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Gas in oil

Can anyone tell me why is that when i changed my oil in my '99 can of tuna it smelled strongly of gasoline?and 55 miles later it was jet black again?

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    chris Feb 25, 2009

    thank you! could you guesstimate how much a bike mech would charge to fix this problem?

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    chris Feb 26, 2009

    thank you sooooooooo much! i just wanted to have an idea b/4 i walked into the shop

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If you have gas in your oil, you either have piston rings that are leaking through or valves that are leaking.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

  • David Shaub Feb 25, 2009

    I can't help you with that, it all depends on the mechanic. There will be at least 4 hours labor involved though.

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