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Old 04 Sep 2008, 01:03 pm
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Default Car eats oil - oil change interval?

2001 Corolla CE; 140,000 miles; city driving, 12-15k/year:

Car eats a quart of oil every 300-400 miles (ran it low on oil a few
years ago.) Iíve just been adding a quart of 10W30 (hi-milage) every
week or so. (I donít want to spend the big $$ to get it fixed, so Iíll
just keep driving it for a while longer, then sell it what whatever
someone is willing to pay.)

Now, giving the oil consumption rate, Iíve been adding several quarts
of oil between oil changes, and so, if you think about it, the engine
always has pretty fresh oil in it So, how often should I be taking
it in for an oil (and filter) change? Use a less frequent interval?
Or perhaps the Ďregularí interval because the filter is getting extra
dirty.

TIA
Bubba
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Old 04 Sep 2008, 01:12 pm
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<bubbabubbs@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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2001 Corolla CE; 140,000 miles; city driving, 12-15k/year:

Car eats a quart of oil every 300-400 miles (ran it low on oil a few
years ago.) Iíve just been adding a quart of 10W30 (hi-milage) every
week or so. (I donít want to spend the big $$ to get it fixed, so Iíll
just keep driving it for a while longer, then sell it what whatever
someone is willing to pay.)

Now, giving the oil consumption rate, Iíve been adding several quarts
of oil between oil changes, and so, if you think about it, the engine
always has pretty fresh oil in it So, how often should I be taking
it in for an oil (and filter) change? Use a less frequent interval?
Or perhaps the Ďregularí interval because the filter is getting extra
dirty.

TIA
Bubba

Sounds like your oil is being changed continuously so no need for an "oil
change" though I would change the filter at whatever the recommended
interval is for the car event though the oil going through it is cleaner
than in a non-burner.


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Old 04 Sep 2008, 01:42 pm
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Default Re: Car eats oil - oil change interval?

so is the car eating the good oil or the bad oil equal quantities of
each? Its probably eating the good oil. I would say change the oil and
filter every 2,000 miles or so.
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Old 04 Sep 2008, 02:35 pm
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<boxing@sasktel.net> wrote in message
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> so is the car eating the good oil or the bad oil equal quantities of
> each? Its probably eating the good oil. I would say change the oil and
> filter every 2,000 miles or so.


The oil is mixing together--- and why would you recommend changing it so
frequently? It's barely dirty at 2000...


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Old 04 Sep 2008, 03:54 pm
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On 2008-09-04, bubbabubbs@yahoo.com <bubbabubbs@yahoo.com> wrote:
> 2001 Corolla CE; 140,000 miles; city driving, 12-15k/year:
>
> Car eats a quart of oil every 300-400 miles (ran it low on oil a few
> years ago.) I?ve just been adding a quart of 10W30 (hi-milage) every
> week or so. (I don?t want to spend the big $$ to get it fixed, so I?ll
> just keep driving it for a while longer, then sell it what whatever
> someone is willing to pay.)
>
> Now, giving the oil consumption rate, I?ve been adding several quarts
> of oil between oil changes, and so, if you think about it, the engine
> always has pretty fresh oil in it So, how often should I be taking
> it in for an oil (and filter) change? Use a less frequent interval?
> Or perhaps the ?regular? interval because the filter is getting extra
> dirty.


You need to find where the oil is going. Leaking it is one thing,
burning it is another.


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Old 04 Sep 2008, 05:33 pm
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On Sep 4, 2:54*pm, Brent P <tetraethylleadREMOVET...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> You need to find where the oil is going. Leaking it is one thing,
> burning it is another.


No oil leaks. My mechanic says the oil is burned in the catalytic
converter.
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Old 04 Sep 2008, 06:02 pm
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bubbabubbs@yahoo.com wrote:
> On Sep 4, 2:54 pm, Brent P <tetraethylleadREMOVET...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> You need to find where the oil is going. Leaking it is one thing,
>> burning it is another.

>
> No oil leaks. My mechanic says the oil is burned in the catalytic
> converter.


You should anticipate having fun at your next state inspection
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Old 04 Sep 2008, 06:23 pm
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On Sep 4, 5:02*pm, Frank <frankdotlogullo@comcastperiodnet> wrote:
> bubbabu...@yahoo.com wrote:
> > On Sep 4, 2:54 pm, Brent P <tetraethylleadREMOVET...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >> You need to find where the oil is going. Leaking it is one thing,
> >> burning it is another.

>
> > No oil leaks. My mechanic says the oil is burned in the catalytic
> > converter.

>
> You should anticipate having fun at your next state inspection


It passed emissions test a year ago, and it had been eating oil for
two years.
Next emissions test is in 1 year
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Old 04 Sep 2008, 08:38 pm
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On 2008-09-04, bubbabubbs@yahoo.com <bubbabubbs@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Sep 4, 2:54*pm, Brent P <tetraethylleadREMOVET...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> You need to find where the oil is going. Leaking it is one thing,
>> burning it is another.

>
> No oil leaks. My mechanic says the oil is burned in the catalytic
> converter.


Then the engine has internal issues of one degree or another. Unless you
track down the specific causes of the oil getting/remaining in the
combustion chamber you may not want to count on it as being a 'self
changing' system as oil is added to make up the difference.




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Old 05 Sep 2008, 07:47 pm
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On Sep 4, 2:03*pm, bubbabu...@yahoo.com wrote:
> 2001 Corolla CE; 140,000 miles; city driving, 12-15k/year:
>
> Car eats a quart of oil every 300-400 miles (ran it low on oil a few
> years ago.) Iíve just been adding a quart of 10W30 (hi-milage) every
> week or so. (I donít want to spend the big $$ to get it fixed, so Iíll
> just keep driving it for a while longer, then sell it what whatever
> someone is willing to pay.)
>
> Now, giving the oil consumption rate, Iíve been adding several quarts
> of oil between oil changes, and so, if you think about it, the engine
> always has pretty fresh oil in it *So, how often should I be taking
> it in for an oil (and filter) change? *Use a less frequent interval?


Yup.
Also, I'd try something thicker than 10W30; 10W40 or 15W50; to see if
that slows the oil burning.

> Or perhaps the Ďregularí interval because the filter is getting extra
> dirty.


No worries about that now. Given a choice you want to buy oil filters
with the greatest capacity. But it really doesn't matter. Your engine
won't notice.

>
> TIA
> Bubba


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