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Walk? LOL....not when it's cold! I run/jog enough as it is!!!

Seriously though. Most of the time I ride a bike in, but during the colder months I like to drive.


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Hmmm..... Thanks. I'd like to know if others oil smells the same. I'm sure it's nothing, but I do find it odd.

Anyone else smell their dip sticks?
I thought it was odd also. It's the first car (new or used) that I've owned that has done this. I wonder if what Nuclearranger said about Ford putting friction mod in the original oil is causing the smell? I haven't had my first oil change yet, and since I've owned the car in the past 1,400 miles all my drives have been 25+ miles with a couple of 100+ road trips.

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Coming from a direct injected boosted car, my oil was probably 50% gas haha its just excess wash down. Do a comp test and if everything is good i wouldn't sweat it too much
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Chris, you said 4k miles for change, what is the time period? Mine is a low mileage toy (that does go on regular rides) I do it every 9 months. Compared to Ford OLM I do it 4 times in three years compared to it's reccomended 3 times. Makes me sleep better at night. I would think since you drive such short distances it may be smart to do it more often maybe twice a year unless you start cruising. Color of the oil is not the only indicator of quality. Hopefully it just needs to be changed has your mpg changed? That may be an indicsator of problems but it is getting colder even in the south and that does affect mpg.

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Coming from a direct injected boosted car, my oil was probably 50% gas haha its just excess wash down. Do a comp test and if everything is good i wouldn't sweat it too much
Mazdaspeed 3 by any chance??

I used to change the oil every 2500 miles in mine. It was black and reeked like fuel by then, I probably could have put it back in my gas tank if I wanted to

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I've noticed a gas like smell from mine sometimes too now that I think about it. Never worried me tho.

On a side note, if u spill some on the engine when changing or once I had a bad seal on the filter and oil was lightly spraying the mid pipes and when I'd turn on the heat I could smell burnt oil thru the vents! That sure freaked me out until I realized what was wrong. If your car runs good I would have someone look over it to make sure but it's prob fine.

What kind of oil u using? I use Mobil 5w20

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Mazdaspeed 3 by any chance??

I used to change the oil every 2500 miles in mine. It was black and reeked like fuel by then, I probably could have put it back in my gas tank if I wanted to
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Coming from a direct injected boosted car, my oil was probably 50% gas haha its just excess wash down. Do a comp test and if everything is good i wouldn't sweat it too much
Maybe your MS3 did that but that is not typical of GDI turbo cars in general. My Cobalt SS/TC never had those issues but then again I did not tune mine stupid rich at WOT like 99% of the others out there. I ran 0.88-0.89 PE lambda (lean by most peoples standards) 25 psi, stock turbo (bigger twin scroll version of the K-04 turbo that the MS3 has) fully bolted and tuned by me (342 whp 393 wrtq on 93 octane, 363 whp 426 wrtq on E-47). At this point, my 2013 5.0 (stock) is slower than my old cobalt (modded) LOL (Cobalt was 600 lbs lighter and had a massive torque hit in the midrange). That is until I tune the 5.0 on E-85
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So I was checking my oil the other day and I noticed the dipstick smells like gas. It's gas for sure. You can smell it. It's pretty strong too. Smells like oil mixed with gasoline. I looked it over pretty good and I don't see any coolant or any bubbles on the dip stick. I popped the coolant tank cap and didn't see any oil in the coolant. My engine doesn't leak anything and it runs strong, idles well, no problems per say with the engine.
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I have the same smell with my 2013 GT. I have 1400 miles on her.
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I've noticed a gas like smell from mine sometimes too now that I think about it. Never worried me tho.
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Please make an appointment with your Ford dealer for diagnosis as soon as possible. Then, please PM me with your VIN, dealer, mileage, full name, and best daytime number so I can escalate this to the customer service manager for your area and have it looked in to.

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I would take the car out on a 30 minute joyride and then check again. If you are really worried you could, as some have suggested in other cases, take a sample of oil to a tractor shop and have them analyze it. I doubt bringing it in for service would yield much since most service techs are high and mighty but know very little and will just laugh at you and abuse the car while you are not looking.
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A faulty injector that doesn't close all the way when turned off has a similar resulting odor. I'd perform a UOA and depending on the results make a service appointment. FoMoCo can tell if your injectors are working properly fairly easily.


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Sounds like the residual gas in getting into the oil from blow by during cold operation. My oil smells like ethanol. I plan to shorten my oil change interval to limit the amount of moisture in the oil absorbed by the ethanol.

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Blow By oil vapor certainly smells more like gas. UPR's catch can's do a good job of keeping those contaminants out of the intake tract:

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Ehhh. Had the oil changed. Still smells a little like fuel, but not as bad. My neighbor used to run a quicky lube and he says it smells pretty normal and of course the oil looks fine.

Not worrying about it. Thanks guys!


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