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Color of oil #4579627
11/20/17 12:11 AM
11/20/17 12:11 AM
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Illinois
davizzel Offline OP
davizzel  Offline OP
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Illinois
Hello Guys,

This might be a dumb question, after performing an oil chnage this weekend. I was pouring the new oil into my vehicle, when my curiosity kicked in. The oil I drained out, looks nothing like the oil I poured in, obviously the oil somewhat cleans the engine Iím assuming. But, should my car oil be a dark brown color? Or should it be close to the rich gold liquid I poured in during my last oil chnage. Again, I apologize if this is a silly question, but the more I read on this site, the less I realize I know! Btw my OCI is about 5k miles.

Thanks!

Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579631
11/20/17 12:14 AM
11/20/17 12:14 AM
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DFW
JustN89 Offline
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DFW
Yep, perfectly normal. Your oil cleans, but it also traps dirt and other debris and ferries it to the oil filter where the filter holds on to it until an OCI is performed. Over time, this darkens the oil and commonly becomes varying shades of dark brown.

Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579633
11/20/17 12:21 AM
11/20/17 12:21 AM
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Phoenix
dishdude Offline
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Phoenix
Goes in looking like honey, comes out looking like poo.


2018 Challenger SRT
Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579655
11/20/17 01:33 AM
11/20/17 01:33 AM
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Balearic Islands , Spain
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Perfectly normal.


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Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579664
11/20/17 02:37 AM
11/20/17 02:37 AM
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Cave City KY
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Cave City KY
golden honey in and chocolate syrup out.


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Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579749
11/20/17 07:17 AM
11/20/17 07:17 AM
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South East Asia
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South East Asia
I beg to differ on this one... if you put on diesel car, my understanding it goes black almost immediately.
However on gasoline engine, I find the color change is progressing slowly

Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579774
11/20/17 07:53 AM
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New England
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New England
Seems like my oil get dark really quickly...I've assumed that's because of the hot turbo, but I guess I don't really know what the reason is.


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Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579814
11/20/17 08:49 AM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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Normal on a gas vehicle.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
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Re: Color of oil [Re: kr_bitog] #4579905
11/20/17 10:54 AM
11/20/17 10:54 AM
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Poway, CA
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Poway, CA
Originally Posted By: kr_bitog
I beg to differ on this one... if you put on diesel car, my understanding it goes black almost immediately.
However on gasoline engine, I find the color change is progressing slowly

"Slowly" is a relative term. By the time 3000 miles has been put on an engine's oil, it will have become noticeably darker.

Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579910
11/20/17 11:01 AM
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HondaBroMike Offline
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I love it when a UOA matches what you predicted how long the TBN would last and predict it to a T. I prefer oil to go in looking light beige and come out, well I use the napkin test and if it black on it, it's time for a change as far as wear goes but TBN could still be there, that is why it is not accurate to go by color when coming out.

Last edited by HondaBroMike; 11/20/17 11:02 AM.


Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579912
11/20/17 11:03 AM
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Re: Color of oil [Re: kr_bitog] #4579943
11/20/17 11:28 AM
11/20/17 11:28 AM
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Texas
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Texas
Originally Posted By: kr_bitog
I beg to differ on this one... if you put on diesel car, my understanding it goes black almost immediately.
However on gasoline engine, I find the color change is progressing slowly


I do not know personally , but I have read it darkens quickly in a diesel from the black soot / carbon ?


Wyr
God bless
Re: Color of oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4579952
11/20/17 11:38 AM
11/20/17 11:38 AM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Offline
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Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: WyrTwister
Originally Posted By: kr_bitog
I beg to differ on this one... if you put on diesel car, my understanding it goes black almost immediately.
However on gasoline engine, I find the color change is progressing slowly


I do not know personally , but I have read it darkens quickly in a diesel from the black soot / carbon ?

I had a VW TDI and would pour out black oil, pour in clean oil, start it up and check it and it would be almost jet black. After 50 miles or so it would be completely jet black.


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2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
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Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579954
11/20/17 11:41 AM
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Texas
WyrTwister Offline
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So , assuming the black is carbon soot , I guess it does not hurt anything ?

I personally have next to no diesel experience .


Wyr
God bless
Re: Color of oil [Re: davizzel] #4579975
11/20/17 12:02 PM
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Port Orange, Florida
Panzerman Offline
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Port Orange, Florida
Nothing turns blacker than Castrol GTX conventional oil.
Not saying it's good or bad but it's always the blackest.



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