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My younger brother (46) has the above mentioned vehicle, but vehicle is using oil like crazy. It does not smoke when driving, but throws a smoke screen (heavy) when initially starting up, and vehicle is now firing on (5) cylinders. He took it to a shop, the mechanic told him that he got almost all of the cylinders firing (#6) will not fire and that is after a tune up. I told my brother based on the carbon/sludge build up I saw, that the PVC system could be clogged, and that he possibly may have some valve stem seals in need of replacement. I do not trust this mech. that my brother took his Yota too, as I was once an A.S.E. mechanic, and I know a hack when I see one. However, I have been out of it for a while and need some advise. Can you assist please?

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You need to get the Motor Rebuilt. It is Burning oil Because the Rings are Burnt out of the Motor. You could replace the Heads But, You will wind up with more Prob's Down the Road. Get an Overhaul and be Done with it. You will BOTH be Happier. FYI ----ASE Certified GM Mechanic for 35 Years Here! Know what you mean! You always forget more than you remember! Things are Changing Every day!

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