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3 quarts a week???
OK, here's one for you motor heads. I did not even think it was possible that a Zuk motor could consume 3 quarts of oil per week, but this one does!
Here's the story:
I picked up a Zuk with a blown head gasket a while back and the old owner said it had not been driven in a while. A new water pump, head gasket, timing belt and plugs were installed in it and now that it has been all put back together and is being driven daily, but it uses almost as much oil as it does gas. It smoked (whitish grey) a little so I put a 1/2 quart of Lucas in it and it now only smokes on start up and it is not really noticeable when driving. The perplexing part of this is that it has great compression and is much faster than most any other Samurai with a stock 1.3 I have driven, but it eats oil at a disturbing rate. As many Zuks' as I have worked on I know that the problem is either the rings or the valve seals and looking at the plugs that I removed it had oil around the base of them indicating it was probably the oil rings' not sealing....but 3 quarts a week????
Has anyone had this bad of a problem?