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Oil leak from a Mazda Bongo

Although we have had a look underneath, we cannot see any drips, or where it could be leaking from. We have to park it on our drive which is quite steep, could this be causing a problem?

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Are you sure you are leaking oil? Rotary's are designed to consume oil. How much oil depends on how you drive. Oil is injected into the engine to lubricate the seals. It is normal for a rotary to consume oil. Make sure it stays full, I usually check every 1200-1500 miles or so. The Renesis engine in the RX-8 uses less oil than the previous Atkins 13b's found in RX7's. I believe I have used about a quart of oil in 8000 miles or so and that is with aggressive driving habits. The best way to maintain a rotary's oil consumption is to check in between oil changes and fill as needed. Get yourself a factory service manual for detailed info on your RX-8. I got mine from www.promanuals.net for about $20. The best tool I've bought so far my Rotary.

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