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2001 Toyota Corolla, Burning Oil rapidly

I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla with approximately 130K miles. For some reason the car has started to burn oil rapidly (about 3 quarts a month). The mechanic says that the problem is due to high mileage and I should have the entire engine replaced, which I find hard to believe as I have friends that have Toyotas with 259K plus miles on them and they did not require a new engine. Is this a common problem? Any suggestions? I have regular maintenance performed on the car and any repairs as they come up.

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  • dutchdanish Oct 02, 2008

    I have the same problem with the oil in my 1998 Corolla. It disappears so fast, it's like its evaporating. What weight of oil should I be using? Sorry for the ignorance, but how much do piston rings cost to replace?

  • drgraves62 Oct 30, 2008

    I have the same problem -- 2003 Toyota Corolla that burns oil rapidly between regular oil changes at 3,000 mile intervals. I have not attempted having the problem diagnosed yet, since it's a recent problem, and I thought it might be leaking oil, but after last oil change the mechanic says it's not a leak; it's burning oil instead. It's ready for it's next oil change, and I would guess there's not a drop of oil left in it. The mileage on the car is 133,000, and other than this, it runs fantastic!



    I would be very interested in learning the solution to this problem. Thank you.

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    I have a 02 corolla and it goes through alot also. I say it should be a recall,recall is what is needed by the toyota company

  • Amit K Mar 13, 2009

    I have a 2001 Toyota corolla and it has the same problem. I have started to use Sunoco's 20W50. Prior to this, I had a 1995 Geo Prizm (toyota clone) it had the same problem, but it burned only 1.5 quarts at 1500 miles, for the prizm I sometimes would put in some Sunoco oil and it would burn less.



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    at7000 Sep 23, 2012

    It's kind of a well known fact amongst mechanics that Corolla engines burn oil. Especially after 90K miles. A few posters mentioned it is just the design of the engine and I agree with that- Whether the "vale seals go hard" or the piston rings start leaking, etc... The freakin amazing part is, these engines are legendary for often going strong 300,000 or 400,000 miles or more without skipping a beat. So whatever the reason, I guess it is not something that hurts performance and engine life. I have a 99' Corolla with 140,000. Thing runs like a champ, not one problem ever with the car. Amazing vehicles. But it does burn oil. I put in 1 Qt per month approx. If I go on a long trip, I need to add a QT per every 1000 miles or so. No smoke or exhaust problems whatsoever. Passed emissions testing in N.J. which is insanely strict on their specs.

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    at7000 Sep 23, 2012

    It's kind of a well known fact amongst mechanics that Corolla engines burn oil. Especially after 90K miles. A few posters mentioned it is just the design of the engine and I agree with that- Whether the "vale seals go hard" or the piston rings start leaking, etc... The freakin amazing part is, these engines are legendary for often going strong 300,000 or 400,000 miles or more without skipping a beat. So whatever the reason, I guess it is not something that hurts performance and engine life. I have a 99' Corolla with 140,000. Thing runs like a champ, not one problem ever with the car. Amazing vehicles. But it does burn oil. I put in 1 Qt per month approx. If I go on a long trip, I need to add a QT per every 1000 miles or so. No smoke or exhaust problems whatsoever. Passed emissions testing in N.J. which is insanely strict on their specs.

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    cw122855 Dec 15, 2012

    2001 sME SAME

  • Karen Jenkins
    Karen Jenkins Dec 20, 2013

    I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla CE.., and its got 227K on it and it burns oil like crazy three quarts in a week and my mechanic told me the reason for this is a default in the stroke on the pistons have to short of stroke and allows oil to get past the rings. In the 2002 and up models Toyota corrected this default. So he has me run real thick oil in it. I plan to have him replace the rings, bearing, pistons ect in it so it will stop.. Just fyi.. he is a ASE cert. Mechanic also. The WTI motors are notorious for this oil burning problem. Toyota should have recalled it.

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Take your vehicle back to your mechanic, and have him perform a DRY, then a WET compression test. Please provide both readings back to me. In the meantime, ask him what it would cost you to him replace the piston rings. This is your problem. The 2 tests will simply verify me thinking.

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This problem is due to Rings of Piston & maybe bore of piston cylinder also lose. So you should change only piston rings. & this cost is not much. If machanic is good.

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This is definitely a ring job. The oil control ring is stuck in the piston land due to burnt oil lodging it into place. Do a ring job and while in there drill a couple of extra oil holes in the land for the oil control ring. Otherwise, these littles engines do go 300-400+ thousand miles.

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  • TrumpetDawg Apr 26, 2014

    UPDATE: I solved my problem by taking several simple steps.

  • TrumpetDawg Apr 26, 2014

    Do an oil change so you have fresh oil, add 6 oz of SEAFOAM and drive for 100 miles on the highway at normal speeds, then immediately do another oil change. This fixed my problem and cost much less money and time. This absolutely worked for me.

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It costs a lot to get the piston rings changed, so i would suggest to use the heavy oil like 2050, which will make engine burn less oil. As the car is already so old, you do not need to spend more than it is required to spend.

Posted on Nov 04, 2008

  • Karen Jenkins
    Karen Jenkins Dec 20, 2013

    thats what I am using and it still burns it all in one week or less. The comment that ASif made is correct.

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hi, the main cause of major oil consumption is due to cylinder wall deterioration. this is caused be bad piston ring sets that tend to chip of tiny pieces of the cylinder walls over a long period of time. this will start to show in engines with high millage. this will also lead to compression loss as well if it is not fixed soon.

To fix this issue within the cylinder walls, they will have to be machined and a new set of piston rings will have to be fitted around each affected piston. this will stop the oil from leaking into the combustion chamber and it will restore the compression rate as well.


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