months oil change interval, which pretty much always ends up at the 6-month limiter. I do this interval so I can run ...
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Oil pressure light and vehicle idle

I have a 2005 Ford Escape XLT, when the car is in idle it will have a vibration and the oil pressure light will come on. When the car is moving, there is not a problem. I checked the oil, there is oil ...
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97 chevy lumina water in oil

Just got a cheap car and noticed the water in it was nasty looking and the oil was looking a bit old. Drove car and temperature rose but never went to red. After changing the thermostat and driving ...
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Standardised engine oil temperature range?

Does anyone know what the (more or less) acceptable standardised range is, for the oil temperature of a car engine? I understand that 40-120 degrees C, seems to be the acceptable range for the engine ...
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Planning to fit an oil catch can into my car. Any problems with this setup?

I own a 2007 Ford Fiesta ST150, I have modified it a little, one of the mods is a cold air intake. I want to install an oil catch can setup, but as the PCV vent is behind the intake manifold and ...
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How long should the engine be off until checking oil level?

I have seen contradictory advice for checking oil level on the dipstick. One advice is that the engine should be off for few minutes so that the oil has time to settle. The idea here is that the oil ...
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Why can a reasonably new car consume oil?

I have understood that the oil consumption between cars varies a lot, more than an order of magnitude. And by this I don't mean that a specific model of car consumes more oil than another model of car,...
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2002 Ford Escape oil in coolant

Oil in coolant in reservoir and have oil leak from oil pan in 2002 Ford Escape. Oil pan is not leaking as badly since oil is in coolant. Is car worth keeping? How expensive? Has 166,000 miles. Just ...
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Pulsar 220dtsi engine oil level

For my Pulsar 220, I started using Motul 5100 15W-50 engine oil. The last time I changed my engine oil, I used only 1 L, whereas the actual requirement prescribed is 1.2 L. It's been two weeks since I'...
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Could an air leak into the valve cover produce creamy brown oil?

I've read multiple threads on diagnosing the creamy-colored-oil issues, but I don't feel like those answers fully pertain to my problem. Most threads indicated that one day the car started acting ...
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2006 Mercedes CLK350 - Oil / coolant leak, or a mechanics mistake?

Can you help me with this challenge. I noticed oil in my CLK 350 coolant just a week after an oil change. How do I determine if there's a leak somewhere or the oil change guys erroneously poured oil ...
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Coolant in the sump. Could that cause the engine to seize?

I drove to the garage with my jeep and switched the engine off, when I tried to start it again it would start but not idle then would not start at all. I then realized the engine is locking. I ...
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Oil sludge residue help

I have a 2007 Dodge Charger with 119k miles.. My engine randomly just seized and died while I was driving.. I towed the vehicle to dodge dealership for diagnostics, and they told me I've been poorly ...
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Got water in oil while flushing radiator. What should I do now?

I was flushing my radiator and I got water in my oil. What do I need to do?
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Engine Oil Too Low

On inspection of my regularly serviced 6-yr old Honda Odyssey, I noticed that my engine oil was almost empty after driving about 300Km. Can a 6-yr old regularly serviced car with no-leaked detected ...
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Ford F250 5.4 Triton - Oil pressure dropped, engine ran rough, won't restart

I was driving home, oil pressure dropped completely down to nothing, started running very rough and died. I checked the oil and was low, but not dry. there was still oil on the dipstick. Now the truck ...
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Why is the oil light on in my new Honda Pilot after 4000 miles?

I have a new Honda Pilot and have put 4,000 miles on it. The oil change light went on and says 30%. Is this normal? Also the oil seems dark.
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Should I be worried about a Clio cough and lights flashing?

I'm driving a rather ancient 2001 vintage Clio that seems to never have had much in the way of upkeep. At the weekend, driving home at around 65-70mph on an A road there was a loud cough, a brief loss ...
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How to clean oil from cooling system?

I'm trying to sell my Citroen Picasso 2.0 HDI and got scammed by buyers putting used oil into the header tank of the cooling system and telling me that the head gasket had blown. Now I need to figure ...
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XC90 D5 Oil fill triggers Engine management code

Does anyone have any documentation/service letters regarding the XC90s engine management code that gets activated when you fill oil to the level? A Volvo garage told me there was too much oil, and it ...
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2004 Pacifica overheats

Heater core had completely busted Coolant leaked into car floor on driver's side Had the heater core fixed Car wasn't flushed out Engine oil empty Engine oil mixed into the coolant Caused a blockage. ...
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Car with rebuilt engine cracked after driving 3,000 miles [closed]

I bought a used 2004 Hyundai Sonata with 120K miles that had a rebuilt engine. When I bought the car, I noticed the oil light would turn on and would stay on if the car was idling. The mechanic who ...
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Did I overfill my diesel engine with oil? [closed]

I put 5L of the correct oil in my diesel car when I noticed it was low. I then had a lot of white smoke coming out of my car: have I damaged my turbo?
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What could cause burning engine oil and a decreasing coolant level

I have 2010 VW Polo 1.2 diesel with 85,000 km on it. One year ago, the display started with the check engine light on and flashing: Pre glow light. Speeds are decreased after 90. After driving 1,500 ...
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Low oil pressure, car doesn't start. Have I damaged my engine?

I have a 97 Cherokee. It was stolen for a few weeks, then I got it back and left it idle for another two weeks. I knew it had an oil leak, but I didn't realize the extent of the leak until my car ...
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Did the mechanic ruin my car with double dose of oil?

I brought my new car in for its 3rd oil change. When I was driving back to work the car started sputtering and billowing black smoke out the tail pipes. I brought it back to the dealer and they told ...
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Engine oil requirements

I ride a 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 (around San Francisco / Bay Area), which is water-cooled and supports 10w30, 10w40, 10w50, and 20w50 motorcycle oils. However, the manual says not use 10w30 oil when the ...
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What's generally on the other side of the oil filler cap where oil is poured?

I'm curious: When I pour oil into the engine via the oil fill port that my oil filler cap seals off where does all that oil go initially? What parts get first dibs on the oil before gravity pulls it ...
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Dipstick Readings

My dipstick is reading lopsided no matter how many wipe, insert, wait and reads I do. On the front side the level is in the cross hatch and halfway up one side of the stick. The back side shows just ...
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Should I have run out of engine oil?

I have a Holden Captiva 5 LT (2013, petrol 4cyl) I had noticed the other day that my light for "Dangerously Low Oil Levels" had come on. From my limited knowledge of cars, If my oil was filled last ...
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proper oil for 1940's era aluminum ford engine

I would like to know the proper oil to use in a Ford GAA engine from around 1945. Could be as late as 1958. From a series of photos of a GAA being restored on Flickr. Currently this engine has all ...
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2002 Ford Focus SE. Too much oil?

The car was making clicking sounds and I checked the oil. Seemed to not registered much on the stick. I added 3 quarts of the proper oil and drove down the road. Within 1/2 mile it was sputtering and ...