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I have a 1997 dodge stratus 2.4 155,000miles oil is clean coolent clean and holding dose not run hot i seem to use 1qrt of oil every 1200 miles exhaust is blue sometimes heavyer than others the cat is

Have changed out plugs clean and in great shape this motor looks clean and no oil around val cover small amount on top driver side of ****** and right behind coil pack on back of motor can this be a case of replacing the cat on the exhaust and the cam sensor i don't know where to go other then this i do get a smell of burnning oil once in a while from the front but not running hot oil is clean coolent clean and holding i do not belive this to be a head gasket HELP

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Does it seem to be a little bit noisy at times? if the oil is gathering at the top, it could be a leaky seal near the top, it might be leaking somewhere near the valve train on the heads. it could also be the head gaskets which if your engine's heads arent hard to get to, it might be worth your time to replace them yourself. the gaskets are cheap its the labor hours that usually makes this job reach deep into your wallet. sometimes investing in a model specific shop manual (usually about $100) which will give you very detailed, step by step instructions on how to replace whatever is bad. but this sounds like a leaky seal somewhere and since its gathering on the top, check it from the top down.

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take out all the spark plugs and put a radiator pressre tester on the radiator and pressurize the system, then inspect each spark plug hole for coolant. you will find out what cylinder or head will need service. How did this car run before sitting? Blue smoke is not good, although it doesnt sound like you have run it long enough to verify any real cyl problems. if its smoking it may be overhaul time. and the complete engin ewill need disassembly.

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