I am pretty sure I can get my oil leak fixed with a fresh valve cover gasket. I am also burning a little oil. The 90 caravan has 167000 miles and seems to run fine, shift fine etc. Should i get the gasket replaced? if i go that far should i get the oil burn problem fixed too? is the labor similar?? Thanks!!
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Re: Oil leak and oil burning
If your oil burning is upon start up then i would suggest you get your valve seals replaced while you are getting your valve covers done if its a non-stop while it runs then its your rings if you opt to get the valve seals fixed you would be looking at probably $250 but your gaskets would be included the deciding factor for me would be the amount of oil consumption and how much i would save in the long run good luck
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engine burning oil could have worn piston rings.worn valve stem seals or engine oil return holes stopped up.could have faulty pcv valve.make sure pcv getting vacuum remove pcv while engine running should feel vacuum if not pcv faulty or pcv vacuum hose disconnect or broken.check where you park your vechicle if you see oil spots engine has leaking pan gasket,valve cover gaskets could be leaking oil and the front crankshaft seal or rear main seal could be leaking oil.check make sure oil filter hand tight and check oil pan drain plug make sure its tight.
To replace the valve cover gasket shouldn't be that expensive. Although those cars are known for blown head gaskets, so I would have them look carefully at the back of the engine for an oil leak. If it is leaking oil out of the head, it is only a matter of time before the head gasket will be pushing anti-freeze. Please rate my answer so I get points for it.
Sounds like your burning oil or leaking oil, how many miles have you put on the car since you last got the oil changed? Check under your hood for any fresh oil leaks around your valve cover gasket, under you car around the oil pan, also make sure the service station that changed your oil tightened your oil filter and theres not a leak there, make sure your oil drain plug on your oil pan is not leaking or loose, if you cannot find any of the above your most likely burning oil due to worn piston rings or valve guide seals......
Your car is probably burning oil through the piston rings due to wear. The valve cover gasket will show signs of leaking from the space between the valve cover and the head. Remove one of your spark plugs and see if it is black and oily. You can try using a little thicker oil than what you have now or just add a little in as it burns off. Buy a quart of name brand 20w/50 and use that to top off the oil as it burns off. You should notice a difference.
Are you sure it's burning the oil? Check your oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets for leaks. Is the car smoking? (light grayish or white smoke is oil, black or dark bluish is fuel) Could be bad valve seals. Also, main seals can leak oil out onto exhaust parts.
it's verry likely your valve cover gasket is leaking. that is one of the first seals to go but it is an easy fix at least. use some gasket sealer or a neopreene gasket the corque gaskets are obsolete and they don't last very long.
If by head covers you mean valve covers this is an easy fix just install a new set of valve cover gaskets, as this is a fairly common problem ( valve cover gaskets ). Just unbolt the valve covers and remove them then scrape off the old gasket and install the new ones and bolt the covers back on. This is a pretty easy job and the gaskets are less than $ 25.00. If it is the oil pan gasket you will needto drain the oil and unbolt the oil pan and remove it then clean off the old gasket and install the new one.