Friday, April 25, 2014

AUTO MAINTENANCE: Car Engine Consuming Too Much Oil -- Resolved


COMMON CAUSES
The most common reason for the consumption of engine oil is worn valve guides, usually the exhaust guides or worn piston rings. If you change your engines oil every 3,000 miles, running a 1/2 quart low on oil at the time of oil change can be normal.


The engines oil in car engines provides lubrication to critical moving parts within the engine. Some of these parts are the rings and valve guides, require moderate lubrication. It also keeps the oil from entering the combustion chamber.


If these parts wear, too much clearance between the mating surfaces will exist and will allow the oil to enter the combustion chamber where it will be burnt and exhausted out of the tail pipe.

HOW TO DIAGNOSE

-    Run the engine for several minutes at idle.

-    Turn the engine off and let it sit for about 15 minutes.


-    Restart the engine and immediately increase the engine speed while you observe the exhaust.

If a heavy billow of bluish smoke is exhausted then disappears and the exhaust remains relatively clean, the most likely cause is excessive valve guide wear.


In this case, the valve guides or valve guide seals require service.


If the above test only produces mild smoke and the smoke remains at the same level during all operating conditions, the piston rings will have to be tested.


This is done by performing a compression test on the engine. The first test is referred to as a “dry test” and the second test is referred to as a “wet test”.


The dry test consists of measuring the engines compression using a compression tester installed in the spark plug hole and the ignition system disabled. The engine is then cranked and the pressure is measured and recorded. A few teaspoons full of oil is then poured into the spark plug hole and the compression is then measured again. If the reading increases more than 15 PSI, the rings are worn and major engine service is probably required.

PRECAUTION, TIPS AND NOTES

Use caution when working around hot or rotating engine parts. Compression testers are available at most auto parts stores. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for proper useage.


When performing a compression test it is critical that the ignition system be disabled to prevent the engine from starting. This is usually done by connecting a wire to each of the spark plug wires to a good engine ground away from your work area. Refer to a manufacturers specific service manual for proper testing procedures.




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