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97 saturn sw2 oil in #1cyl only. Using a quart per day. New valve seals. Good compression. New valve cover gasket. New head gaske. Where is it coming from?

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YOU HAVE COVERED MOST ITEMS, BUT YOU MIGHT HAVE A CRACKED OIL RING ON A PISTON. A QT A DAY IS ALOT

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SOURCE: how to remove valve cover gasket on a 1998 honda accord

try removing the bolts hold on the valve cover and once you do that take a razor blade and a little lube and careful scrape the old one off.

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Did you put Valve seals in the head???
Other than that the PCV is a good start...
But it sounds like the oil rings on the pistons to me.

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SOURCE: high oil consumption on 2001 Toyota Highlander- 3.0 V-6 engine

If you are using that much oil you either have a BIG leak or your BURNING oil through bad rings

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SOURCE: Head Gasket?? Valve cover Gasket???

the valve cover, requiring the removal of 4 to eight bolts, easy enough for the novice to remove and replace.
is the uppermost piece of the engine under all the hose's and wire's that run a muck. the head gasket on the other hand requires the removal of all that can be seen as you peer under the hood.if it is just an oil leak it should not require a head gasket .
my suggestion would be to use an engine degreaser
such as gunk or Castor oil brand follow there instructions.and then drive the vehicle 20 minutes or so and look for fresh oil to determine exactly where the leak is coming from

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SOURCE: oil leak in my 98 mazda protege

Could be a rear main seal.

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1996 Saturn sl2 smoke problem not head gasket no antifreeze seeping in valve cover gasket leaks and losing about a quart and a half of oil no blue smoke kinda white but heavy a little stops driving


White coming out the tail pipes is coolant/water. Doesn't mean the head gasket is blown, but you'll wish it was. Could be a cracked head. They can crack inside the intake or exhaust port. This would still give you a good compression reading. If in the intake, you would have a misfire. Exhaust you wouldn't. As far as the blue goes. It is mostly white in color, with a hint of blue color. Loosing that much oil would be a major leak or the rings are shot. Rings being shot, you would see that blueish tint in the smoke.

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Good day, I've had my Fiat Siena for quite a while. It has been leaking oil for years. We have tried everything. Changing gaskets, oil seals and its costing me a fortune. At this stage it uses 3ltr oil a...


If the oil appears to be coming out between the block and cylinder head, the suspect problem is a head gasket that isn't sealing properly. If you changed this out already and it's still doing it, the block AND/OR head itself may need to be shaved to correct a slight warp or bow which is keeping the gasket from doing it's job right. A quality machine shop can correct the head/block, and a good mechanic will know how to check to see if the block and cylinder head planes are in tolerance.

If the oil appears to be escaping from between the head and valve cover, you can try removing the gasket there, cleaning the valve cover AND the head around the edges with a degreaser and again with some towelettes with alcohol (after its been degreased), then applying a thin coat of RTV sealant to each side of the gasket before installing it and equally tightening the screws down. These gaskets are a little more forgiving (thicker) than the head gasket because the casting of the valve covers are not as tight, but a bad seal is a bad seal. Just be sure that when using RTV to seal a gasket, both surfaces its going to come in contact with is absolutely free of oil deposits or dirt so it can grip and do it's job. Allow the gasket to cure/dry according the directions on the product and do not put it on and start the car up right away or it'll just spread oil again and the seal will generally fail quickly.

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The engine uses alot of oil. The head gasket and valve seats were replaced. And the problem stills exist.it uses a half to a full quart within 100 miles


Well if it's not leaking it, it must be burning it. Do you notice blue smoke out your exhaust? You say that the head gasket and valve seats were done. How about the valve guides? Oil can go past worn valve guides and valve seals. The only other place that oil can be getting by is past the piston rings.

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I havea daewoo nubira and we replaced the valve cover gasket yesterday , did an oik change and now the engine is smoking white smoke. Try to check to hoses, could not see a leak. Where is the cylinder...


Hello and welcome to FixYa!

The cylinder head is located on the center of the engine. Yes it can be a worn out head gasket or piston rings. If the piston rings are worn out the oil is burnt that's why it emits white smoke. You will need to replace the head gasket and piston rings.

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I have a 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L that is leaking oil into the spark plug tubes; can these seals be replaced or does the valve cover have to be replaced?


Yes, you need a Rocker cover (valve cover) Gasket kit. Remove the valve cover, remove all old O-rings and cover gasket, clean grooves and mating surfaces without gouging or scratching them, put the new gaskets on as per factory recommendations, tighten to the proper torque and you're done. The spark plug holes in the cover are part of the valve cover gasket kit. Any Napa, Car Quest, Pep Boys, Auto Zone will have it.

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Changed the spark plugs and the old ones were covered in oil


Your valve cover gasket is leaking, allowing oil to get into the spark plug holes. You'll need to replace the valve cover gasket.

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Changed the spark plugs and the old ones were covered in oil


i'm guessing that your car is a 4-cylinder. this is common for inline 4-cylinder engines. since the spark plug holes usually go through the valve cover, the valve cover gasket will leak and collect in the spark plug holes. to fix this you will have to replace the valve cover gasket.

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My car is using alot of oil, about one quart per 200 miles.


check compression or blow by in valve cover sounds like piston rings

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I have a oil leak ever since i bought this car. I've changed the head gasket, front crank shaft seal, valve cover seal, and oil pan seal. Could using the old head bolts cause this? I've read that it...


NO if you have been using oil and loosing oil from all the seals and rocker cover and sump gasket then its caused by a thing called BACK PRESSURE,and that is caused by the piston rings worn, or broken top compression rings and a lip in the bore causing the ring gap to be about
6thou per inch causing the back pressure which in turn blowes oil out of all seals and gaskets ..
So take out the breather pipe from the rocker cover and let it blow into a paper towel for 2 minutes and if oil fumes come out the rings are worn.
Plus get a compression test on all cylinders and see if there down to 100 PSI or less.
The new head bolts should be replaced as they could be streached
threads, but not your problem this time
Let me know how you get on ASAP Ron

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All Engine Gaskets leaking oil. Suspect Brake fluid added to oil resevoir. 2002 pontiac sunfire motor 2200. Can I replace gaskets and what gaskets do i need


Well If you did happen to get Brake fluid in your Engine some how. The gaskets you would need would be the valve cover gasket, head gasket,Header gasket, Waterpump gasked, Front and rear main seals,and Thermostat gasket.

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