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2001 stratus 4cyl dohc uses a quart of oil every 100 miles with no vivible signs of leak or smoke. what could be the reason.

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    using oil but no smoke or signs of leaks.

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That much oil has got to be going somewhere!! If you are SURE its not being burned, it has a bad seal or gasket somewhere. Have you had it inspected underneath on a hoist??

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