Q. I have a 2001 Buick Regal which, I understand, should take 4.5 quarts of oil on an oil change, not five quarts. Is the higher amount harmful to the engine? It does read considerably over the full mark on the dip stick when this happens.
A. You are correct on the oil capacity for your car; it is 4.5 quarts. If it is over filled by half a quart, it should not hurt anything, but I would take it back to the oil change shop and have the level adjusted to the proper level.
It is always hard to know exactly how much oil is too much, so it's best to get it right on the nose. While the oil level being exactly on the line is not as critical on your car, it is extremely critical on some of the newer vehicles. The oil level has to be right or it can set computer codes in newer models, and in fact some of the hybrids won't even start.
As long as we are talking about oil, let me use this opportunity to remind our readers not only of the importance of keeping the
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With winter coming, I think, "What should I be taking care of on my vehicle to get ready?"
This is a question we get asked almost daily these days and the answer is fairly simple; take care of all the needed maintenance and you should pull through the winter weather just fine.
The things you want to pay attention to would be the following:
•Be sure the oil is changed and that you have the correct oil in the car
•Be sure all the fluids are clean and topped off to the proper level. If they are dirty or have not been changed per the maintenance schedule, you should have that done.
•Have a brake inspection performed, including making sure the anti-lock brakes are working.
•Inspect the tires for good tread life and to be sure there is no cracking on the sidewalls.
•Inspect all lighting and replace any burned out light bulbs. If the plastic headlights have become dull and degraded, have them replace
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