I JUST CHECKED MY OIL AND IT SMELLS LIKE GASOLINE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

  • Tiny
  • sophisticatedlady 101
  • 1994 Toyota Corolla
  • 29,111 miles

I have a 1994 Toyota Carolla. I just checked my oil and it smells like gasoline. What does this mean?

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 AT 12:28 AM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
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It could e running rich which means a small amount of fuel gets down in the oil.

Change the oil and filter

Roy

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 AT 12:33 AM
  • Tiny
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In response to your answer what caused the small amount of fuel to get mixed into the oil where I will need a new oil filter?

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 AT 12:43 AM
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Age of the vehicle and mileage. Do you have a running issue? Is there any other issues with the car?

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 AT 12:48 AM
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Hi Roy thanks for answering my questions. And yes to your question, the car is running kind of hard. I recently had an oil change and new sparkplugs added. I thought this would help the car to run more smoothly but it still runs kind of hard. Mechanically speaking, what caused the gasoline to mix is it a seal problem or something similar?

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 AT 1:15 AM
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Unburnt fuel gets by the rings and down to the crankcase. Get the motor checked out as to why it is running rough

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 AT 1:40 AM
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Is the Check Engine Light indicating and have you checked for trouble codes?

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 AT 6:26 AM

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