Every two weeks I have to add a quart of oil to my car. There are none of the typical visible oil leaks. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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2003 Infiniti I35
Question: My car is losing oil.
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, March 24, 2011, 21:56Master
If there are no leaks the engine must be "burning oil". To pin point where oil is leaking from the engine may need to steam clean the engine first. Starting with a clean engine and then running the engine it may be easier to identify specific leaks. If the oil leak can not be identified, florescent dye may need to be added to the oil and the engine run for a while. After running the engine the dye used has florescence in the dye is visible under UV light and it helps pin points the source of the leak. Identify the color of the oil to differentiate whether the oil leak is steering fluid, brake fluid, or transmission fluid and try to identify the location of the fluid leak under the vehicle, ie front of engine compartment, rear of engine compartment , passenger or driver's side of vehicle.
It is normal for an engine to require a little engine oil between services. For an engine to require excessive amounts of engine oil between services means the engine is either burning oil or leaking oil. Leaking oil should be pretty obvious, look for leaks underneath the engine at the oil filter, oil drain plug, and oil filter. Look for oil leaking from the timing belt cover area/timing chain cover and valve cover gasket. If an engine is "burning oil" look at the tail pipe and rear bumper for signs off discoloration or black oily deposits oil. Oil may leak down the valve guides particularly after the engine has been shut off and started from cold,if so blue oil smoke may be emitted from the tail pipe on start up, (this may also be noticeable if the car is left idle for a few minutes and then accelerated away for example after sitting at a traffic light). If the piston oil control rings are worn the engine normally smokes on acceleration. Oil control rings may fail due to an engine that has badly overheated or has had infrequent engine oil changes. Frequent oil changes with good quality oil is critical to long engine life. Perhaps changing oil viscocity to the next "thicker" grade would help.
Answer #2Visitor, March 25, 2011, 05:11
You got your answer from reply #1
Answer #3Visitor, March 28, 2011, 04:56
If there are no visible leaks externally, it is probabley happening internally. Have the vehicle inspected by a shop you can trust.