Oil smells like gas. Normal?
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    Junior Soul sute09's Avatar
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    Oil smells like gas. Normal?

    So about a month ago I checked my engine oil and noticed a gasoline smell. Got the oil changed right away. Yesterday I checked it again and the new oil smells a bit like gas. Is this normal? No issues with the car at all.

    I did do the 3m fuel system treatment recently.
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    does it look like there is gas in the oil? Usually I think gas and oil would be very distinctive when mixed together.

    Never smelled my oil, just look at the level on the dipstick and stick it back in. As long is it looks like oil on the dipstick and what sort of texture and colour it is that's fine to me.

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    You might have fuel leaking past the piston rings

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    not normal how much gas are we talking about? Had a jeep 4.0 with bad o2 sensor running rich I had bad condition.

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    I can't say how much because I have no idea but you can definitely smell it on the dipstick.

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    Recent major drop in fuel mileage?

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    Just went out and sniffed my dipstick (I am cracking myself up here....) and there is NO gas smell.
    There you have it....science at its finest. The oil should NOT smell like gas.

    But we already knew that didn't we???
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    Thanks for checking! I'll take it to the dealer on Wednesday and see what they say.


    Quote Originally Posted by kevster View Post
    Just went out and sniffed my dipstick (I am cracking myself up here....) and there is NO gas smell.
    There you have it....science at its finest. The oil should NOT smell like gas.

    But we already knew that didn't we???

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    I've always gotten pretty poor mileage since new. about 225-250 miles to the tank with mostly city driving. very conservative driving.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vision Promotions View Post
    Recent major drop in fuel mileage?
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    You could have a serious engine issue.

    Typically the only time you'll smell gas in the oil is when the car is running so rich that the gas isn't getting burned fully and it runs down the cylinder walls into the crankcase or it can also happen just because the rings aren't sealing properly and the fuel is running down as it's getting sprayed into the cylinder.

    If you still have a warranty I'd take it into the dealership and talk to them.

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