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Old 09-23-2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Always running low on oil?

I noticed when I changed my oil that it is REALLY low- so I decided I'd start checking it all the time. It's ALWAYS below the fill mark, and I check it atleast once a month, and therefore fill it. I know all cars burn a little oil, but isn't this a little excessive? Is this normal or should I bring it in?
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:34 PM   #2
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Exactly how much is it burning/are you adding every time?
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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i had two different oil leaks.

you should lay out some cardboard to see if you get any drips.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:33 AM   #4
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You can take it to the dealer for this. They have a way to check how much oil it is consuming.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:43 AM   #5
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IMO, if it's that low, you would notice blue smoke, or at least smell it often. Are you doin your own oil changes?.... If not make sure whoever is putting 8 quarts in it. A lot of folks are still stuck on the 5 or 6 quart thing.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:42 AM   #6
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At about 1200 miles my oil level dropped from near the top of the stick to the low end of it in a few weeks. Dealer put in 3/4 qt. brought it up to full. Ive got 2400 miles now and the oil level is still on full. I did change my oil at 1900 miles. Sort of wierd but it seems ok now.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:47 AM   #7
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new engines typically burn a little oil. this should stop after a few thousand miles, maybe not entirely, but not enough to where you should have to add oil between changes (doesn't mean you shouldnt check to be safe!)
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:26 PM   #8
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IMO, if it's that low, you would notice blue smoke, or at least smell it often. Are you doin your own oil changes?.... If not make sure whoever is putting 8 quarts in it. A lot of folks are still stuck on the 5 or 6 quart thing.


This was my first thought.....

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Old 09-24-2010, 03:21 PM   #9
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All I have to say is glad I have a catch can. It may not be a lot of oil but it saves a decent chunk from going back into the engine.
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Old 09-24-2010, 03:30 PM   #10
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I dump about 1/4 cup out of my catch can every 400 miles.
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Old 09-24-2010, 03:56 PM   #11
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there is a gm bulletin for this,, they have a new valve cover and also all the gm dod/afm engines have a bulletin for a new shield to go over the afm pressure relief valve in the pan to stop oil from spraying onto the crankshaft then to the bottoms of the pistons/cylinders and a de-carbon procedure to clean the pistons/ rings from this oil/carbon build up.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:39 PM   #12
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I drain about 6 oz from my catch can every 3,000 miles.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:54 PM   #13
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I dump about 1/4 cup out of my catch can every 400 miles.
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I drain about 6 oz from my catch can every 3,000 miles.
same here, even more with the cam
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:48 AM   #14
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I had a leak from my oil pan gasket and oil cooler. It wasn't enough to cause a drip, but when I took it to the dealership for an oil change, while it was on the lift they saw that it was covering everything under my car back to the trans.

It wouldn't hurt to have them take a look at it. Its covered.
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