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    Motoring Question

    I was traveling on the motorway earlier on, when the oil light came on.
    Typically, my AA membership had expired last month, and was still looking for a cheap alternative.
    Fortunately a petrol station was nearby, so I put some oil in, which extinguished the light.

    I'm just wondering what could have caused the oil to have become so low.
    I've only had the car for a few months and had the it fully serviced from a national garage chain just over 4 months ago. Nor are there any oil stains in my driveway.

    Any advice?

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    were you going to phone the AA to put oil in your car?

    Modern engines use oil - some as much as 1l every 1000 miles. It depends on how many miles you've done since your last service and what car you've got.

    Lesson here is to check your oil regularly

    Do you check your oil level on regular occasions?! I only ask because i am wondering whether there is a huge loss of oil or whether it has been continuous and has just been getting tow low due to lack of a top up

    If you are losing oil is is either leaking or burning, if its leaking you will of course see the marks on the road each time you leave it and if its burning you will see smoke especially when cold. Check oil filler cap for white scum which may indicate oil and water mixing due to leaky gasket

    Need a lot more information, could be anything from high millege consumption to something as bad as a head gasket. To little information to go on.

    mosskeeto;7686272

    If you are losing oil is is either leaking or burning, if its leaking you … If you are losing oil is is either leaking or burning, if its leaking you will of course see the marks on the road each time you leave it and if its burning you will see smoke especially when cold. Check oil filler cap for white scum which may indicate oil and water mixing due to leaky gasket



    Not if you have an undertray which most cars do. Most undertrays collect an awful lot of oil and tend to empty when driving.

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    DAMNOME;7686246

    were you going to phone the AA to put oil in your car?


    Why not, haven't used them all bloody year, I might as well get some free oil off'them :whistling:

    mosskeeto;7686272

    Check oil filler cap for white scum which may indicate oil and water … Check oil filler cap for white scum which may indicate oil and water mixing due to leaky gasket



    Check to make sure you don't have Nick Griffin forming around your oil filler cap :thumbsup:

    mudddy;7686305

    Why not, haven't used them all bloody year, I might as well get some free … Why not, haven't used them all bloody year, I might as well get some free oil off'them :whistling:



    Not classed as a break down tho, so surely you would of found yourself paying for there call out?

    Adam2050;7686320

    Not classed as a break down tho, so surely you would of found yourself … Not classed as a break down tho, so surely you would of found yourself paying for there call out?



    the call out would be free but you would have to pay for the oil

    mosskeeto;7686272

    If you are losing oil is is either leaking or burning, if its leaking you … If you are losing oil is is either leaking or burning, if its leaking you will of course see the marks on the road each time you leave it and if its burning you will see smoke especially when cold. Check oil filler cap for white scum which may indicate oil and water mixing due to leaky gasket



    as above check this and if you got blue smoke coming through the exhaust

    Original Poster

    mosskeeto;7686272

    If you are losing oil is is either leaking or burning, if its leaking you … If you are losing oil is is either leaking or burning, if its leaking you will of course see the marks on the road each time you leave it and if its burning you will see smoke especially when cold. Check oil filler cap for white scum which may indicate oil and water mixing due to leaky gasket



    There isn't any scum uner the cap, but have done a fair bit of travelling recently. But I did possibly more travelling in previous car, and never had any low oil.
    The thing about the head gasket is kind of worrying.
    Also the car is a Skoda diesel, and I fear the car could have been used as a taxi, although there were no obvious signs, and I was assured at the time it wasn't.

    What oil light came on? The oil pressure light? That's different to an oil level light in case you didn't realise. If it's a Skoda diesel with a PDI engine and you used more than 500 ml of oil then what type of oil did you use?

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    Lost Symphonies;7686312

    Check to make sure you don't have Nick Griffin forming around your oil … Check to make sure you don't have Nick Griffin forming around your oil filler cap :thumbsup:


    :-D:-D

    Original Poster

    pghstochaj;7686414

    What oil light came on? The oil pressure light? That's different to an … What oil light came on? The oil pressure light? That's different to an oil level light in case you didn't realise. If it's a Skoda diesel with a PDI engine and you used more than 500 ml of oil then what type of oil did you use?


    PDI? Sure its TDI, I used 500ml of turbo diesel oil.

    My mate has a skoda VRS or whatever it is and that needs topping up every so often, remember the lights on the dash are electronic sensors and not really that accurate. Had one on a clio that used to come on when I went round tight bends for some fluid sensor, can't remember what it was.

    mudddy;7686470

    PDI? Sure its TDI, I used 500ml of turbo diesel oil.



    PDI is the "Pumpe Duse Injection" technology that VW tended to use until recently - it's the technical name for some of their TDI engines.

    What turbodiesel oil is it? VW have their own specifications on oil (e.g. the PDI engine might need 505.01) and it is important that you use oil that meets this, otherwise you could risk engine damage.

    Original Poster

    According National Tyres website they say they'd put this oil in my car for oil change;
    Castrol Edge 5W30 Oil

    I meant PD by the way, long day

    Ignore that website, go directly to the Castrol website, the National Tyres website states the wrong oil for my car.

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    pghstochaj;7686584

    I meant PD by the way, long day :)Ignore that website, go directly to the … I meant PD by the way, long day :)Ignore that website, go directly to the Castrol website, the National Tyres website states the wrong oil for my car.



    Castrol site comes up with same oil.
    I don't know if thats normal oil or specific to the kind of engine you describe?

    mudddy;7686628

    Castrol site comes up with same oil.I don't know if thats normal oil or … Castrol site comes up with same oil.I don't know if thats normal oil or specific to the kind of engine you describe?



    If it does and that's the oil you used then it's fine :).

    The oil usage could be a leak (simple such as the oil filter needs to be tighter or complicated from a seal etc.) or from usage in the engine. It's much easier to discount the first option than the second - get it onto some ramps, remove the undertray and inspect.

    Although pointed out before that up to 1 litre/1000 miles is allowed for on some VAG PD engines, I don't sign up to it being healthy for anybody but VAG's warranty claim costs. VAG is the VW group.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the advice mate.:thumbsup:
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