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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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How much pag 46 oil goes in a new condenser for 2005 Honda Accord?
Hi there. You will need to add 1 ounce of Pag 46 oil to the condenser. Also if you are just replacing the condenser, I recommend replacing the receiver dryer as well for excessive moisture in the system. The system...
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Why won't my car start after it was ran out of oil and got hot 2009 Chevrolet Impala
Hi there. If the engine was ran this low on oil then it may have seized. This is assuming that it is not cranking. From your explanation I am assuming that it is not cranking since you mentioned the battery....
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What type of oil does an Audi A4 quatro 2009 use?
You can use 5W-40 synthetic oil that meets Volkswagen standards 502.00 and 505.00. Alternatively, you can use 5W-30, 0W-40, or 0W-30. If the light you are referring to is a low engine oil level warning light and the oil level...
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Approximately, how long will a warranty last on a replaced or resealed valve cover gasket?
The engine valve cover gasket should last for about 8 to 12 years. If the gasket is leaking, then the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve is plugged up causing the engine to build up too much crankcase pressure blowing out...
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Would it cause damage to the other ignition coils if there is oil leaking from the valve cover gasket on my 2002 Infiniti I35
Hi there. If there is oil leaking into the ignition coil bores then that oil leak needs to be repaired first. If there is oil in multiple tubes then those ignition coils should be replaced also. If they are dry...
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Regarding engine flush 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hi - by "system flush", I understand you to mean a flush treatment of the engine proper, to clean out oil sludge. An oil flush sometimes uses a product called Seafoam to do so. An oil system flush with your...
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I have an very bad oil leak.
The crankshaft seal is in the area you are referring to. The crankshaft seal lasts maybe 100,000 miles or so. There are other gaskets and seals in that area that would have to be examined as well. If you request...
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Can up use gear oil in place of brake fluid
The brake system has rubber seals in it which are not compatible with mineral based oils of any kind. Introduction of these oils in to the master cylinder will cause the brake system seals to swell thus preventing normal operation...
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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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I have some oil into my spark plugs how can I fix it the car won't start
If oil is entering the combustion chamber(s) and fouling the spark plugs, the source of the leak has to be identified and repaired. Alternatively, if the oil is leaking externally, perhaps down a spark plug tube, that leak would have...
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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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Cars cranking and trying to start but wont
As engines wear, they tend to use more oil. At the moment, just be sure to add adequate oil to your engine and, going forward, just be sure to check the oil level more frequently. Of course, check for obvious...
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How can I best research the cause of smelling burnt oil from under the hood after drives over 20 miles?
If oil from the engine compartment is vaporizing, due to high heat, or "burning", the source of the leak is typically near or onto the hot exhaust manifold(s). There is also a possibility of hydraulic fluid, such as power steering...
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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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Oil leak - how to clean? 2000 Honda
Hi there - your best bet is to get an engine degreaser from your local auto parts store to clean your engine. There are many bio-friendly choices these days. Don't use kerosene or other petroleum variants to do this. Warm...
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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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why is my car shaking & raddle & why is my check engine light still on after i added oil
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Typically shaking is a sign of misfiring. Misfiring occurs when the air, fuel, or spark are being sent to the engine improperly. Since the check engine light is on, there is a strong...
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Brown sludge in my coolant reservoir
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Oil is mixing in to the coolant, likely through a blown head gasket that is allowing oil to leak out and get into the cooling system. There are other reasons this can occur...
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Jack oil in power steering.
Jack oil will not hurt the power steering system as the system can handle power steering fluid and transmission fluid. As long as the oil is about the same viscosity of the fluid, then it will be okay since it...
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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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