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How to Check the 5 Essential Fluids in Your Car
Checking your oil and adding engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid are essential for maintaining your car.
Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change
Oil changes keep your car engine running smoothly. Rough idling, slow acceleration, and engine noises mean you need to replace your car oil.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Pressure Sensor
Common signs include the Oil Pressure Light coming on or blinking constantly despite oil levels being fine or the oil pressure gauge reading zero.
How to Top Up the Oil in Your Car
Regular car maintenance can make a...
Is it Safe to Drive With the Oil Light On?
The Engine Oil Light indicates low engine oil levels or low engine oil pressure. Pull over and check your engine oil to avoid major engine damage.
How Much Oil Does My Car Take?
Motor oil is vital to engine function. Usually 4-cylinder engines use five quarts of oil, 6-cylinder engines use six quarts, and V8 engines use eight.
How to Read a Motor Oil Label
Read an oil label to know the right type of oil to use in your car. Some new engines require synthetic oil, while older engines use conventional oil.
What Are the Risks of Switching to Synthetic Oil in Older Cars?
Older cars usually have to use conventional motor oil instead of synthetic motor oil. Switching to synthetic can cause engine leaks or engine damage.
Do Cars Need Oil Changes More or Less Often As They Age?
Car engines wear out as miles add up. Older engines and engines with high mileage have lower tolerances, making more frequent oil changes necessary.
When Should I Change My Oil?
Changing oil in your car needs to happen at specific intervals. Oil change intervals vary, but it's best to change oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles.
How the Engine Lubrication System Works
Car engines need oil to work properly. Motor oil lubricates engine parts and helps prevent overheating. Changing oil on time helps your engine last.
How Does Oil Lubricate an Engine?
Oil is an essential fluid in your car engine. Motor oil lubricates engine parts and prevents car overheating. Changing oil helps extend engine life.
How to Check Your Oil
Changing engine oil is an important part of basic car care. Check motor oil on the dipstick to know if you need to add oil to your engine.
What Type of Oil Should I Use?
Changing oil in your car is among the most important car maintenance tasks. Your engine may use synthetic motor oil, conventional, or either oil type.
Do I Need to Change My Motor Oil for Hot or Cold Weather?
Outside temperature can change how motor oil works. Multiviscosity motor oil makes it easy to keep your car running efficiently all year around.
Why Are 5W-30 and 5W-20 Oils So Common?
Changing oil is one of the most important car care tasks. Most cars use 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil because those oils work best in hot or cold temperatures.
How to Prevent Motor Oil Sludge
Regular oil changing in your car helps prevent sludge. Motor oil sludge can cause worse gas mileage, low oil pressure, and damage to engine parts.
What Is the Shelf Life of Motor Oil?
If you plan on storing your oil, it's good to know how long motor oil lasts. Store your motor oil in a cool, dark place to make your oil last longer.
How to Properly Store Motor Oil
Some drivers like to store oil for future oil changing needs. Keep the container sealed and in a cool, dark place to make your oil last longer.
What Is the Difference Between Regular and Synthetic Motor Oil?
Regular and synthetic motor oils each have their own benefits. Choosing the right oil for your engine depends on your car's age and how you drive.

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issues after toyota repaired scon tc engine due to excess oil consumption test failure
The extended warranty (there was no recall) that Toyota has offered on your vehicle, in response to the excessive oil consumption issue, only includes the short block, consequently all cylinder head components are excluded. You should measure your oil consumption....
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What type of synthetic oil would be best for 2008 honda accord
There are many different brands of API certified synthetic oils on the market that work better than regular oils and it will come down to preference and price. I personally like Mobil 1, Kendal and Pennzoil. These are top name...
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Very bad oil leak. I put 5 quarts of oil in my car before going out of town. After I drove about an hour and a half it was gone.
Large external leaks can be readily diagnosed. I suggest you just request an oil leak diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. It's possible to have multiple leak points on a engine and...
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Blue smoke from tailpipe
Bluish tinted smoke from the exhaust means that there is an internal oil leak into the combustion chambers from the valve guides, valve stem oil seals and/or the piston rings. Cylinder compression can be tested to get an indication of...
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My vehicle was running great. After I had the oil changed it was cutting out and had to replace my vvt solenoids. Now overheating?
A oil change cannot cause any of the problems you are having unless the incorrect viscosity too thick of oil was put in. Your engine calls for 5w20 motor oil and synthetic oil is recommended. If too thick oil is...
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Can I use 5W20 oil instead of 5W40
The quick answer is no you should not use 5w20 when 5w40 is recommended by manufacturer. The thinner oil may not lubricate the internal engine as designed. The turbo also needs synthetic oils to withstand the heat of the turbo....
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How sound are 2014 Buick Regal Turbos? I am having to replace the turbocharger already?
You did not state the mileage you have but your turbo should not go out so soon. I would recommend using a high quality synthetic oil of correct viscosity for turbo engines. This oil may help prolong the life of...
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Synthetic oil brand
We would use Castrol 5w30 oil. The vehicle does recommend full synthetic but it is not required. You would have to request the full synthetic Castrol 5w30 or the standard Castrol 5w30 oil. If you special request a different oil...
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what type of oil should I use for my 2017 Chrysler 200s
Your engine requires 0w20 oil. You should always follow the recommended oil that is printed on the oil cap of the engine and in the owner's operator manual.
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I got a oil change and now my oil has a major leak coming from the top what can this be?
You may have got oil spilled on top of the motor by whoever did the oil change. Double check the oil filter is not leaking and check oil level. If you suspect the shop did something wrong during oil change...
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Oil Gasket Leak
Without knowing what the leak is I would have to agree with the last diagnosis that it should be done ASAP. This is because most oil leaks can get worse over time and can cause the engine to get low...
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How can i start my '01 honda accord to put in bars leaks permanent gasket fix when there is oil on the plugs?
You will need to clean out all the oil from the spark plug holes and clean off the wire boots so it is not shorting out. The best fix is to replace the valve cover and spark plug hole gasket...
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My 131,000 mile vehicle is losing oil. First noticed this summer in NC. Brought car to Toyota dealer, was down about 2 qts. Check
This sounds like pretty serious consumption. To verify the consumption rate, make sure you check the oil level under the exact same conditions each time Be sure the car is on a level surface. If you check the oil with...
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Low oil frequently
It is considered normal for a cars engine to consume some oil under normal conditions. Most manufacturers have an amount for their engine oil consumption and is on average a quart of oil for every 1000 miles is considered normal....
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Do i have to use synthetic oil in my bmw
The manufacturer recommends 5w40 or 5w30 full synthetic oil only for your car's engine. I would recommend only using full synthetic oils.
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Oil
Yes you can. Most newer oils are much better now and 5w30 is a good alternative to the 10w30 oil. It will flow better in colder weather and just as good at higher temperatures since both are 30w.
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I have a Fiat 500 sport I went to check the oil in the water and the water was a dark brown what would cause that
If you did not see any problems with the oil except it was low then I would suggest having oil and filter replaced. The coolant color would need to be checked to see if there is a problem since some...
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The freeze plug failed and coolant mixed with oil. The tech says because it would be impossible to clean out all the gunk, I need
If the engine was run with coolant mixing with the oil it can damage the internal engine bearings and pistons. If it is severe enough the engine would need to be replaced or the entire engine rebuilt and all parts...
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97 Chevy cavalier coupe automatic. Best oil to use in it? Has 17 in rims on front but is only built for 16. Can I put 17 in back?
The best oil to use is a full synthetic 5w30 oil. For the tire and rims rubbing i would suggest checking the tire and rim size in the door sticker to see if you have correct sizes for the vehicle....

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