Why is There Oil in My Intake Manifold (or Throttle Body)?

oil in intake manifold

This article will discuss engines installed in automobiles sold in the United States since 1961. Engines built since that year will include a positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, developed to help reduce engine emissions under regulations placed in effect at that time by the Federal Government. Positive crankcase ventilation eliminated crankcase venting systems that simply … Read more

Where is the Cheapest Place to Buy Motor Oil? (10 Options)

cheapest places to buy motor oil

Like it or not, most cars these days need motor oil to stay lubricated and functional. Those pistons that move up and down need a barrier of oil in between them and the cylinder walls, else you’d have metal rubbing on metal–which is not good. Whether you want to save a few bucks, enjoy the … Read more

Should You Check Oil When the Engine is Hot or Cold?

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If you’ve owned a car for even a short length of time, you should be aware that the engine oil level must be periodically checked. That’s because most gasoline and diesel engines slowly consume (or leak) their lubricating oil. Even your shiny new car will experience some oil consumption over time. And if the oil … Read more

Oil Coming Out of Your Exhaust? (Here’s What it Means)

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If you spend enough time around vehicles, you are sure to witness the occasional odd occurrence, which catches your attention almost immediately. Unfortunately, many of these strange occurrences signify the onset of mechanical issues, which often vary in extent and severity. One such strange occurrence is the sudden appearance of oil leaking or dripping from … Read more

6 Symptoms of an Oil Pan Gasket Leak (and Replacement Cost)

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Given enough time and mileage, every engine will eventually begin to leak oil. This stems from the fact that no gasket is impervious to fatigue, at the hands of repeated and prolonged exposure to heat. Unfortunately, a leak here or there is to be expected from any engine. Oil leaks can originate in many different … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Rear Main Seal Leak (and Replacement Cost)

rear main seal leak symptoms

Try as we might, it is simply impossible to wish away all that can potentially ail our vehicles. If one drives enough miles, they will eventually face mechanical hardship of one sort or another. However, not all mechanical issues are the same, either in type or severity, which creates a “luck of the draw” type … Read more

LSPI: Low Speed Pre-Ignition (and What to Do About It) 

low speed pre-ignition damage

Around 2012 or so, the first of the small displacement and high performance turbocharged four cylinder engines began to emerge in scaled-down sports sedans and hatchbacks. The Ford Focus ST and the Mazdaspeed 3 come to mind. Manufacturers were then attempting to squeeze a bunch of brake horsepower (bhp) out of small displacement engines and … Read more

What Happens if Your Put Too Much Oil in Your Car?

too much oil in car

Every internal combustion engine requires oil to lubricate its parts. Vehicles have different size engines, depending on the weight, size, or purpose. The amount of oil that goes into the engine typically depends on the size of the engine as well as the manufacturer service interval. For most cars, the engine holds about 5 and … Read more

3 Symptoms of Low Engine Oil in Your Car

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A car engine is lubricated by its oil. As time goes on, much of that oil will burn away or possibly leak out. This means you’ll have to put additional oil into the engine and repair any leaky areas. Changing the oil is one of the most basic forms of car maintenance that people perform. … Read more