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Old 10-04-2010, 21:48   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Dipstick at add, 1500 miles?

Make:Mercury
Model: Cougar
Year:1995
Engine:V8
Miles:50200

Well, I am not entirely sure on the situation. I think though that my oil is at add, and its only been around 1500 to 2000 miles. Is this normal? I haven't experienced any problems with burning oil or anything like that. Also, drivablity is fine aswell.
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Re: Oil Dipstick at add, 1500 miles?

Hi, no it's not normal, but it still happens. Valve seals are sometimes a hidden oil burner. After the car has sit for a while, have someone start it up for you and look for a puff of smoke that lasts for only a few seconds. Also let someone drive it [while you follow] and watch for smoke when they let off of the gas pedal or while coasting down hill. These are signs of bad valve seals and most people never notice the smoke while they are the driver.

Note: this is just one possibility.
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Old 10-06-2010, 18:49   #3 (permalink)
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If it's the stem seals like he says, you can check your spark plugs, the electrode may have very large, tumor-like growths of carbon on them, that's how I found out.
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