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oil pressure light comes on when l stop at a light or when it idles then l push the gas peddle and it goes off.
When the oil pressure light comes on, the engine oil is loosing oil pressure. I recommend performing an oil change and filter change with a good brand filter. If the light is still coming on, then hook up a mechanical...
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There's like a ticking noise coming from my engine that only happens when I drive on a highway and when stopping at a red light.
The noise that you are hearing from the engine could be one or more lifters ticking. The lifters use oil from the engine to create a hydraulic pressure in them to keep them in contact with the valvetrain. If the...
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I'm looking to buy an 01 cobra but the guy selling it says there is a lifter problem. How serious is this and should I buy?
The lifter is not too much of a problem, but it could be costly to replace if you are having a technician replace it. You can try changing the engine oil and filter and running a oil treatment in the...
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So it hasn't been 3 months/3000 kilometer since I changed oil in my car and it is asking me to change it soon. Do I keep driving or change oil?
Unless you are using full synthetic engine oil with high mileage ratings, I recommend replacing the engine oil. Standard engine oil will burn up all of the additives (cleaning agents) between 2,500 to 3,000 miles or 120 hour of use....
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What is it called and how much to replace?
The air conditioning compressor uses "refrigerant oil" and so if there is a leak on a fitting to the air conditioning compressor it would have to be refrigerant oil. However, it is also possible that the leak is motor oil...
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I have valve lifter noise on the right side of my engine.
The lifter is tapping as either the oil pressure to the lifter has dropped or the lifter is sticking from old sludge build up from the mileage. Try changing the engine oil and filter and see if the lifter noise...
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Autozone says the camshaft timing is "over retarded" and this is causing the engine light to be illuminated.
Try changing the engine oil and filter to a good type of oil and filter. This will help with the VCM system and keep it functioning properly. If the VCM continues to act up and cause the engine oil pressure...
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Oil still leaking after I changed oil filter
Unless there is an imperfection (e.g., serious pitting or irregularities) on the engine mounting base for the filter gasket, the leak is probably not at the filter. There are other adjacent potential leak spots such as the oil pan gasket,...
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my lifters are making noise because i waited to long to get oil. whats your advice im only 22 and trying to learn
If the engine is still making noise after adding oil and getting it back up to the correct level, I would have to question if there hasn't been some kind of internal damage done to the engine. Motor oil performs...
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Volvo TAD734 GE was low oil pressure
Check the oil pressure as the throttle is increased. If the pressure goes up to 4 of 5 bar, then the bearings in the engine are worn causing the drop in oil pressure at idle. If the oil pressure remains...
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Oil pressure just started pegging out under acceleration.
The engine oil pressure sending unit has failed and is sending the improper readings to the computer and the computer is displaying the improper results. I recommend replacing the engine oil pressure sending unit. If you need further assistance with...
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I have a 2015 ford fusion with 58000 miles on it and was driving on the highway and a awful loud ticking noise I drove it home
Since you were running your engine low on oil you may have damaged all the crankshaft and camshaft bearings along with piston and cylinder damage. You would need to have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic...
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Oil pressure gauge drops, idle goes crazy and wanting to die.
Hi there. Either the engine oil pump is plugged up or failing or the engine bearings are worn causing internal oil leakage. The engine is running rough and wanting to stall due to the lack of lubrication. I recommend seeking...
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Engine code P0430 and losing oil
Diagnostic Trouble Code P0430 means that the ECU is detecting below threshold performance from the catalytic converter. The ECU monitors the catalytic converter closely and when a low performance threshold is detected the Check Engine Light will be displayed on...
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The spark plug on my 2005 Nissan Altima on the first one has oil on it. How do I fix it. I need help how too fix it also.
If you are referring for the oil to be on the igniter portion of the spark plug inside the engine, then the oil control ring on the piston could be leaking, the head gasket could be burned and leaking oil...
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My brother-in-law is fixing the car. First time yes it's been going on about two weeks finally the check engine light came on yesterday.
If the spark plugs are becoming coated with engine oil and there is excessive oil in the exhaust system, then there could be three symptoms to check. Symptoms PCV Valve could be plugged making the engine over pressurize and...
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Oil was accidentally over filled.
Hi there. Wen the engine was overfilled by an additional quart of engine oil, then the engine was trying to lock up as the crankcase pressure was too high and the pistons are pressing against the oil. I recommend draining...
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My car is making a ticking sound and the check engine light is coming on then i'll put it in park and it feel like is about to stall out.
Hi there. The ticking noise could be a lifter tapping on the top of the engine or a connecting rod bearing in your engine loosing oil pressure. Check the engine oil level and see if its low. If the oil...
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I have a 1999 saturn. It burns oil fast and has a lot of white smoke from my exhaust. It shakes mainly in idle. What's wrong?
Hi there. White smoke coming out of the exhaust is an indication that the cylinder head gasket is burned or the cylinder head is cracked. When coolant is in the combustion chamber, then engine will shake, the oil will burn...
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Tapping on acceleration Honda hybrid.
Hi there. The noise could be from the lifters not filling up with engine oil until the engine is warm or the pistons have too much clearance causing a condition called "piston slap". Check to see what brand of engine...

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