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Uses 1quart of oil every 1200miles the oil is clean the coolent is free of oil and holding its level the cat on the exhaust is bad and needs to be replaced i am finding oil on the drivers side on the

Have replaced plugs looked clean in good working order where do i go from here and what should i do if a new cat on the exhaust and new cam sensor don't fix it

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Hi Alvin, Take a good look at the engine both from the top and underneath. Look for any wet places. The most likely areas of interest should be the tappet covers, the front and rear crankshaft oil seals, the camshaft oil seals and check the PCV system. Where you see signs of leakage that will be the areas requiring work. If it's around the lower front end, it will most likely be the front crank shaft seal or the camshaft seal and so on. And yes get the cat replaced if its defective. Regards John

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