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#1 Old 08-15-2006, 07:13 PM
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New Scion xA, Oil smells like gas and is over full.

Hi all. I just picked up a new Scion xA this past weekend and decided to check the oil just now and my wife and I seem to think it smells like a combination of oil, gas and diesel, almost like paint thinner. I guess the thing that has me worried just as much is that it's about 1/4" over the full mark. Possibly gas getting into the oil? I've been changing my own oil for almost 30 years and I've never smelled anything quite like it. I even got a sample out of my wifes car for her to compare, it has about 500 miles on it's change with Havoline 5W-30. I've been using Havoline for over 20 years so it could be our noses. Does Toyota use some weird smelling oil at the factory? I did a search and found nothing like this. Should worry about this, take to the dealer or an independent guy and see what he thinks? I have 227K miles on my old '91 Ford Explorer and it's still running strong so I must be doing something right as far as maintenance, I don't think I'm crazy. This is my first foreign car since a used '66 VW.

Manual says my engine is a 1NZ-FE
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Take it right to the dealer and show them what you've found. Make sure there wasn't some flaw in the manufacturing process. It's rare, but it happens.

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Thanks for the info. I didn't drive it today but I'm taking it in tomorrow. If they change the oil I going to try and get a sample of the old oil.
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