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06 Tacoma Burning oil

I have about 90k miles i switched to synthetic at about 60k and i noticed at around 84k i was missing 2qt from my truck i do see smoke from the tailpipe but i usually think its because of the cold and it does smoke sometimes when i start it up what could it be? No check engine light is on, fuel mileage has dropped significantly, oil is pitch black. my current status of my oil it needs another qt (already added another) and 1k left before i change my oil i usually change it every 5k miles. Help i dont want my truck to die i worked really hard for it and i hate to see it die.

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You waited too long. Although I do find it surprising for a Quality Toyota, the switch should have been done BEFORE 25k. Unfortunately the tolerances have opened up too much and you are losing oil about 4 different ways. If you are getting better performance or lower operating temps w/heavy loads and don't mind adding oil stick with it. It is also close to time for a new timing belt. If you change it, have them look at the valves (how they are seating) and the valve guide seals. A compression test would help, and most FLAPS (Friendly or F'ng Local Auto Parts Store) usually will loan you the tester. Your results should be within 10-15% of factory specs, but I suspect you'll find 1 cylinder about 25%+ out of spec. This is a test you CAN do, and find specs online.
Good Luck

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Posted on Apr 14, 2014

  • hutch 1200
    hutch 1200 Apr 14, 2014

    Also try the "Tacoma World" forum I tried to add.

  • Greg
    Greg Apr 14, 2014

    I didn't own it before then but thanks I ask my friend to check that as well I just wanted to know what the problem is so i don't have him wasting time figuring out what is wrong. Thank you Sir.

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