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Old 12-17-2003, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default Saturn using way too much Oil


I have a 1995 Saturn SL1 Manual, and I am having problems with the car using/burning too much oil. The car has burned oil since the day I got it, but here lately it’s been going through oil more and more every week. It started out with me checking my oil 4 days ago, (Dec/12), and it turned out to be fine. I drive the car a lot, mainly to school and to my friend’s house, maybe 5-9 miles. Well today, I drove to my friend’s house, which happens to be about 25 miles away. So I take the highway, as soon as I turn off the off-ramp, I notice the engine making a very strange noise when I accelerate. So as soon as I get to his house, I stop the car and check the oil, only to find out that the oil is below the oil registering part of the dip stick!!! I flipped out, so I put in Vavoline Max life 10w-30 oil in for high mileage engines. I knew the engine was hot, so I only poured enough in so that it registered half way on the dip-stick. So I let the engine cool down so that I can check the oil again, and it’s fine. I drive home, being very cautious, taking it easy. When I get home I let the car cool down for about 20 min and I check the oil again, only to find out that the oil is low yet again. So I put a little more oil in and I leave to get gas, and go to Starbucks. I go to a friend’s house after Starbucks and chill out. An hour later I checked my oil before I leave, and its halfway on the dipstick, from when it was originally at the full line. I fill it yet again and drive home. I tell my mom about the situation, and we are going to have it checked out. I guess I am not going to be driving it until it gets fixed. The thing that I don't understand is how the oil is getting so low and I not notice the engine smoking, and it’s certainly not leaving oil puddles on the ground. I checked the engine, and around the right side of the block, I notice some oil soaked into the block, so I am guessing that something is leaking, and getting burned. Anyone who can help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 12-17-2003, 03:19 AM   #2
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Where do you see it coming from on the right side of the block? Near the top? sounds like it might be coming out of the Cam Cover gasket. Fairly common leak. Fairly easy fix. However everyone on here has their own opinions on the right way to do it.
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:21 AM   #3
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The "leak" is over the far right sparkplug, just below the block cover.
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:22 AM   #4
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Sounds like your need a new engine...
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:26 AM   #5
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Ah! Don't tell me I need a new engine! I checked the oil when I got home tonight, and its keeping up fine, I will see if leaks anymore tonight.
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Old 12-17-2003, 12:58 PM   #6
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Saturns use oil?? lol

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Old 12-17-2003, 03:17 PM   #7
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Saturns use oil?? lol

(im just trying to raise my post count
That's the funniest post of the day.

I use that restore oil treatment and the car burns very little oil. Sounds like its alittle too late for you though......r.i.p.

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The "leak" is over the far right sparkplug, just below the block cover.
Just take it off and reseal it with more nastey goo.
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:44 PM   #8
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or you could do the desperate thing and use strait 30. let the car warm up for about 20 min in the cold tho. hehehe. it may cut your consumption back a little bit, and if you dont drive it to hard, increase its life. or buy a new engine
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Old 12-17-2003, 07:54 PM   #9
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Thanks for your guys help..

Ps. I normally try not to drive it hard!

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Old 12-17-2003, 09:04 PM   #10
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Ps. I normally try not to drive it hard!
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