engine using excessive oil... burn or leak?
I drive a 96 toyota corolla w/ about 110,000 miles and am concerned about
excessive oil consumption. Presently the car goes through about 1 quart
per 1,000 miles. I suspect that I know the cause of the problem. About 11
months when I first got the car, I didn't know much about engines at all
and overfilled it by three quarts (!!!). After overfilling it I drove
about 10 miles and it felt kind of sluggish. I told a friend about how
much oil I put in and then they gasped. 11 months down the road i still
don't know much about engines except that overfull oil is bad. I'm sure I
did some kind of damage, but the car is still totally driveable. After it
happened, I burned about 1 qt per 1,500 miles... but it seems to be getting
worse. I read that replacing the valve stem seals can curb oil
consumption. If I took it into a dealer, would they likely be able to find
an easy cure? Or am I just screwed...?
First get an idea where the oil is going. Does it smoke quite badly while you are driving? Does it smoke a blue cloud when you first start it in the morming? Does it leak oil on the ground? Did it use oil before you put the extra oil ,did you add oil because it needed oil?
Ernie said everything that I can think of...would have to ask the other
half but he managed to make it to work today! LoL
Smoking bad while driving?
Does it leave a fresh oil spot on the ground after being parked?