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Car using a lot of oil and going out of tailpipe

Head cracked we had head redone and car is using a lot of oil for a 2002 nissan altima

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  • kathyclaborn May 23, 2009

    Sorry the head was not cracked... The original problem was that it was using water and oil... I had to add water and a quart of oil every other day... There was no sign of leaks for either and it was smoking... We had someone break it down and they tested and refaced the head. It ended up having two warped valves and a blown head gasket... He also replace the timing chain assy. After he got everything back together all of the cylinders had 120lbs of pressure (round about)... The car still smokes and is still using a quart of oil about every two days... The car sounds much better and is not using any water... do not see any leaks... It is also skipping some.

  • kathyclaborn May 23, 2009

    How do you respond instead of just adding comments... or is the comments section where I am suppose to respond? thanks kathyclaborn

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Oops, you are the poster...just respond, and rate an answer if it's marked as a solution.Just keep writing where you are. that's fine

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    k clayborne: relpond with solutions or comments by scrolling down to the box, writing and submitting.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    If you got it really hot, the piston rings may have lost tension.

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    what caused the head to crack.... and how did you have it "fixed" ?

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Back to what I said before, only perhaps it didn't get really hot. Only two major causes of oil burning. 1. rings and cylinder walls are worn or 2. bearings are a bit out of clearance and throwing more oil on the cylinder walls than the oil rings can deal with. Other reason should have been taken care of when head was done: valve guides & seals. You can still read good compression with certain conditions. a more accurate test is a cylinder leakdown test. On another idea, if one cylinder was being washed down by coolant, it may have unseated the rings. sometimes they recover from this, sometimes not (likely in the cylinder with warped valves. Check that plug for oil fouling...could be where miss is.

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My mg seams to use alot of water and oil, i have to keep topping the waterand oil up every couple of day,how ever the car runs fine ,

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Check to see if the pcv valve is stuck open

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