Is Your Oil Consumption “Normal” and Are You Actually Saving?

Oil ConsumptionMany car owners disregard their car maintenance, which often results in engine damage in the long run. Most causes of wear typically include piston rings, guides and seals, or worn valve stems. These engine issues will make it easier for oil to seep into the combustion chamber and once it enters, it will burn away. You will notice this if you regularly check the dipstick of your car.  

So, how do you know if the amount of used oil your car consumes is “normal”?

The Deal with Engines

Car manufacturers don’t have a standard for oil consumption, so a normal amount for one engine might be excessive for another. For instance, BMW producers consider consuming a quart of oil in less than a thousand miles “normal”. Meanwhile, GM tells their sheet to fleet vehicle operators that a well-driven and maintained automobile can burn one quart in 2,000 miles.

The basic rule to remember is that nearly all engines that have less than 5,000 miles shouldn’t consume over a quart of oil between oil changes. But, if your engine needs a quart every 2,000 miles or less, it could be a symptom of interior engine problems or a leak that is not clearly visible. On the other hand, if you use your engine for more than 75,000 miles, expect increased oil consumption.

The Proper Approach

With the lack of definitive information about normal oil consumption, the best way to make sure your engine is in good repair is to examine oil levels daily. Regular engine checks with a mechanic are also advisable.

Ultimately, you decide what constitutes as the “normal” oil consumption for your car. A little due diligence and care for your vehicle will go a long way.