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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-16-2000, 01:33 AM
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Oil consumption question

Hello, today I checked my oil. The dip stick showed the oil at the low dot. It has been about 3000 miles since I changed the oil and filled it up to the top. I had to add a half quart of oil today so it moved to the middle dot. I am wondering. Do you think that is normal for oil to go down so much? It seemed after 3000 miles, I lost a quart of oil. Is that normal? Thank you for your reply

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-16-2000, 02:10 AM
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Re: Oil consumption question

If your motor has over 100,000 miles on it I'd say that your oil consumption is
typical.My old 1.3 engine used to drink a lot more oil than yours and what
amazed me was that it never showed any smoke from the exhaust.I guess the cat
was burning it up.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-16-2000, 09:44 AM
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Re: Oil consumption question

Sounds like your oil consumption is better than most people I talk with. My '89 kick w/ 121K miles on the 1.6L uses 1qt about every 1500 miles. It doesn't burn any oil except during the initial morning start. Heck, @ 3K miles, it's time to change the oil anyway, so you're not really losing anything!

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-16-2000, 10:47 AM
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Re: Oil consumption question

I have a stock 1987 zuk with 97,000 miles. I might use a quart every 6,000 or so. How hard do you drive yours? I must admit I do go easy on mine considering it's age and mileage.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 03-18-2000, 02:30 PM
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I have an 89 sidekick w/1.6. It has over 150K miles and uses oil at about 1qt per 700 miles. I know that the valve seals are bad and most of the oil is going out that way. Even at that level of consumption, there is no blue smoke. I leave the oil level at the add mark to keep the bugger from blowing a huge cloud of smoke on start up in the morning. At least, there will be no bugs around my neighborhood for awhile. A compression check should help determine if rings are a problem. My compression was at 150 per cylinder so I figure the valve seals are the main problem. I intend to change them soon. Hope some of this helps.

post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-18-2000, 07:31 PM
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Re: Oil consumption question

look at it this way, you are using about an ounce of oil for every 200 miles, it isn't that much when you look at it that way! The harder you run a small engine, the more oil it uses. Remember, driving 60 to 70 mph really gets the rpms up there, you don't have to be 4-wheeling to run it hard.

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