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Engine problems 1997 Saturn SL1 , Has apx 178,000 miles , burns apx 5 quarts of oil per month. Won't start unless put gas to the floor. Making a funny knocking sound , smokes REALLY bad HELP !!!!!

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Knocking sound all the time?

when i blew the motor in my car it was pumping oil knocked real bad..

its on its last leg

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Loses qt of oil per week. No leak shows underneath car and does not smoke

It can easily burn that much in a 100 miles without seeing any smoke.
If you check the spark plugs you may find evidence.
It can also leak while the engine is running and not when it is off. Most Northstar engines leak to some degree.

Sep 05, 2012 | 1997 Cadillac DeVille

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Using 1 quart a mth. no visible leakage. i can tell when it starts getting low by how it runs. live in mx. 110 /87% humidity. is this normal usage? i never had to put in extra oil and get it changed every...

One quart per month is a bit more than I'd expect but you didn't mention how many miles you drive during that month.If you live where the ambient temps are very warm, it may help to use a good synthetic. Synthetic oils do not burn off or break down chemically as fast as conventional oils do. I'd use a 20w40 grade.
Depending on the miles you've driven you shouldn't have excessive ring wear but the valve stem seals may have dried out and cracked. If the usage remains constant and there is no smoking etc, you could either leave it alone or have new seals installed.
Average driving is approximately 1,000 miles per month so when figuring consumption, use that as a baseline. One quart per 1,000 miles in very hot conditions is a bit high....I'd expect to see 1/2 qt or slightly less. One odd thing though is that generally, especially in an engine that holds six quarts to begin with, at five quarts, the engine should not feel any different!!! use miles to determine oil change intervals. Oil is best changed at between 3K and 4K miles. Only way you use the 3month method is if you don't use it much. (you can run most good synthetics longer than that)

Jul 14, 2011 | 2002 Jeep Liberty

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1997 Lincoln Continental Town Car burns 31/2 quarts of oil every 6 months. Has 173.000 miles

Burns,uses or leaks 31/2 qt

Not normal for 173,000, but it happens

Any Fix? Not really,Engine worn

Problem--oil will ruin exhaust converter

Feb 09, 2011 | 1997 Lincoln Continental

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My 2000 saturn sl2 doesnt go in reverse. could the fix be a nut that is behind a plate in the front wheel, drivers side

Famous problem for saturn, yes that bolt (output shaft) has come loose, and it only gets worse-You have to buy a new one, and get one for the input shaft while you are at it-saying that, I'll add some people get away with draining the trans (about 5 quarts) and remove the spin on filter, and refil with 4 quarts of Dextron III and one quart of a trans cleaner/solvent. Then park the car so that the rear of the car is resting against a wall, or telephone pole, something substantial and stationary-Put the car in reverse, and let it idle for 30-40 minutes. It cleans out the valve body (sometimes) enough so that the pressures are high enough to give you back some reverse-it worked for me (99 SL2, 178,000 miles)-You need to drain that mixture out after a short while and put in 5 quarts of Dextron and another filter (trans fluid changes are so easy in a Saturn, like changing engine oil-easy). If you end up doing the bolt fix, you should also do the valve body fix too, that is get a rebuilt one from one of the people who do them all the time-it is a little cottage industry and you can find them on Saturn car forums.

Jan 26, 2011 | 2000 Saturn L-Series

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I have an1998 Ford Expedition that has a oil loss problem

WIth that many miles, the most likely thing is that the rings are worn and oil is getting into the cylinders and being burned with the gas. If you're getting a bit of blue or grey smoke when you crank it up after being left overnight then it's absolutely this.

There's really nothing to be done about it short of rebuilding the engine but if it's otherwise running good I'd just be careful to watch the oil level and keep using it.

Sep 01, 2009 | 1998 Ford Expedition

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Disappearing oil

It is burning it, and it may be sticking to the inside of the exhaust system, like the cat converter and muffler. Look at the exhaust when you start it from cold, and take a little sniff.

Jul 28, 2009 | 1997 Cadillac DeVille

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My 94 sl1 burn oil about 2 qts /wk. its now

if engine burning 2 quarts a week no oil leaks time for a over haul.check pvc valve shake it if rattle its good if not replace it. change valve seals. because if they are leaking they will cause oil to leak bt them burn with gas. also change plugs and wires.if this dont work . time for over haul.

Mar 07, 2009 | 1994 Saturn Sl

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97 Saturn SL1 leaking antifreeze, high RPMs, uses excessive gas

two places to check.... the water pump or one of the frost plugs has failed. what colour is the exhaust smoke ?

the other problems could be from the engine overheating so much

Feb 23, 2009 | 1997 Saturn SL

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1997 Cirrus burning oil

the piston ring are sticking go to the auto part store get and additif for stickie ring its gonna help thank you from from montreal canada


Jun 23, 2008 | 1997 Chrysler Cirrus

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