So, your car has a problem.

bad oil causing noise.


What does this mean?

It appears your engine oil is clogging certain paths through your motor. This is likely because of using cheap oil or not changing the oil often enough. After time and heat, oil breaks down into an asphalt like substance and becomes thick. Once broken down it becomes thick and clogs small passages through the motor. Parts that should receive lubrication, do not. Engine parts bang together (causing the noise) and engine wear dramatically accelerates. Cheap oil brakes down much faster than more expensive oil. For more detail, see our blog.

How urgent?


On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 9. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?


Fix it immediately or you’ll need to buy a new car.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a
2

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