Is Your Vehicle Consuming Too Much Oil?

July 3, 2018

Have you found you’ve had to replace your oil too often? This issue is more common than you think and there are a few reasons why this might be happening. In this blog post we’re going to discuss whether or not your vehicle is consuming too much oil and what you can do about it.

Is Your Vehicle Consuming Too Much Oil?

First, Lets Talk About Using the Correct Oil

When you experience an engine issues involving oil, the first thing your manufacturer’s dealership will do is test the oil in your engine. If you weren’t using the correct oil then guess what? Voided warranty.

So, always, always, always, use the correct oil for your vehicle.

Today’s oils are much more complicated and have many different markings. Every bottle of oil has a donut-shaped marking on it classifying the oil inside. First, look for an “API” or “American Petroleum Institute” rating (you will need either SM or SN). Then, you will see an “SAE” viscosity rating which will be something like 5W-30 or similar. The “W” there designated the oil as a “winter” oil.

With all these different types and markings, it’s important to be careful you are selecting the oil your vehicle requires. If you’re not sure, just take your car into your Annapolis mechanic before adding oil to your engine and ask them to do it.

How Much Oil Consumption Is Too Much?

This is a tricky question, and varies form car to car. It used to be that, as a rule of thumb, if your vehicle has less than 50,000 miles you shouldn’t use more than a quart of oil between recommended oil changes. Now, we’re seeing vehicles with manufacturer information saying a quart of oil every 1,200-1,500 is normal. We’ve seen this with Volkswagons, Toyotas, Hondas, and a few other makes and models.

What Causes Extra Oil Consumption?

There are several reasons why your engine may be consuming too much oil. Ideally, it’s something you should have your local mechanic check out. Typically, extra oil consumption is going to be attributed to faults in engines, leaks, design failures, piston issues and more.

If you’ve used the manufacturer’s recommended oil for your vehicle, and your car is still under warranty, then many manufacturers offer free fixes for faults in their engines leading to excess consumption. This is definitely one of those issues it makes the most sense to bring up to a local, experienced, Annapolis, MD auto mechanic as they can help you figure out your best course of action.

How Do I Know if it’s My Engine?

If you think you’re having issues with oil consumption, you can bring your vehicle in to Choisser Import Auto Services and we can run an oil consumption test, as well as diagnose your problem. We can then work to fix the problem ourselves or send your vehicle to your dealer if the issue you’re experiencing is still under warranty.

If you have any questions regarding your car’s oil consumption, feel free to give your local Annapolis, MD auto maintenance shop, Choisser Import Auto Services a call at 410-867-2122, today!

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