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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-24-2016, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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2000 2.7L Burning oil... Fix or not to Fix

Hey Fellas,

It's almost been a year with this car and so far hitting the 195K mark on this 200 engine, it's gone pretty good. I've only had to do some minor body work, replace struts and a new full neck to keep it on the road..

Now I've noticed a very potent oil smell when the car is running. I also notice that I have to add 1 quort of oil for the last 500Km of my oil cycle or she will run dry.

I know with age any car will begin to burn oil, but is this worth gritting fixed? Or should I just run it into the ground with a few bottles of oil in the back seat for a quick top up here and there?

Opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks Peter
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1) Look for external leaks - if you're smelling it, probably from the valve covers. Also, the oil pressure switch (passenger side, access from underneath) is known for dripping (would need to be replaced), though that wouldn't smell.

2) The valve stem seals typically wear out at a little over 100k miles. If so, you would typically see blue/black smoke out the exhaust at cold startup (may not notice it unless you back up right after starting and see a big cloud of smoke drift by you, would smell it too) *and* when giving it throttle after coasting at hiway speeds (like when you get behind a slower car and then punch it to pass - might not notice it unless you intentionally look for it out the back window, otherwise you won't notice it, but anyone following you couldn't miss it).

The oil pressure switch replacement is easy, valve cover gaskets are a little more work. Replacing the valve stem seals: Parts are inexpensive, but is a bit time consuming (24 valves, do one at a time). If you're going to do that, consider replacing the water pump (do *not* use an aftermarket one - get from dealer only, labor intensive), otherwise just keep driving it as is.


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Dont forget that a failed PCV can cause oil consumption also. Easy, cheap fix my be worth a shot
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-26-2016, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the feedback, I'm bring it into the mechanics later this week, will see if he can see anything as I can't lift the car up.. Hopefully it's not the valve covers as I'd like to keep it running for a few years, bought it as a student car :/
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