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Old 03-06-2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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oil consumption

i'm coming up on an oil change and i just check my oil level and it's down about a 1/4 of quart....anybody have a clue why?......the oil is clean and i don't see any leaks above or below.....
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:23 PM   #2
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Normal oil use is just over 1/2 quart in 3000 miles.
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did you do the previous oil change yourself or have it done somewhere? Also if your truck is 11 years old and only burning 1/4 quart of oil over 3,000 miles I would not complain too loudly.
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thank you brothers....and yes change my own oil. also just got an afe drop-in and it's sweeeet! it's gonna be a good happy hour.
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thank you brothers....and yes change my own oil. also just got an afe drop-in and it's sweeeet! it's gonna be a good happy hour.
very nice do you have any pics of the truck?
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:37 PM   #6
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not yet.....very stock, but very clean. things i want to do: seafoam, spark plugs, fluids in transfer, differential.
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stock is fine, I haven't done anything to mine...yet
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Well 1/4 is not a big deal. as you have seen. But there are many reasons.

If you Oil that your drain is not the color you like, do a Oil flush.
with AFT fluid....

also think about adding Marvel mystery oil to your Fuel and Oil, about 100 miles before your next change. If for some reason your rings are getting stuck this might help. This may do nothing or it may work or it may destroy your car.

Research and do what you feel is good....

Or leave it as it and check the oil every fill up..
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1/4 quart on a 10 year old vehicle is nothing. Keep on driving! In fact thats pretty decent for any engine.
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Old 03-07-2009, 03:28 AM   #10
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When I owned my 96....(3.4L), it would be down 1/2 quart every 4,000 miles (or about half-way down on the dipstick).

I was using Mobile 1 - which tends to seep further/deeper into engine parts. I actually found my oil pan was seeping a bit just not enough to justify the oil loss. I ended up crawling underneath and tightening the oil pan a bit (what I could reach). I wasn't alarmed by the oil consumption at all. The truck had 110k miles on it. Truck always ran fine and I always kept an eye on things.

Just make note of that and keep an eye on it - in case it gets worse and/or if you develope leaks somewhere.
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Good point on the synthetics. You might try switching to a non synthetic or high mileage blend. Could be if you're using synthetic that it's just a little thin and leaking by something.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:12 AM   #12
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i'll be crawling under the truck this weekend just to check......i bought the truck aug of 08....the oil in it then and now is rotella 5w40....and it looks clean.....
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