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Burns 2 qts of oil every 200-300 miles and overheats. Fan seems to be low powered

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Sounds like valve stem seals are shot or oil rings. Fan is run by a relay swich is sent a signal from the ecm which gets it signal from the temp control switch.

Posted on Oct 07, 2010

  • Julynn Phalen Oct 07, 2010

    are you talking about the thermostat? I figured that if the thermostat is bad it may not be expanding to let enough water through to cool the car down.
    the relay switch- the fuse box has a relay for the cooling fan. are you talking about this? should i replace this?
    do you think the valve stem seal is allowing oil to LEAK? or does this cause it to just burn MORE?
    Thank you for you help :)

  • Darren Scv MC Oct 07, 2010

    The valve stem seals are located inside the head itsself and let oil leak by the valves and into the cylinder and that causes it to burn the oil.
    The relay im talking about is located in the fuse box, listed as cooling fan relay, if this relay gets week it will start to stick from years of service and cause voltage issues that will cause the fan to turn slow or quit working at all.I would advise changing this and as far as the thermostat goes it is always good to change the thermostat every 3 to 5 years due to the changes in the buildup from the changes in antifreeze. make shure if you change the thermostat that before you put it in, that the block is full of water or antifreeze. if not you will have a air pockett and since water is heavyer than air , the water never lets the thermostat open so be shure before you put it back in to fill the whole the stat goes in to the top then put it in. make shure you clean the houseing and where the housing set and if it call for a o-ring just use that if not be shure to use Hi-Tempt black or red permatex and just make a even bead around the housing. Set it down on there and start bolt but dont tighten till waiting about 10 minutes, this lets the silicone set and make a gaskett, after waiting tighten till you see the permatex start to bulge out . tighten bolt a little at a time from side to side to desired tightness and you will be through with this istalation.
    When a car uses oil as yours is , it will run a little hotter cause you are mixing oil with gas and makes the engine run warmer. I would take it to a shop if you deside to have the heads worked for the valve stem seals.

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