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Old 05-16-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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When I bought the car, 3000 miles ago, the dealership changed the oil. Now, over the weekend I get “OIL LEVEL LOW” in the DIC. Well, it went away while driving but returned. I check the oil and to my surprise it really was low! Not even enough to cover the min mark. I looked under the car for leaks, nada. Where did the oil go? Is this common? I only have 67k on the clock.
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Very odd. I would suggest doing a oil change, make sure you have the correct level, and then monitor it for the next 3000 miles. If it drops then start looking in to where it'* going.
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Make sure to look for leaks around the manifold where they can drip and burn off. These are hard to find and also dangerous as they can start fires.
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pull the 710 cap off, fill it up, take her for a 15 min drive to get everything warmed up and park it over a large piece of cardboard.
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I second the oil change, it is due for it any way. When they are done, confirm it is at the full mark, then check it on a regular basis. Every 3800 I have seen averages using a quart by the time for the next oil change. Any thing beyond that, you have issues.
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My 2001 SSEi Bonny goes through1 quart every 1250 miles. No leak, doesn't visually burn it. This has been going on for past 6+ years. Mileage is now 155k. I simply accept it and add a quart 2 times before each oil change.After over 6 years of this, I lose zero sleep over it. My Bonny is a great vehicle, runs great and has never left me stranded.
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GM tells their techs etc that a quart every 3,000 is normal. Makes you wonder if the last change was full.
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A quart every 3k? Geeeez. I only change the oil when it tells me to (about every 5k or so) and my car doesn't use any oil.
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my 3400 monte and 3800 bonnie have lost about a quart every 5k when i change it and have done that since i got them and i have 155k on the bonnie and about 170k on the monte now
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A quart every 3k? Geeeez. I only change the oil when it tells me to (about every 5k or so) and my car doesn't use any oil.
Same, since my overhaul. It'* probably the rear cover gasket that'* leaking like a sieve. If you want to pull the engine and fix it, more power to you; otherwise, just keep adding oil as needed and you'll be fine.
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