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How important is engine oil?

As said in the introduction, oil plays a key role in engine operation, whereas the lubrication system can be compared to the circulatory system in humans. Its proper operation guarantees longevity. Negligence in this respect may cause unpleasant consequences. Used, old or poor-quality oil may damage the lubrication system, whereas its shortage or excess inevitably leads to engine failure. Usually such failure is very costly, and in extreme cases it may even totally destroy the propulsion unit.

Despite appearances, engine oil fulfils multiple functions. Of course, the primary one is engine lubrication. This minimizes friction between all the working elements, i.e. pistons, valves, connecting rods etc. In addition, oil has cooling properties. Not only does the lack of oil increase friction between the parts, but also (as a result of the friction) raises temperature of the entire propulsion unit. Sometimes it only takes a shortage of oil (not necessarily a complete lack of it) to increase temperature and friction to such levels that they cause irreversible damage. The parts rubbing against one another are irreversibly deformed. It then becomes impossible to repair them and the only solution is to replace the damaged elements altogether.

For the reasons explained above, it is recommended to regularly replace oil and check its condition. While many people rely on a relevant indicator to inform them about an inadequate oil level in the engine, a far better solution is to take care of it on your own. It does not matter whether you have a luxury limousine or a compact city car, it should be every driver’s duty. So, how to check oil level in the engine?

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Warnings

  • Be careful not to burn yourself. Your engine, the used oil inside it, and other parts of the car can stay hot enough to burn you for a long time after you turn the ignition off.

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  • Don’t get the oil inlet confused with the transmission fluid inlet. You can ruin your transmission if you put oil in it.

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Notification “Adblue is empty”

As soon as the amount of Adblue in your tank runs short, the on-board computer sends a warning and requests refilling. Users also receive a notification detailing how far they can still drive with the remaining amount of Adblue.

If the first message is ignored, users will receive a second, more intense warning that will again share the still remaining number of kilometers they can travel. It will further warn that the car will not restart or will do so with a reduced torque if the tank is not refilled. We urge users to take this seriously, as it is not an idle threat.

Without Adblue the car does not fulfill the required emission and thus is not allowed to drive on or only with a reduced torque. The manufacturers therefore have incorporated an ‘environment-engine-immobilizer’. No starting of the engine (no ordinary functioning) is possible until Adblue is refilled. That is why taking heed of this warning and preferably taking a refill bottle along is strongly advised

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Is Adblue toxic or dangerous?

Regarding the European chemicals legislation, Adblue does not pose a particular danger.  According to the transport law, Adblue does not count as hazardous goods either. You should nevertheless avoid skin contact and remove potential remnants with water.

Do This If You Have Overfilled oil

The best way to deal with an oil overfill is to drain the excess oil. There are two ways to go about this.

  1. The modern: less messy option
  2. The traditional:  messy option

Modern option

This option is easy, fast and less messy. You will

This option is easy, fast and less messy. You will need a suction pump to suck out the excessive oil. Open the hood of your car and pull the oil out. You can do this from the cap access point or the oil dipstick tube.

To suck the excess oil out, you can use either an automatic or a manual pump. This method leaves you clean. You do not need to lift and crawl under the hood of your car.

Conventional option

You will need an oil-collecting pan and a drive so

You will need an oil-collecting pan and a drive socket wrench. Raise your car enough for you to crawl under it. Locate the oil plug.

Using your drive socket wrench loosen the oil plug until oil starts to drip on the collecting pan. Remove only a small amount and not all.

Fasten the oil plug then go to the hood and check the reading on the oil dipstick. Ensure the oil is at the right amount.

Symptoms of Excess Engine Oil

Sometimes you do not know if you or the mechanic have overfilled your engine oil. But if you have some of these symptoms, there might be a risk that your engine oil is overfilled.

  • Oil leakage
  • A burning smell of engine oil
  • Signs of smoke from the engine bay
  • Signs of smoke from the exhaust area
  • Engine making too much noise
  • Engine Oil Pressure Light on Dashboard

Too much or too little what does it mean?

As we said earlier, both too much and too little oil adversely affects the operation and longevity of the engine. If the oil level is lower than the minimum level on the measure, it may happen that a car which jumps up on a bump “swallows” a large amount of air, which will result in temporary operation without lubrication. If the oil level is very low and the engine operates in such conditions for a long time, its individual elements may be damaged and, in extreme cases, it may result in engine overheating or seizure.

Too much oil has a negative impact on gaskets. Once heated, its volume increases, putting pressure on all sealing elements. In addition, too much oil leads to excessive fuel consumption. Of course, oil shortage should be supplemented, which is far easier than draining the excess.

How to check if you have overfilled your engine oil?

It is easy to know if you have an auto oil overfil

It is easy to know if you have an auto oil overfill if you filled the oil yourself. However, sometimes this service is done by another person besides you. You should always check your engine oil levels regularly.

To check your oil, run the engine for 5 – 10 minutes to get the oil warm. Switch off the engine and open the hood of your car. Reach for the oil dipstick and pull it out.

Wipe the oil from the dipstick with a clean, dry cloth. Return the dipstick inside and pull it out again.

Now check if the oil reading is below the maximum threshold.

Driving with an overfilled oil will no doubt lead to engine failure. To avoid such a costly and preventable mistake, you should be alert to the following symptoms.

Add Fresh Oil

  • Refill the engine using a funnel and recap the bottle (to prevent spills) before you toss it into the recycling bin.

Refill the Oil

Apply a film of clean engine oil to the gasket of the new filter, then thread the filter on by hand. Some filters have a rubberized surface to make it easy to turn. Every reputable oil filter is designed to seal for tens of thousands of miles with no more than a good hand-tightening. You don’t need a wrench unless you have one of those deeply recessed filters with no space around it for your hands. (If that’s the case, the only choice is a cap wrench.) Turn the filter until you feel the filter base just make contact with its mounting plate. Then use the wrench to tighten a half-turn more.

If you haven’t bought engine oil in a while, you may be confused by the choices. For a little friendly advice, see “What’s That Starburst?” below.

This filter has a rubberized area to provide for tightening by hand.

This simple rubber plug can rescue a stripped-out oil-drain-plug hole. Insert the rod to install and remove it.

Pull the Oil Plug

  • Start by spreading plastic sheeting on the ground. Then drive your car on top of it. This will eliminate oil spill cleanup work since you can just toss the entire sheet when you’re done, or keep it for the next change if you’re lucky enough to go spill-free.
  • Jack up the car, set the jack stands in place, and lower the car.
    • Pro tip: If you’re on asphalt, place squares of plywood under the jack stands for support.
  • Unscrew the plug and quickly pull it out and away from the oil stream. Clean the drain plug and install a new gasket (if required).

Disposing of Dirty Oil and Filter

After the oil change is complete you will have a volume of dirty oil and a dirty filter. These items must be returned to any auto parts store which will be glad to take these hazards from you for no charge. This action will help to keep the environment clean. Never dump waste oil down a drain or in waste cans.

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  • Mxolisi Stanford

Jun 14, 2020

    Mxolisi Stanford Jun 14, 2020

    “It helped me do it on time; it is quick and it was more reliable on the correct procedure, even on the oil filter. It was very good, especially on opening the top hole while I am unscrewing the oil plug beneath. Thanks.” …” more

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