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Location of dipstcks identify which one is which.

Hi I have a 93 Nissan Pathfinder that I just bought. I just checked the dipstick on the passenger side closest to where you fill the oil the dip stick said hot and cold on it it was clean fluid and the top of the dipstick was silver. On the drivers side dipstick it the top was yellow in color and had L on the end of the dipstck and H on the top for the fluid levels. I feel kind of stupid asking this but I just want to make sure so i know why the one with the yellow top on it has such dark liquids in it. I think it is the transmission fluid, if it is it is realy dirty clear blackish color in it.

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  • yusuf2173 May 24, 2009

    there is a little dark smoke that comes out of the tail pipe after i give it some gas right after the car starts to idle again then a little smoke comes out then stops. Any ideas. someone told me that it might need a new head gasket I sure hope not.

  • yusuf2173 May 24, 2009

    The dipstick with a yellow handle on it, I think is the oil because it has L for low and H for high for the fluid measurement. It is kind of clear with a slight darkness to it. But then again it has 160.000 miles on it. There is also a little oil leaking from the valve cover gaskets, but I dont think it's enough to be worried about. Also every time I hit a pot whole in the road the car sounds like it it is hitting the ground every time. very loud and it's kind of hard to control the car when it happens. It does not feel like it has any suspension. If i push down on the front of the car repeatedly it make a clicking noise. Im worried a man told me that it needs air shocks because they have a hose hoked up to them in the front. I think nthey are going to be xpensive.


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Hot and Cold is your transmission dipstick. High and Low is your oil dipstick. It is normal for oil to be dark after a couple hundred miles once the oil has been changed.

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  • chevydan04 May 24, 2009

    Not sure usually when its a head gasket you get white smoke. Could be loss of compression in the piston rings, or your valves are not seating properly. If you are not getting a CEL (check engine light) on I wouldn't worry about it to much. Most likely your are getting some blow by on the piston rings. Which means oil is going past them into the combustion chamber.


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If that oil no longer has the viscosity i.e. no longer feels even slightly when the fingertips of the thumb and forefinger, or if rubbed gently in the finger feels even a bit grainy, even a hint to that effect, get it replaced immediately. " L " -- means low & " H " for high. Most probably that's gear oil, which is thick but has not black but let's say deep golden brown. Replace the oil.........sodeep

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    Sudeep Chatterjee May 25, 2009

    Now what u are saying is a problem with the Suspension, both spring & hydraulic shockers. The shockers must have lost it capacity to withstand Jerks, bumps, etc. This is due the hydraulic fluid loss due to a malfunctioning oil seal in the shocker it self. It time you changed the shocker, all at the same time, 'cos that is the thumb rule. The oil seems to be OK except that if it shows the level to be near the yellow mark, just top up till the level reaches thrree quarter mark between the L H marks......sodeep


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