Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: After adding oil, car started jerking

asked by on

Last week, the oil level was a bit low, but other than that, everything was going fine with my car and it was performing very well. After putting some oil in, now the car is jerking when I drive. If I have to sit at a red light too long, it stalls. The manual said to put 10w-30, so I did. I’m not sure what kind had been put in before this time. The engine light is not on, nor anything else. If the previous oil was a different kind, could mixing them cause this problem or do you think it’s due to something else?

I would do an oil and filter change and get that squared away. If the problem persists, it is definitely unrelated. Once in a pinch I had accidentally topped off 5w30 with 10w30 and did not have any problems. But just for peace of mind, I would do a fresh change.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Oil leaking engine won't hold oil but car starts

As you know, an oil leak can range from somewhat minor to very serious depending on the location of the leak and how quickly it is leaking. I would recommend not starting the car at all until getting this leak...

Q: Mazda 3 has no spark and won't start

Hi there. It sounds like there could be a fault somewhere in the camshaft position sensor, crankshaft position sensor, or engine computer circuit. Check all fuses and relays and replace as necessary. The computer will not enable spark to...

Q: replaced the starter. went to connect the negative battery terminal, the starter made a whirring sound and sparked at terminal.

Electrically, there a couple scenarios that can account for this, all equally odd, but if you were not having any problems with the car's starting circuit prior to replacing the starter (i.e., just the starter motor failed) and you have...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...