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My van is burning oil (a lot of it) I just put in 4qt of oil two weeks ago, and again it's empty. What can i do to fix this

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    Just Gort May 11, 2010

    That's a lot! Does the tailpipe smoke a lot!?! If not, then you have a leak.... Is there oil all over the engine compartment? Oil on your driveway, or wherever you park? Please clarify

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First you need to determine if the van is "burning" oil or "leaking" oil. If the exhaust is bluish in color, this is a good indicator that you are burning oil and you probably need a valve job. A common issue with vehicles this age is an oil leak around the valve cover gasket. Oil leaks and burns off on the manifold. If when you open the hood and smell a great deal of oil, this is more likely the cause of using so much oil. The best way is to inspect the engine compartment first. If you can't spot any excess oil there, get under the van and look for a leak near the oil pan, oil plug, or more forward toward the engine compartment. Hope you find this answer helpful. Best of luck.
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Is it burning oil, or leaking oil? If you are burning oil your looking at a major engine rebuild with new piston and rings. If your leaking oil it might just be from your oil pan, new gasket no big deal. Or it could be a main seal, major engine rebuild.

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4 Qts is a lot of oil consumption over 2 weeks, regardless of distance travelled.

Identify where the oil is being used:-
1) repair any oil leaks from the motor to ensure any oil loss is confined to the internal running of the engine,
2) If the motor is still using that much oil, it should display obvious plumes of blue smoke from the exhaust.
If the smoke is blown only under engine deceleration/ down hill running, it may be worth checking /replacing valve stem oil seals.

If the smoke is present under all running conditions, the motor may have broken piston rings, or be just plain worn out. In that case, a replacement motor may be the cheapest way out.

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