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Sudden oil usage, no leaks and no smoke. the truck has never used oil before and has been very well taken care of. It has 185000 miles and runs great, except for oil use of one quart per thousand.

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All engines use oil but a qt in 1000 is a lot check your spark plugs see what they look like they idealy they should be a light tan color and dry if there black oily and wet i;d start looking at the valve train at 185 000 its kind of time now how good it was mantained

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There is a square or rectangular plate on the underside of the intake that has a gasket which can get sucked in by the vaccum of the engine. Once it does that your engine starts sucking oil in from the cam and lifter area. I had this happen on several of the v8 engines. You will have to remove the intake turn it upside down and unbolt the plate and you will be able to see it the gasket has been sucked in. Replace that gasket and new intake gaskets and should fix it. Also for the ones i have done the did not smoke or show any other sign other than going though a lot of oil.

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