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Old 09-05-2003, 03:29   #1 (permalink)
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Question Losing Oil at odd rate?

I've got a problem with oil consumption...I only got an oil change/filter and service a few months and now i'm almost out of oil......I noticed a little oil on the concrete under the car but don't most cars leak a little anyway?

The car has done 212,000 but the head has been changed over.

Any ideas to what it could be? or is that sort of thing normal?

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Re: Losing Oil at odd rate?

Probably the rear main seal. Unless its been changed already, by 212,000 kays it would be past its use by date.
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Re: Losing Oil at odd rate?

Check your oil filter for tightness, may have loosened, and do your own oil/filter changes, at least you'll know it's been done properly.
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Re: Losing Oil at odd rate?

Sorry, but I have to disagree AusXH, most rear mains last a lot longer than that unless the car has not been looked after.
EDclassic, you're going to have to get under the car and tell us where the oil is on your motor/engine bay. The best way is to degrease it all and then check a hundred ks or so down the road...
The main suspects are usually front and rear mains, oil filter, and the little gasket on the top of the timing cover in my experience.

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"I've got a problem with oil consumption...I only got an oil change/filter and service a few months and now i'm almost out of oil......"


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Re: Losing Oil at odd rate?

rebuilding the top end(cyl head) puts extra pressure on the bottom end, where oil burning takes place. at 212,000kms it could be pretty close to it's overall use by date.

u could try changing the oil again and using a thicker oil. penrite 50 is a 40/70 grade oil and supposedly less prone to burning.

as far as oil leaks go, if it leaked enough oil to shop up on the dipstick u'd certainly know about it. it takes approx a litre to fill the oil from the empty to the full mark on the dipstick. if it leaked a litre in the same spot, the oil stain on the ground would be about a metre in diameter.

i know alot of ppl who have had success out of penrite50 but imo a good oil to use to combat burning in shell helix plus. it's no good though if u have noisy lifters.
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Re: Losing Oil at odd rate?

What viscosity oil was used, just for the record.
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at 212,000kms it could be pretty close to it's overall use by date.
for a falcon six, 212,000KM is nothing. my EA has done 360,000KM and still doesnt burn oil; i know of OHC 6's which have over 800,000KM on them without a rebuild of the bottom end.

if you were burning oil youd notice it - so if you arent, check for oil in other places - coolant, transmission fluid, on the ground. either that or take it to a mechanic.

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Re: Losing Oil at odd rate?

working as a mechanic for a large commercial engine reconditioner i saw plenty of taxi's get over a million k's out of the I6 but i also replaced alot of these engine with as low as 160,000kms - and it was amazing how many of them had new/ish looking heads on them.
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Retorque head bolts. Check seal at rear of rocker cover?? Engines do need a top up though. Usually what stuffs an engine in the end is either over heating due to loss of coolant or low oil in motor.Should check oil, water atleast once a week before starting..Higher mileage motors may use less oil if its run slightly lower say 1/4 a litre.
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