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This is a discussion on Burning oil? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I changed the oil on my car 3 weeks ago I checked the oil today and the level is half ...

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    Burning oil?

    I changed the oil on my car 3 weeks ago
    I checked the oil today and the level is half way low
    Is it burning oil?;(
    I dnt see smog coming out of the exhaust and it doesn't leak oil
    It has 120k miles original miles
    And it passed the smog test 2 weeks ago
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    That's a lot. You put in at least 5.5 quarts right? My helms says the low oil light will illuminate when about 2 quarts low.

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    Sounds like it may not have been full to begin with. As stated, our cars take over 5 quarts. When you say "halfway low", I assume you meant that the oil level is halfway between the marks on the dipstick?

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    Always remember that the oil filter sucks up some oil. usually .5 litres. NEVER check your oil after changing the oil and think its where it will be. Change your Oil, fire the car up, let it sit and then check it.

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    If its still between the add and the full marks, don't worry yet. Wait until its at or below the add mark. Then add oil until its full again and figure out miles it takes to burn one quart.
    Oil comsumption is considered excessive at more than 1 quart in 2000 miles for normal driving. If you are going WOT alot then the acceptable oil consumption goes up a bit

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    The oil level was full I put 5 quarters and a half
    10-30 but I dnt put synthetic on it
    It's half way between the mark.
    I drove it for bout 500 miles since then
    Before I changed the oil everytime I start it up
    I seen some smog comin out of the exhaust
    It stop doing after I changed the oil

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    You mean it's down 1/2 quart?

    First I would check it again after a few weeks to be sure. Then pull the throttle body if it's still using and see if you have oil in the inatke. If so, put a catch can on there.

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    It's half way on the dipstick
    I put 1 quater already
    I'm gonna check it again in one week and see how it looks
    Thanks for the replies guys

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    Check your exhaust tips, if you are burning oil you will get a residue (not the black carbon).

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    I checked the pipes and there's only carbon not oil at all

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    How about behind the throttle body and intake?

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    Inside the intake. It does have some oil
    I had to clean the TB
    Is that bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98maro View Post
    Inside the intake. It does have some oil
    I had to clean the TB
    Is that bad?
    Just something our cars are known to suffer from. Have you considered a catch can?

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    I barely find out. So I havnt find a solution to the problem
    How can I fix that with the catch can?
    Or how do I do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98maro View Post
    I barely find out. So I havnt find a solution to the problem
    How can I fix that with the catch can?
    Or how do I do it
    A catch can is installed in the PCV system and separates the oil out so that it does not enter your intake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98maro View Post
    Inside the intake. It does have some oil
    I had to clean the TB
    Is that bad?
    Nope. Just needs a catch can! Go over to the external section and do a search on catch cans and you can see how to hook one up.
    Last edited by PFM; 08-05-2010 at 10:49 AM.

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    I heard bout that before. But I never knw what it was
    I'm gonna check it out n see if I can do it
    So it's that normal on all ls1?

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    It is somewhat normal - do a search on catch cans and you'll get a ton of info.

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    I checked on eBay bout the catch can. And it seems something simple and Easy to do
    I think I'm gonna do that
    I found some for 10 dollars so is not bad

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    It is a pretty simple fix. I need to check our car's intake tract sometime to see how it looks. I don't seem to have any oil loss issues and have never noticed any blue smoke. There is also a later model PCV valve that can be swapped in. My understanding is that it has a smaller orifice (maybe 0.10") than the stock valve and is supposed to cut down on this problem.

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