Re: 2000 TJ Oil Consumption
Well I think you're making a fairly broad assumption here too. Let me cure that first. :-)
Not a single penny more then necessary will go to the dealer now that I own the Jeep. Not in labour anyway. I have done all of my own mechanical work to all of my vehicles ever since I have a memory. Everything from engine re&res to tranny conversions, to pumping up a flat. The reason it's going to dealer on this one is because it has factory warranty left. And if that will pay for a ring job or a valve seal job, then all the better. It's going in for a few things that I've noticed in the last week such as:
1. Passenger door lock isn't working properly.
2. Tailgate is leaking water.
3. Make and program a 2nd key that they didn't have ready when we picked it up.
4. Make a record of the oil 'issue' in case we can't prove it before the warranty expires.
None of those things will cost me a cent. And they will be under strict instructions to do no work on the vehicle that would contradict this statement (aside from any stupid warranty deductible anyway...).
Since that's over with, lets get back to the problem...
When I checked the coolant when I purchased it, it was a perfect green. No dark spots at all. This was before I drove it for the first time, it had been sitting for at least 4 hours. Any oil of that magnitude that would have been in the coolant would have been noticeable from the top of the rad. Also there would have been some in the overflow. Both looked fine. I didn't do the necessary tests because of the low KMs on it. This is where my 'assumption' comes in. If it's not on the floor, not in the oil pan, and not in the coolant, it's gotta be going out the pipe.
Anyway, I have an idea of what I'm doing around a vehicle, the reasoning behind asking here was to ask a wider audience if anybody else has had this problem. For instance I know that cyl #4 on 2000 Honda S2000's loses compression prematurely when you boost or add N20. I was hoping for an answer along the same lines such as, 'Oh yeah, Y2K 4L TJs all had a bad valve guide seal on the intake on cyl #3 that would cause the problem'.
Thanks for your help.... I'll let you know what I find out when I have more then 30 seconds to check under the hood.