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Excessive Oil Consumption on Chrysler Town & Country

Problem Description and Possible Solution

There have been reports of excess oil consumption due to oil burning in the combustion chamber. This can be occurring even without the traditional blue oil smoke noted from the tail pipe. In some cases this oil consumption is due to problems with the PCV system. It is recommend a complete inspection of the PVC system, including this oil baffle inside the valve cover, be performed if excess oil consumption is noted. According to the manufacturer, usage of 1quart of oil every 1,000 miles is acceptable.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 82,829 (9,256–300,000)
Engine affected: 3.8L V6
8 model years affected: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010, 2015
43 people reported this problem
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I got my 2008 van in 2010. I love the van but for the last year I had to replace the bearings. This is what the loud noise was from. I change my oil routinely because during my sons school year I have to drive him to school five days awake. I usually hit the mileage befor the month to change the oil. For the last year I have been experiencing a loss of oil before the next oil change arrives. This has been happening for about a year now. I have to bring it back to my guys that do my oil change. They are just as baffled about the situation as I'am. There is know oil on the ground where the van sits. Now I think the suspension is going out. I still owe a lot on this van. I thought with the name of chrysler assigned to this van I would have a dependable vehicle. I know it was a rental van. So I knew that it would have to be kept up. I still have to get the recall stuff done on this van but I'm afraid to bring it to the local dealer. I still have a oil problem to this day. I had my oil changed on December 17. And my return date was March 17 or 101,000 miles, give or take a few more miles but my oil change chime is already chiming. My husband and I checked the oil level and the stick was almost dry. Does Chrysler realize that this could severely damage the vans engine and us customers can't afford new cars.
2005 t&c has begun to use 1qt every 750 miles without any visible sign leaks or smoke. Vehicle has 104409 miles.The problem has been an on going issue over past year.I changed pcv valve without any success.Chrysler needs to address if they want to keep loyal customers.
I have been doing oil consumption tests every 1,000 miles because I am going through a quart of oil. Never see oil dripping on the ground or smoking out the exhaust.
Oil light came on oil 3/4 of a quart low. Have been doing oil consumption test the last three thousand miles and it burns 3/4 of a quart every 1000 miles. I have owned cars that were 14 years old with over 200 thousand miles on them and never burned 3/4 of a quart in between oil changes. There have been many problems with this vehicle. We purchased new in 2008 with the life time power train warranty, lets see what they are going to do to take care of the situation.
I am purchasing oil, 6 quarts at a time. Every time I check my 2006 T&C, 1000-1500 miles, I have to add 1 or 2 quarts. Before we took a trip, at about 38000 miles, a garage check for tires & fluids found no oil on the dip stick. It is not normal. Have a 2002 Chevy Blazer for work and add gas and water. Change the oil every 6000-7500 miles. That is normal.
Goes through 1-1.5 quarts of oil every 750-1000 miles. No evidence of leaks or burning oil in the exhaust. Performed oil consumption test to confirm. It's absurd that the dealer tells us this is within factory specs. Dealer recommends the only cure is an engine rebuild! I've owned beaters with 150k-300k miles that didn't use this much oil. So much for 'American-Made' quality!
3.3 liter motor with 30,000 mls when purchased is now using 3 qts in 3300 mls.Thats insane .should have never bought a chrysler
I own 5 T&C's. 2002 up. The 3.8 burns oil like a *&^%$. Each engine takes at least 1 qt per 3 thousand miles. Bad engine design. I recently purchased a new 2015 with newer, smaller engine. We will see.
Common problem with 3.8L Caravan & T&C is early and excessive oil consumption. Most of the time its the PVC valve and the PVC hose.
Replace valve and hose with dealer supplied OEM parts. Many aftermarket PVC valves don't work properly in the 3.8L. If it has been going on for a while, you may want to run a can of Sea Foam through the throttle body to clean carbon deposits off the valves, combustion chamber and pistons.
After driving about 1000 miles from Florida to Michigan not thinking to check the oil about for five days later the light went on so we check your oil in it we didn't even register on the dipstick so I put a couple of quarts of oil in it and took it up to the oil change place and had them change the oil so far everything's been running OK