Loss of Oil

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Tara, Oct 15, 2003.

  1. Tara

    Tara Guest

    SL2 1995
    Does anyone know where the oil goes?
    I checked my motor oil one week and it was full, a week later I heard a
    ticking, again checked the motor oil and there was no oil at all showing on
    the dipstick.
    I can check the oil for a month and it will be OK then all of a sudden it
    goes to complete empty.
    Also when I have an oil change done the oil is put to full and within aprox
    3 days it will be down a litre.
    It has been like this since I bought the car new in 95.
    The oil gasket does not leak, had it changed just in case that was the
    problem. Never find any spot leaks in the drive way
    And the oil pressure light nevers come on with a warning of low oil, been
    like this since I bought the car new in 95.
    I've heard other Saturn owners complain about the same thing.
    Anyone know where the oil goes???
    Tara, Oct 15, 2003
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    C. E. White Guest

  3. Tara

    satyr Guest

    Some good stuff but I have to totally disagree with what they say
    about leaks (that an almost unnoticeable leak can account for
    significant oil loss). I have a Volvo that leaks like the Exxon
    Valdez and I add maybe a quart every 4000 miles.
    satyr, Oct 16, 2003
  4. Tara

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    Does anyone know where the oil goes?
    Yeah, it goes out the tailpipe.

    If the car has done this since it was new, you should have taken it back while
    still under warranty to be fixed.
    BANDIT2941, Oct 16, 2003
  5. Tara

    C. E. White Guest

    You should have an oil analysis done on your 4000 mile old oil. You
    might be suprised to find out exactly what is in your crankcase after
    4000 miles. We used to have an old tractor that would "make oil."
    depsite leaking oil out of every crevice.

    Ed White
    C. E. White, Oct 16, 2003
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    asteeves3869 Guest

    I brought my 95 Saturn in time and time again and they gave me the old song
    and dance. Now it's too late. Mine is doing the same thing. Tara email me
    about this to compare notes.
    asteeves3869, Oct 20, 2003
  7. Tara

    satyr Guest

    I assume that the tractor was filling the crankcase with gas (diesel?)
    from running rich/badly. I am pretty sure that the Volvo isn't
    running rich. The fuel injection is in good shape and it runs clean
    and strong. Also, it never uses any coolant.

    Besides, if you believe the previously cited links, it would have to
    be 100% gasoline in the crankcase by the time I change it after 6000
    miles. I never notice any gasoline smell when checking or changing
    the oil. Mfr recommends changing every 10K BTW.
    satyr, Oct 21, 2003
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    Bill Davis Guest

    maybe, maybe not. My local dealer ate half the cost of an engine
    rebuild on my '93 SL at 120K miles after I pointed out that I'd
    consistently identified to them increasing oil consumption as a
    problem since about 40-50K. The car was using 1 qt/500 miles at the
    time of rebuild.
    Bill Davis, Oct 21, 2003
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