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Old 11-29-2006, 01:51 AM   #1
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so, my van DRINKS oil.. 1 qt every other fill up... i keep adding oil

do you think it is necessary to do a full oil change on it? or just put a new filter on it and top it off...

the weird part is that i see no leaks wherever i park, at home or work, and it does not have blue smoke.
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I would still change it every once and a while, maybe every 5000 miles. But I'm a maintenance freak.
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My truck leaks like a sieve, change the filter every 6 months.
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How many miles total is that for you with every other fill-up?
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i don't think i'd worry too much about it. but i might think about putting a high milage oil in it, something thats really thick so it doesn't get used up so fast!
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Haha, believe me. It'* a Chrysler 2.5, they burn oil, even though you can't see it or smell it, but it does. My mom'* '84 Lebaron had oil disappearing all the time, no leaks anywhere, so it had to be burning it.
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How does the coolant look?
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How does the coolant look?
everything looks fine. the oil cap does have a milky substance on it, but the oil on the dipstick is fine. i get about 200 miles to a tank, i think.. there is no trip meter
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How does the coolant look?
everything looks fine. the oil cap does have a milky substance on it, but the oil on the dipstick is fine. i get about 200 miles to a tank, i think.. there is no trip meter
Thats just condensation right? Nothing bad, right?
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My oil used to disappear fairly quickly also (at Mobil1 prices ) So now I put in cheaper, thicker synthetic blend and I lose a fraction of the oil.

I'd still change it. Muck can still build.
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