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Following a complete car tune up with full oil change, the oil light has come on during freeway driving - no overheating and oil level okay.
The noise that you are hearing is the lifters tapping on the engine as they are not getting any oil. The best thing to do is find out what type of engine oil was put into your vehicle from when...
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I have 01 Hyundai xg 300 and I think its leaking oil by the water way to fast. It started smoking by the front passenger side by the belt.
Check the engine valve cover, the engine oil cooler lines, and the front crankshaft seal. Look to see where the engine oil is leaking from and see if the part is serviceable or not. If the front engine crankshaft seal...
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Engine sounds loud when first started then quiets down. Should I be concerned? 2012 Dodge Ram
Hi there - your symptoms suggest an oil supply or oil deliver issue when the engine is first started. Check the oil level first, then check to see what "weight" oil (i.e. 10W30) was used for the last oil change....
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Can an oil dipstick swell?
The dipstick is mostly metal and thus will not change dimension in any appreciable way. Perhaps the mechanic was referring to changes in the amount or level of engine oil? If you happen to take a lot of short trips...
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Check engine and oil light on
If your vehicle's check engine light illuminates, there is a malfunction that should be diagnosed and repaired. If you request a check engine light diagnostic, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic would use a code scanner to retrieve diagnostic trouble code(s)...
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Engine Burning Oil
If the engine did not have excessive oil consumption prior to the repair, the rings are not likely to presently be the cause of excessive oil consumption unless you have somehow ruined the rings "overnight". There are two principal possibilities....
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Car is low on oil and trying to see which kind is needed for Porsche Panamera hybrid s 2014
You should only use 0w30 or 5w30 full synthetic oil that is authorized by Porsche.
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WHAT IS THE RECOMMENED ENGINE OIL FOR ISUZU RODEO 2001
Your vehicle requires oil that has a viscosity rating of 5W-30 and is API (American Petroleum Institute) certified for service level "SN". Synthetic oil is always preferred but you can use synthetic blends, conventional oil or any combination thereof. If...
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Over filled oil gears shift late on turns. Will draining excess resolve issue?
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several things that can happen when you overfill the oil in your engine. The damages can range from high oil pressures (and stress on the system), to complete engine failure. With that...
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Changed the oil yesterday. Started car this morning and it is pouring out white smoke. Gasket? Too much oil? Not losing coolant
The 5W-30 oil should be removed from the engine because that viscosity is not recommended for your car. However, the wrong viscosity oil does not account for the smoke. You can verify whether the oil level is too high, or...
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Knocking in my motor
Unless the engine overheated, the head gasket would not necessarily be damaged by running low on oil. Ticking type noises are usually associated with wear in the valve train. In some cases, low oil pressure will be the cause of...
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I put extra one quart of oil in my car. Is it OK to drive as usual?
The engine oil level should not be maintained above the "full" mark on the engine oil dipstick because such can result in a circumstance where the rapidly turning crankshaft entrains the excess oil and whips it up into a froth....
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New motor now electrical problems
If it's a "new" motor, and the bearings are possibly dry (they shouldn't be, but you never know), you can pre-lube the motor by using a Pre-Lube Engine Oiler Tank. After ensuring there is oil throughout the motor, verify that...
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I think I blew the motor, I went through a deep puddle if water.
Hi there. If you see a hole in the bottom of the engine and oil is coming out and the engine will not crank over, then your vehicle has thrown a rod due to hydro locking a cylinder. The engine...
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Oil for my car 2005 Hyundai Accent
You should not use the thicker oil. The recommended oil is the proper viscosity for the proper lubrication of the motor as it was designed. Using the thicker oil may damage engine components from lack of oil lube getting to...
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What materials do you need to do an oil and oil filter change?
In order of importance, you need safety glasses, nitrile gloves (or like gloves that will effectively keep used oil off your skin), a low capacity torque wrench (to re-tighten the drain plug typically to 18 ft. lbs., but see your...
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Engine light was on it started with a slight knock on a cold morning. It didn't stop and it got worse.
Hi there. Depending on the sound of the knocking noise and where the noise is coming from on the engine will determine if the engine needs replaced or not. If the noise is near the top of the engine, then...
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Oil Viscosity
Toyota's technical advice insofar as oil viscosity for the 2007 Avalon is as follows: "SAE 5W−30 is the best choice for good fuel economy and good starting in cold weather. If SAE 5W−30 is not available, SAE 10W−30 may be...
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my beetle burning oil
The specifications for the engine oil on your vehicle should be on a sticker under the hood. Normally, it is located on the radiator cover, the front of the hood, or on an emission sticker near the firewall. The information...
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Oil leak?
Check to make sure the oil fill cap, typically on the valve cover, is in place. If it is engine oil (and not power steering fluid for example), possible leak points are the oil pressure sending unit, valve covers and...

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