Oil Leaks

Nissan Pathfinder Oil Leak

Nissan Pathfinder Oil Leak

My mechanic estimates $600 to repair valve cover gaskets–he thinks the smoke and oil smell coming from engine for past few months is due to slow oil leak. He has to do a free diagnostic, but that’s his price if he’s right about what’s needed. We are original owners of an older Pathfinder SE V6 […]

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Do Not Steam Clean Your Engine

I get asked a few times a month about steam cleaning a car engine and how it should be done. Well, I am not a fan of steam cleaning and my answer is always…no, don’t do it. I have a few reasons, and they are listed here. 1. Your engine does not care or even […]

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Oil Leak Repair Cost

Oil Leak Repair Cost

Reader Question Hello, thanks for taking my question. I have an older Ford F150 V8 and the valve cover gaskets are leaking oil. Can you tell me an approximate cost to repair this oil leak please? Ralph   Hi there Ralph, If you were in my shop in Houston TX I would charge you about […]

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Car Smoking from Exhaust Pipe?

Car Smoking from Exhaust Pipe?

Do you have smoke coming out of your exhaust? Evidently many TrustMyMechanic fans do, because this is one of the most frequent “Help!” messages I get…followed by: What does it mean? How alarmed should I be? Is it safe to drive my car to work? What in the world is THIS going to cost me??? […]

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When To Change Oil In My Car

When To Change Oil In My Car

Reader email Hello Austin, I cannot believe you tell folks to change their oil every 3,000 miles. The 3,000 mile myth was started by big oil the late 1970s. It was started for no other reason than to make money. If you have the kind of money Exxon and Texaco have, you can buy enough […]

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Valve Cover Gasket Leak

Valve Cover Gasket Leak

A TrustMyMechanic fan contacted me recently about his valve cover gaskets. He had already replaced them THREE times over the last two years, and they are leaking again. Talk about frustrating! What he didn’t realize, and what I’d like to explain here, is that the leaking gaskets are probably not his problem…just a symptom of […]

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Rear Main Seal

Rear Main Seal

Reader Question My rear main seal is leaking, and it is very expensive to replace. Why is this so expensive and where is the rear seal located anyway? Thank you, Shannon   Dear Shannon, I get this question a lot in my shop, “what exactly is the rear main seal and why is it so […]

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Car Ran Without Engine Oil
By December 19, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Car Ran Without Engine Oil

Reader Question   Hi, I hope you can help. I have a Cadillac with 150k miles. I have it serviced regularly at the dealer. At ~80k miles all sorts of things went wrong with the oil. Luckily, it was under warranty and the piston rods and rings were all replaced (cost of 6K). 6 weeks […]

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Rear Main Seal Leak

I took my old Chevy Lumina APV van in 2 months ago and had transmission rebuilt,had bought a certified 33,000 mile engine that I purchased installed as well. Prepped the engine myself last winter,put new oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets,plugs,wires,water pump, pcv,and thermostat in. Told rebuild shop had front and rear Felpro seals […]

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Where Can I Buy A Diesel Engine Fuel Filter

I bought a 1985 ford tempo DIESEL gl 5-speed car. other information I have on it: 2.0 L, 122 cid, 1989 cc (I don’t know what that means). I need a diesel fuel filter but everywhere I’ve gone (with filter in hand) I’m told “they don’t make them no more – where did you buy […]

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