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Posted 30 August 2005 - 06:34 PM
Posted 30 August 2005 - 07:09 PM
No one will be able to give you a definitive answer as to when the engine will croak for the last time. A couple of things to consider: change to a thicker oil that will not go past the rings as quickly. If you're using a 10W30 weight oil, change to a 20W40 weight. I wouldn't think that an entire oil change to do so would be necessary, as the engine seems to be doing that on its own. As well, driving the car in its present state is taking a chance at getting stranded, usually at a very inconvenient time, requiring a tow, overnight accommodations, rental cars, etc. The problem needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 07:51 PM
Otherwise, I hope the engine dies close to home, or at least near a good bar.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 09:20 PM
Posted 30 August 2005 - 09:26 PM
Any maintainence been done like cam shaft seals or oil pump gasket?
You say it "burns" oil but have you seen oil smoke?
If so when?
Cold start, under load or when off the gas at highway speeds?
Any of these could have different causes. Major oil smoke out the pipe does indicate internal issues. No smoke seen could be leaks under the hood that can be hard to find but repairable without major cost.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 09:52 PM
Does oil burning past the rings cause the rings to wear faster? Opinions?
Posted 30 August 2005 - 10:59 PM
Posted 31 August 2005 - 12:13 AM
As I understand, the car is using/losing one liter of oil for every 3000km. That's nothing. Even the Germans all insist that up to one liter per 1000km is still fine. (Yep, this is stated clearly in VW and Audi manuals).
The engine won't die suddenly UNLESS you forget to top off the oil.
Keep the car, and always have a quart of oil in the trunk. Monitor the oil level every 600 miles - on a cold, level parked engine.
As mentioned, a slighty thicker oil would be good. Enjoy!
Posted 31 August 2005 - 12:28 PM
i have a 92 legacy and im adding 1 quart every 250 miles, it has 160k on it, in the mornig thers a cloud of blue smoke, and if i step on it thers a cloud too, it starts fine, runs great, has a kick, done 3.5 k in 7 weeks, never had a problem,... i dont even check the oli, after i fill up gas i just add 1 quart:cool:, not a major problem,
Posted 31 August 2005 - 12:49 PM
Still, before you panic, maybe a test (leak down test?) would tell you wheter it's the rings or just a valve guide/seal. One type repair may be cheaper/easier.
Try a heavier weight oil and just drive it.
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