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Old 04-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Burning Oil? Drained less than put in

I have an '09 Tacoma with 91,000km on it. Yesterday when I did an oil change (after 8,000km with no top-ups), I noticed that I drained out approximately 0.7 litres/quarts less than I put in. I dumped the filter into the drain pan and let it mostly drain out, so I don't think it was holding much. So my question is, does the 2TR-FE block and oil system hold ~1/2 a quart you can't get out easily, or am I burning oil?
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All engines use some oil over the course of use. There is also no possible way besides a tear down to get all the oil you put in back out. I've drained as much as 4 1/2 qts after my first change after the factory fill. Yours seems very normal, so carry on. I'm also pretty sure that it takes 1/2 qt of oil just to coat the engine.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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OK cool, thanks for the reply.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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Where was it on the stick before draining? I always check that just for reference. (Actually, I also check at least every 500 miles.) As long as it doesn't pass below that bottom mark, you're golden.

x2 that it's impossible for a piston engine to not use at least a small amount of oil. Toyota says anything less than a quart in 600 miles is acceptable. Fortunately for us their motors tend to be FAR more frugal.
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It was about halfway between the marks on the dipstick before draining. That being said there has been discussion on this site about the dipstick marks being incorrect on the 4 cylinder.

I find the dipstick quite difficult to read as it always smears on the way up the tube. When the oil is new synthetic, it's nearly impossible for me to get a reliable reading.
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