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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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Valve cover and misfiring cylinders on 6 and 7 (needs a tuneup) 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500
Hello - yes, oil leaks onto the plugs, or onto the coil boot over the plug, will cause misfires and poor running. I would recommend a valve cover gasket replacement by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic,...
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I have a 2015 Chrysler 200. I bought it in Oct 2016 so its been just about 3 months. Oil is at 22℅ and tomorrow morning I have to
Hello, thank you for writing in. The oil life on the display is telling you this is how long the oil is good for. It is not a measurement of how much oil is in the engine. If the oil...
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there some oil dropping down from the acclerator pedal also engine there a noise thought it was exhaust but got that checked out
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The first thing you want to do it's find the cause of the oil leak, and make the appropriate repairs. The leak coming from the accelerator is likely coming down that pedal from somewhere...
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Transmission uses oil and engine light is on. Why is it using oil in low and the transmission slips?
Hi there. If the transmission oil is low, then the transmission oil filter cannot pick up any fluid and cause the transmission to slip as the clutches are not able to apply. The Low application piston requires a mass amount...
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small oil leak - question on average cost for repair. 2009 VW GTi
Hi - the cost of repair for an oil leak can vary widely depending on why the oil is leaking. For oil collecting on the bottom of the oil pan, it could be the oil pan gasket, the front crank...
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Not getting good read on my oil dipstick
Hi There, The best time to check the engine oil is usually just before starting the motor or after it has been shut down for 10-20 minutes. This allows for all of the oil in the motor to be drained...
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Oil leaks
This suggests you may have a leak resulting from a failing gasket somewhere in your engine. As you know, there are many different places in your motor that are sealed by gaskets. I would suggest narrowing this down by placing...
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Are there other component or parts that need to be removed so the oilpan can drop down
Hello there, replacing the oil pan on your 2004 Honda Element is a normal service procedure. The oil pan will not drop straight out, when removing the oil pan on this type of vehicle the engine must be raised and...
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Leaking oil out of the front..not from the blow by hose
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 to leak puddles of oil while the engine is running. The most common causes are the oil pan gasket, front crankshaft seal, crankcase breather or valve cover gaskets....
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Oil leaked heavily out of my car while driving home while making a revved up noise.
Hi there. Check the engine for any oil leaks that are visible to you. Check the front seal, the oil pan, the oil filter, the oil drain plug (make sure its tight), the valve cover gaskets, the oil cooler lines,...
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How much to replace all the gaskets in a 91 4runner 2wd v6? I have a oil leak I was told it's the gaskets and seals.
Sent billing question to CS for the price to replace all the gaskets and seals on the engine / transmission power unit.
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oil light is on, oil tech suggested sensor to be replaced
If the Mechanic tested the oil pressure sensor and found it to be bad or, in lieu of that, used a pressure gauge to measure the oil pressure at varying RPM's and found the pressure to be with the limits...
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The engine ticks and burn oil faster then usual
Hello. Thanks for writing in. When the vehicle is burning oil, it is typically due to one out of three things. Either the piston rings have failed, and it is allowing oil to pass into the combustion chamber where it...
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Timing chain tensioner oil leak 2009 Toyota Corolla
Hello - you are being misled. The timing chain tensioner does have a gasket that gets old and brittle over time and leaks. BUT - it is fairly accessible, is external on the engine, and can be replaced inside 2...
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Engine burning too much oil? Has no leaks at all. But I have to take it in every 2500 to 3000 miles 2007 Toyota Camry
Hi there - if your engine is using less than 1 quart every 2500-3000 miles, this is considered normal by most technicians, even if in stop-and-go environments. A "low oil " light comes on when only 1/2 qt low (or...
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Leaking oil
This suggests you may still have a leak resulting from a failing gasket somewhere in your engine. As you know, there are many different places in your motor that are sealed by gaskets. I would suggest narrowing this down by...
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Oil leaks
Depending on the severity of the leak and where it is coming from, it may or may not be safe to drive. If the leak is leaking at a steady rate and losing oil quickly, this may be unsafe to...
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oil pressure sensor occuring on dashboard, oil change done yesterday no leaks, switched synthetic
Check your oil level to be sure it is adequate. Oil pressure can be checked and confirmed using an external gauge. If the pressure is normal based on a gauge reading, then the switch and/or circuit has a fault and...
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Oil leaking in the bottom chassis. 2009 Chevrolet
Hello - there are 2 possibilities for an oil leak underneath the chassis as you describe. Engine oil, perhaps from the front crankshaft seal, or a timing cover leak, or a leaking power steering pump or hose. Power steering fluid...

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