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I ran my car on almost no oil for a few weeks before realizing the problem. Now what?

It sounds as though you were low on oil, but not out of oil. Your MS6 requires around 5.5-6 quarts of oil, so if you dumped three quarts in to get it up to level, you still had nearly three quarts in ...
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Switching engine coolant with similar properties oil

There's a very straightforward answer to this question: Water has a much, much higher capability to transfer heat than oil. Even if you were able to overcome the safety and design issues brought up ...
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What's the black knob near the oil pan?

If your engine is the 2.7 litre, then that is the oil filter. You can see this in this video detailing how to do an oil change on the 2.7 litre engine. The oil filter may just need tightening a little,...
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I ran my car on almost no oil for a few weeks before realizing the problem. Now what?

When you visit your dealership, have them (and join in if you're allowed into the shop) examine the oil after it's drained. This is important to ask beforehand since some shops use a large funnel/...
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Cylinder leak down test to detect oil leakage

You can do a leak down test but look at your spark plugs first If your burning oil you will see it on your spark plugs. They will be black and have buildup on them. If you find one or two that look ...
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2004 Subaru Forester black smoke oil not accelerating

It sounds to me like you 'windowed the block'. When you lost oil pressure, you were at highway speed, so your engine was spinning decently fast, and every revolution without oil does more damage. I ...
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Cylinder leak down test to detect oil leakage

Not a desired answer, but with no leaks (to ground or into coolant) it's possible that your engine is just using/burning what some manufacturers would consider a normal amount of oil: How much is ...
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Cylinder leak down test to detect oil leakage

I'm wondering if you are having an issue with oil bypass, as in going through the breather/PCV and ending up getting burned through the intake. A simple catch can would prove this out for you. This ...
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Is the dye used for diagnosing oil leaks harmful to an engine?

Yes this is completely fine and what the dye is designed for. You should be able to get a kit at your local auto-parts store.
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2004 Subaru Forester black smoke oil not accelerating

My son had an engine failure on a 2015 WRX, same exact symptoms, connecting rod broke and punched through the engine block on the top side, breaking open an oil galley. 10K mistake after playing with ...
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Gear Oil coming out of the breather accumulator after water wading

Thoroughly flush the diff and transfer box - then refill with the correct type and amount of oil. To prevent this problem - extend the breathers to either inside the cabin or the roof line. This was ...
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Oil leaking into spark plug well despite new gaskets -- is RTV a solution?

I'm not a fan of RTV Others that are professional and hobbyists don't agree with me but, some do. I just don't use RTV, it's like duct tape to me. I get a physiological reaction to the acronym. I ...
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Fixing a gasket oil/transmission fluid leak with epoxy glue - possible reaction with oil?

If it is the oil pan bolt holes that are stripped out, using a Heli-Coil thread insert is the professional permanent solution. Heli-Coil is the inventor of this repair method, but there are other ...
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Is messing up this gasket my fault?

New seals that are too large are unlikey to fit. You need one that has the correct internal diameter. You shouldn't need anything to hold the seal in place. You might benefit from a small wiping of ...
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Oil leak after oil change

I work in a service centre - either the sump plug was put on finger tight and then the tech forgot to tighten with a socket or he didn't use a collapsible washer or the washer was faulty or depending ...
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Oil is leaking to my spark plugs. how do I clean it?

Spray some brake clean in the plug well. Hold a rag over the plug hole and hit it with compressed air. You could also use a small tube and a fluid extraction pump. Or you could stuff rags down the ...
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Oil in my radiator, but no water in my oil

The problem, in general, is that there is a leak between the lubrication system and the cooling system. There are only few obvious where this can happen: One is at the head gasket where oil can leak ...
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Switching engine coolant with similar properties oil

Water has the nice property that it boils at a fairly low temperature, so the vapour pressure rises quickly with temperature and it is easy to design fail-safe over-pressure protection (a simple ...
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Oil leak: any idea of the likely source?

You have to clean the engine bay first When troubleshooting for the source of an oil look you first have to completely clean off all of the old oil, dirt and built up grime. You can get a citrus ...
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Is it possible to confirm that my oil cooler is leaking (without removing it)?

If those are coolant pipes on the side of it, you could join them together so that they bypass the cooler. If the leak stops you know that the cooler was causing the problem. You may also find that ...
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2001 WR426F Leaks a bit of oil out of the breather tube, is it normal?

You may have a bad PCV valve or your rings are getting worn out Your PCV valve controls pressure within the crankcase and assists in dispensing excess oil and running it through the engine as well as ...
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Diagnosing an engine oil leak

On that engine the cam(2), crank(1) and balance shaft(1) seals are the only place that can leak oil behind the timing cover. At 190K I guarantee they are all leaking, Crank usually leaks the worst ...
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Is messing up this gasket my fault?

I went to the dealership, with the old gasket I took out of the oil cooler, and they looked it up and gave me the same gasket I bought the first time. I asked one of the mechanics why the new gasket ...
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Small amunt of oil leaking from between cylinder head and engine block - what does it indicate?

From the image, I'd diagnose this as a valve cover (can also be called a cam cover) gasket which is leaking (as HandyHowie suggested in the comment). This is a relatively easy fix on most vehicles, ...
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My Van Burns Oil Quickly With No Smoke or Visible Leak

Perhaps it's not being burnt. If you're [somewhat] lucky, you will lift the van up and find that there is oil on the bottom of the engine leaking from some seal (oil pan, valve cover seals, crankshaft ...
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I ran my car on almost no oil for a few weeks before realizing the problem. Now what?

You could have them check, with a gauge, the oil pressure (suggest using a gauge otherwise they look at the light and say its fine). But, any resulting damage will only be found on stripping the ...
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I ran my car on almost no oil for a few weeks before realizing the problem. Now what?

Running an internal combustion engine out of oil is just about the worst thing that can be done to it. If the crank case and filter hold 4 quarts, and you had to add three to bring it up to level on ...
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Is it safe to re-use common automotive oil filters?

Re-using the filter as you describe should not be an issue. Clean the rubber o-ring off (paper towel or clean shop rag should do the trick without injuring it), then reapply clean oil to it and it ...
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Is grime near the drip pan a problem?

Try cleaning it as much as possible possible. After cleaning it I suggest you to check your oil levels daily. Check the spot every day or so if more oil appears there. If more oil appears at the spot ...
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Oil leak on engine top

Here's what you do: Purchase a 395 black light like this one on Amazon. Shine it all over the engine and see what it looks like, noting what is reflective and what is not. Purchase some automotive ...
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