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Excessive oil consumption

I have a 2005 dodge grand caravan sxt, 3.8 lit. v6. at around 47,000 miles i had oil changed at dealership and all previous oil changes at dealership. with about a 1,000 left on the oil change oil light came on so i checked oil level and it was 4quarts low. i added 4 quarts and immediately called dealer and they stated bring it in for a free oil change. at that oil change dealership stated pcv valve was clogged causing oil to blow by and out exaust, dealer changed pcv valve at that time. from 47,000 to 50,000 miles engine used or burned 5 quarts of oil. i changed the oil myself at 50,000 and have burned or used 5 quarts of oil in 3000 miles. what is going on and what is my best course of action under the 7 yr. 70,000 mile or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. please help. also i would have changed the pcv valve myself every 12,000 miles but at auto zone for some unknown reason in the books there is no listing for a pcv valve for 2005 grand caravan, but for every year before and after there is ?

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  • blittle2003 Mar 14, 2009

    i have the same problem with my 04 Dodge caravan. it was fine and all the sudden at around 40000 miles it started losing a quart a month. the dealer is telling me this is normal and i'm fighting them on this. told them the junkers i had as a teenager didn't burn that much oil.

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I had same problem....valve seals were bad....dealer fixed free...warranteed 7 years or 70,000 miles...good luck!

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Take it back where the problem all started. My guess is that your service interval check list that dealer fills out, should have said check or change PCV valve somewhere, and they should know that anyway. My guess is that they forgot to put oil in after draining it, and now want to blame it on you for not changing the PCV valve. You didn't have an oil usage problem prior to oil change, and running an engine for any distance without oil, could certainly cause internal damage like breaking or damaging an oil control ring on a piston, and you have 6 of them. PCV clogged would not cause that much damage that fast. Give them a chance to rectify, otherwise contact Owner relations number in your manual, and see what they say. If your leary about taking back to that dealer, go to next nearest one & explain that a local garage did all this & that, not a dealer, and see what they say about it, and maybe they'll even put it in writing for you, then you have the other dealer where you want him, and approved by another dealer in the same family. Know what I mean? By chance, did you/they save old PCV valve?

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