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Old 13 Nov 2013, 04:22 pm
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Default Why does my 2010 TSX keep needing oil only 1000 miles after my last oil change?

Ever since I got the car, ~8,000 miles ago, only about 1000 miles after I get an oil change (this is my 3rd oil change since owning this car), I get a flash on the dashboard.. "Check Engine Oil".. it just flashes, doesn't stay on. I check my oil, and it is indeed LOW -- like a quart low! Just 1/3 into my oil change. It happened following an oil change from the dealer, and also from my private mechanic.

I put only synthetic in the car, and I see no signs of oil spotting under my vehicle. The car is at 40k miles, and I have only put about 8k on it since I bought it.

Any ideas?

Spoke with my mechanic, apparently it's a known issue with Acura's (and Audi's and Volkswagens).. when the car is cold, results in high consumption of oil, or if lower-grade gas is put in the car. Or, pounding on the gas when the car is still cold. I don't do any of this, but the owner before me could have.

Wasn't a strict solution, but eventually if you dont keep on top of the oil levels, you'll screw up your engine.
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Old 13 Nov 2013, 04:35 pm
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Somewhere in your line or tank you probably have a pinhole sized leak, and very slowly oil drains out at virtually an unnoticeable rate. This would explain why every thousand miles or so, you need to add oil. You need to have the entire system pressure tested to find the leak.
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Old 13 Nov 2013, 04:46 pm
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how often do you change the oil-I have followed the oil life (maintenance minder) on my 06 tsx since the car was new almost 7 years ago. I wait until it gets to at least 15% and a code appears telling what service needs to be done. My car has never burned or lost oil. My car now has 163K+problem free miles. Is you tsx still under warranty. If so go to the acura dealer and have it checked out.
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Old 13 Nov 2013, 05:04 pm
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I just traded in my 2010 TSX. Never had an issue with the oil. I drive 10k-12k miles a year with only 1-2 oil changes a year. I would even get an oil change before the maintenance minder told me because I felt it was a long time. You need to be firm with the service department at Acura and have them fix it. New cars don't need that many oil changes.
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