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When Should I Change My Oil?
Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. It is used to lubricate all the internal moving parts and help cool the engine. Changing oil is an extremely important part...
What Type of Oil Should I Use?
There are four main types of oil: regular, synthetic, synthetic blend, and high-mileage. The type of oil you choose depends on the make, model, and engine of your car. Refer to...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Return Hose
Common signs include cracks or bulges on the hose and noticeable oil leaks.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Temperature Sensor
If the temperature gauge gives false readings or does not move, you may need to replace the oil temperature sensor.
How Long Does a Differential / Gear Oil Last?
The differential is normally located at the rear of your vehicle and underneath the car. It is essential that it stays lubricated with differential or gear oil for it to work properly and...
How to Top Up the Oil in Your Car
Regular car maintenance can make a huge difference with keeping your vehicle in good condition. For major repairs and special jobs, hiring a professional...
How to Replace a Low Oil Level Sensor
A low oil light sensor allows you to know when your oil levels are low. A bad sensor won't be able to alert you, causing wear and damage as you drive.
How to Find the Source of an Oil Leak
Oil leaks are a very common problem that affects many car owners. Virtually all modern engines use some sort of oiling lubrication system, and a compromise in...
How to Upgrade to Synthetic Oil
Choosing to switch your vehicle from conventional oil to synthetic oil can be one of the best and easiest choices you can make toward keeping your vehicle in...
How to Add Oil to Your Car
Adding oil is a simple, painless process. To understand how it works, you need to know that oil operates in a closed loop system and is stored...
How Do I Prepare My Car for Summer?
Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic will take their tolls on your vehicle. Follow these tips to ensure optimum wellness of your car: Air Conditioning: Have your air...
How to Replace a Front Output Shaft Oil Seal on Most Cars
The oil seal on the front output shaft is faulty when there are unusual noises or leaking coming from the transfer case.
How to Replace an Oil Return Hose on Most Cars
The oil in the engine travels through oil return hoses which fail when there are cracks or bulges on the hoses or oil is leaking from the car.
How to Replace Oil Cooler Lines on Most Cars
Oil cooler lines fail if there are bends in the hose, low oil levels, or oil visibly puddling underneath the car.
How to Replace the Oil Temperature Sensor on Most Cars
Oil, as well as the oil temperature sensor, is crucial to the engine lubrication system. A bad sensor can lead to leaks and poor vehicle performance.
How to Quickly and Accurately Find the Source of an Oil Leak
When it comes down to car fluid leaks, oil leaks are among the most common. Degreaser and U/V leak detector kits can help you find the source.

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Oil leak on the hose which came form valve cover to air intake . Engine is new and recently worked on.
Hi there. By looking at the photos that you have provided is shows that the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve is blowing by and causing engine oil to go through the PCV tube. Since your engine has a turbo on...
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My oil light stays on
It is possible that debris from the clean up has found its way to the crankcase and thence onto the oil pump pickup screen partially clogging the sump. Also, you want to make sure that the wiring harness to the...
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Would I need to replace the entire valve cover?
Hi there: Oil leaking into the spark plug wells is an indication of a fairly serious problem that should be inspected and repaired immediately. It is almost always due to a failing gasket or O-ring but can also be the...
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SUV will not accelerate sporadically and has no power
Hi there: To be completely honest, there could be multiple issues with your 2008 Mercedes-Benz that are causing the symptoms you're describing, ranging from something simple like a crankshaft position sensor to the throttle position sensor or complex issues with...
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I may have put the wrong type oil in my car?
Your engine does not show in the manual that it is required to use only full synthetic oil. You can use the synthetic blend or conventional type oils as long as you use the correct weight oil that is recommended...
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Engine oil cap popped out without a reason
Oil fill caps have very tight seals. They have to seal tightly because all of the crankcase vapors within the engine have to be confined and recycled through the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system. Consequently, the only way the oil...
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I did a oil change how much quorts of oil do i need
Hello, the oil capacity is with filter is 3.5 quarts. (5w-30) If you ever need service, please consider looking at this web site. Thank You
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My car has done 37,500 miles service but it only has 33,300 miles, what kind of maintenance do I need?
The maintenance reminder system is not strictly mileage based. If 12 months elapse, without an intervening re-set, the light will come on simply because the engine oil should be changed at 12 months even if the 7,500 mileage interval for...
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Will it be okay if I switched my oil from synthetic to blended?
The effect on engine wear, efficiency of operation, and service life (i.e., engine service life) due to a switch to a blended synthetic oil from a full synthetic oil is probably not even "measurable". Full synthetics will be less subject...
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I got oil changed n they told me I had metal in oil n two major oil leaks I got the car sept 24 from jd by rider of Greenville bk
Hello. Metal shavings or pieces in the oil pan can be a serious sign of major mechanic failure on the horizon. Did you personally see the metal shavings? Do you trust that this was an honest diagnosis? If so then...
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I have a mini
Hello. Yes you will want to change the oil and filter as soon as possible. When this light comes on it means the oil system had detected the maximum number of miles has passed since your last oil change. Make...
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Which oil should I put in?
After checking the oil specifications for your engine you are correct about the 5w20 weight oil. Newer engines in a lot of vehicles now use and recommend the 5w20 or 0w20 oils. Your vehicles engine uses 5W20 only. The parts...
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whats the best gear lube i can get for my car and dose it really matter what i get
Synthetic gear oil is recommended. At the cited "link" be sure to click on the "transmission gear oil section" at the top of the page. In terms of your question "does it matter", you will see a material difference in...
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My car is leaking black fluid from underneath
Hello. Most likely, due to the make and model of your vehicle, the fluid you are leaking is engine oil. A majority of other fluids are not black unless something is seriously wrong with the vehicle. Even so, at that...
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oil inside spark plug chamber and clicking/ticking
Hello - oil is leaking from the valve cover, down into the spark plug recesses as you noticed. This causes the spark plugs to short, creating the misfire you have experienced. No doubt some of this oil leaked into the...
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Oil keeps dripping under my car, but I checked the oil and its full.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. Check the transmission fluid to see if its low. Also, check the power steering fluid to see if its low. Either the vehicle is leaking oil from the engine, transmission, or power steering....
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Oil all over engine
Hello. First we need to clarify if the leak was fixed or not. This must be done first. Then after the oil is cleaned, we can see if there was any other damage. Oil contamination can get onto electrical components...
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Oil is leaking into spark plug wells
Hello. You are correct. There has likely been a gasket and, or grommet failure. The oil contaminates the plug and retards the spark. Hence the poor engine performance. It also causes the pressures to vary from normal and stresses out...
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Oil consumption is very high ,after oil service if we drive for 500 km indicates oil level low top up 2011 Audi A4 Turbo
Hello - oil consumption is, for some reason, higher on this specific engine than on other 4 cylinder engines, turbocharged or not. Typical oil consumption is approximately 1 quart per 1500 miles. If you have blue exhaust smoke on an...
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I smell oil burn smell in car. This started after my last oil change. What could it be?
Depending on how long ago your last oil change was, this may be the result of an oil leak or potentially oil that has dripped on the motor somewhere that has been heated up. This happens occasionally when changing oil...

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