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Oil Change two weeks ago and oil level is low already???

I had my oil changed about 2 weeks ago and the guy added 5 quarts as reccomended by dodge for my van which is a 2001 Dodge Caravan SE 2.4L 4cyl.
However only 2 weeks later the oil level was only about a quarter of an inch above the minimum mark. The van hasnt been leaking as there is no oil marks or stains under it.
However since the oil change I have put 1300 miles on it, is it possible that the van can burn that much oil or do anyone think it is seeping into the exhaust or something.
Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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    John McCallum Sep 09, 2009

    I used 10 w 30 High Mileage synthetic oil at the last oil change and no blue smoke out of the exhaust in fact there is no discoloration in the exhaust. The exhaust isnt blue white or grey it just flows regularly. Any other ideas?

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    John McCallum Sep 09, 2009

    ok thanks. I did try leaving the van on level ground over night and thats the reading I got about a quarter inch above min mark.

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    John McCallum Sep 09, 2009

    Thanks I think your right I might have been cheated out of the 5 quarts. I think from now on I will buy the oil filter and 10w30 synthetic oil for high mileage motors and change the oil myself so I know it is done right. Thanks for the help

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    John McCallum Sep 09, 2009

    Thanks I think your right I might have been cheated out of the 5 quarts. I think from now on I will buy the oil filter and 10w30 synthetic oil for high mileage motors and change the oil myself so I know it is done right. Thanks for the help

  • John McCallum
    John McCallum Sep 09, 2009

    I will check my plugs. I had my codes read earlier today and it came back cyinder 3 was misfiring.

  • John McCallum
    John McCallum Sep 09, 2009

    is it bad when oil gets on the plugs?

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    John McCallum Sep 14, 2009

    I went to autozone and had the codes read and it came back cylinder 3 misfire. I was told by someone else it was cylinder 4, so I replaced both spark plugs. they were both covered in oil and burnt and coroded. Smelled really burnt as well. There is no smoke or discoloration coming from the exhuast. Does anybody know why this happened?

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I assume you have no leaks as you say. Your van does hold 5 quarts of 10w30 oil with filter change. The level was 1/4" above the add mark, which is less than 1 quart low. You drove the van 1,300 miles so it is very possible that it could burn that much oil in that many miles without you seeing much smoke. Top it off and have someone else drive it. Have them get up to around 60 mph, then let off the accelerator and let it coast down to 30 mph, then accelerate fully while you follow in another vehicle. If your van is burning oil you will see a big puff of blue smoke when they accelerate after coasting. If you do not I would suspect you were cheated out of about 1/2 quart of oil. You would not be the first person this has happened to. Top it off and check as I described and then check the level after driving another 1,300 miles. If it is still full find another place to change your oil as the place you went are crooks.

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Dipstick are a tricky deal. Most times you need to have you van on level ground and leave the van sit overnight so every drop of oil goes to the pan to have the correct reading.
The level you have it right now on the dipstick is in the normal range. Some thing I wouldn't worry about. If the oil level goes to the MINIMUM mark, we're only talking about a half of quart loss.

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The best way to track if the engine is using any oil,is to fill it up with the proper grade of oil and then check it after 1000 miles.
using 5/20 instead of 10/30 will cause oil consumption.
some lube places use cheap oil and a one size fits all mentality.
alot of vehicles use 5/20 or 5/30 and some places will order that and use it on all vehicles.

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Well try using thicker oil but not too thick u maybe getting oil passed the rings and burning it up quick. After you have been driving for a while stop and idle for about the time of a red light. Then mash the gas see if you see blue smoke if you do then i was right burning oil. Use 10w-40 high mileage

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  • oprime78 Sep 09, 2009

    ok when u get home after a long drive put cardboard under the engine bay and see what happens overnight. If nothing pull ur spark plugs and see if there covered in oil. then check the valve cover gasket and then your front main seal located behind the crank pulley

  • oprime78 Sep 09, 2009

    oil on the plugs i bet

  • oprime78 Sep 09, 2009

    oil on the plugs i bet

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