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04 Ford Escape is using oil @80K miles. Ford Dealer 1 quart every 900 mile is o.k. What could be the problem? Does not smoke. Valve seals? which they say is not common.

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To increase gas mileage many engines are now using 0-20w, 5-30w, etc. oils. Some of these engines reduce the tightness of the cylinder fit in the block to facilitate lubrication & friction reduction. They get more powerful oil pumps, require synthetic oil, a higher SAE rating like "N", a better oil filter and their sumps hold more oil because they are expected to burn some oil as it leaks through. Mine is up to 1 1/2 quarts at 100k miles between oil changes. I add a quart half way through my oil life now since learning about this.You can also thicken your oil by adding an oil treatment, stabilizer or see what results you get with a thicker oil(ie.10-30w). One thing is for sure, you will probably lose gas mileage. Good luck.

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You must be leaking oil somewhere. You have to get under there to find out from where. I must say that most cars will begin to use some oil around that mark. My suggestion to all owners, especially higher mileage vehicles is to substitute 1 quart of oil, when changing, with 1 quart of Lucas Oil heavy duty oil stabalizer. You will notice a bit of a power boost. Beyond this it coats the parts for less friction, thus less heat is generated. This coating will help extend the life of the vehicle. Especially when running a little low on oil.

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Engine needs an oil treatment. Rings could be losing compression. Rislone.

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