f to drive 2010 equinox with gas in oil. small amount


Asked by Mar 15, 2015 at 02:24 PM about the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT1

Question type: General

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How did you get gas in oil..do an oil change NOW...gas will badly dilute oil and hurt engine..or did you mean oil in gas...that will smoke a little but if very small amount it shouldn't fowl plugs..just drive it.

John Carson

Generally gas is injected into the intake and when the intake valve opens it is drawn or sucked into the cylinders. The gas/air mixture is then compressed and ignited when the spark plug fires on the up stroke/compression stroke. If there is a hole in the piston, or a ring is broken, fuel will leak down the jacket and drip into the oil. If a ring is broken, you also should get oil into the cylinder and you will have black smoke out the tail pipe or the exhaust pipe will have a black soot or residue in it. Is the engine running a tad bit rough? If so, you may have a cracked block, head, or a cracked piston top. My next question is, how do you know you have a small amount of gasoline in the motor oil? Gasoline will dry the surfaces the oil is trying to coat and lubricate. So if you indeed have gas in the motor oil, the next thing will be a pounding or knocking in the motor before it seizes or explodes. Have it checked.

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