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Oil Consumption
DateQuestionAnswer
04/30/2012
Define Minimal Oil Consumption
I always hear that 1 quart in 1,000 miles is normal oil consumption based on industry standards but I can't find any "published industry standard.” Can you clarify what is minimal oil consumption?
Oil consumption is very specific to vehicle manufacturer, engine size and design. Even within a specific engine model, normal oil consumption can vary quite broadly based on how the engine was initial...
10/19/2010
Is a 10W-40 Motor Oil Better for a High-Mileage Pickup?
I bought a used 1997 Ford Expedition with 151,000 miles. It was dealer serviced and had frequent oil changes, but I do not know if synthetic oil was used. Upon purchasing the vehicle, I switched to Mo...
Given the model year and vehicle mileage on your Expedition, we would recommend one of our Mobil 1 High Mileage motor oils (5W-30, 10W-30, or 10W-40). If you believe your vehicle is losing oil, the 10...
02/23/2010
Is 5 Quarts of Makeup Motor Oil Excessive?
I own a VW PASSAT 2007. My problem is I go through oil (using Castrol Synthetic as recommended) at least a quart every 1000 miles or less. VW tells me it's not unusual to use a quart of oil every 1200...
Five quarts between oil changes is excessive. Oil consumption varies widely for vehicles and certain vehicles consume more oil than others even within the same car brand and model. This oil consumptio...
02/18/2010
Motor Oil Consumption in Honda Engines
I own a 2006 Honda Accord with a 3.0L V6. Oil consumption when new was 1/2 to 1-qt. between change intervals, (about 6,000 miles). My Honda dealer uses the least expensive conventional oil that meets ...
We can honestly say that there is not a single performance parameter where conventional motor oil outperforms a synthetic motor oil. So using a synthetic motor oil for your driving conditions makes se...
01/12/2010
Increased Oil Usage After Switching Oil
I own a 2000 Saturn SC-2 with 110,000 miles that I have changed to Mobil 1 5W-30. After 3000 miles I have burned 2 ½ quarts of oil. This seems distressing. Can you help?
It is not unusual to use more oil after changing brands but 2½ quarts is excessive. We think you may have a mechanical issue or a leak that should be checked by a mechanic. 
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