Troubleshooting Engine Oil Troubles

Posted On February 13th, 2018

When you are experiencing low oil levels between changes, it is a sign that the engine is having troubles. Car Wreckers Adelaide offers the following advice for troubleshooting for possible problems and causes.
Firstly, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms they could be the reason for your oil consumption:

  • Smoke in exhaust
  • No smoke in exhaust
  • Coolant brown and foamy
  • Oil puddles or drips

There are reasons that the car’s engine doesn’t seem to be burning oil, but it is low anyway. If you have noticed that there is no smoke in the exhaust, you could have a problem with:

  • The PCV system is failing and will need a replacement valve.
  • There may be mechanical problems with the engine and will require a mechanic’s attention.
  • The car’s engine seals of the valve may be broken or worn and will need replacement.
  • The car’s seals and gaskets may be damaged and need replacement.

You may notice other issues of your car, such as the coolant is brown and foamy. There doesn’t seem to be any signs of the oil leaking, and the exhaust is smoke-free. you may be having an issue with:

  • The head gasket may be blown and needs replacement.
  • The cylinder head may be cracked, and needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • When the oil leaks to the water cooler may also be the issue and will need to be repaired or replaced.

If, when you stop the car there is oil that leaks from under the hood it is a sign of a leak. If you notice oil puddles under the car when you stop the car, it is a sign of an oil leak. You may also see or smell oil burning. The causes could include:

  • Your PCV system is failing and will need to be repaired.
  • The seals and gaskets of the engine are damaged and will need to be repaired or replaced.
  • The oil filter may be loose and will need to be tightened.

If there is smoke in the exhaust then the engine is burning oil; but, it is burning oil between changes, and the car doesn’t seem to have the same power. The causes could be:

The PCV system is failing:
There could be a clog in the system that is causing the oil to burn quicker; air intake could be blowing it back into the engine. The PCV valve will need replacement.
There may be mechanical issues with the car, and a mechanic’s attention is required:
The piston rings may be worn, causing the engine oil to slip past. If this is the issue, replacement of the piston rings is necessary.
The seals of the valve may be worn and are causing the oil to slide through where it should not.
Replacement of the valve seals will be necessary should this be the issue.

If your car is burning oil between changes, it is a sign that there is a mechanical problem. Ignoring the issue could cause costly damage to the engine, so the immediate attention of a mechanic is necessary. Also, read your owner’s manual as it provides pertinent information, including troubleshooting possible issues, and service interval schedules, and it is necessary for all car owners to be aware of the manufacturer’s information for the car and recommendations. Doing so will help you to keep your car in tip-top shape.

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