Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Added 2 quarts of oil about two weeks ago, oil is almost gone now.

asked by on

I can't smell any oil being burnt but ive been checking the oil at least once a week since I have gotten it. Recently, I am noticing the oil on the dipstick drolping considerably within 2 weeks. I don't have much more info. I downshift a fair amount which ive heard burns oil...but other than that, the car runs incredibly and everything. Thank you for your time.

My car has 122000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Broadly, if you are using more than 1 quart during a 1,000 to 2,000 mile interval, then the oil consumption is considered excessive. So, you should be able to go at least 1,000 miles without losing more than 1 quart, preferably 2,000 miles or much more, but 1,000 miles is basically the lower limit of "reasonableness". Regardless of where you fall in the "rate of oil consumption spectrum", you can always check for leaks. If you see oil on the ground after your car has been parked a few hours, or if you see visible oil on the engine and lower frame, you have leaks that are contributing to your oil consumption. Then there are internal engine leaks, caused by worn valve stem oil seals and piston rings. In addition, a faulty PCV valve and system can raise crankcase pressures, tending to force oil into the cylinders on the intake stroke when vacuum is high. All of these possibilities can be evaluated and repaired by a certified Mechanic during a leak inspection. If you desire that service, please visit YourMechanics’s website to set up a mobile visit right to your location.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Added 2 quarts of oil about two weeks ago, oil is almost gone now.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: yellow engine light with p0300,p0302,p0304 codes.

The first thing these codes show is cylinders 2 and 4 are misfiring. You swapped coils around but notice you moved coils 2 and 4 with each other. If these were misfiring then swapping these coils will not move the...

Q: Blower fan does not work.

If there is voltage being applied to the blower fan with a good ground and there is no operation, the fan itself may be the problem. If the ground has been disrupted or the proper controls are not coming the...

Q: There is a noise coming from the transmission.

Hi there. The noise could be coming from a clutch pack slipping with no frictions left causing a whining noise. The other thing that could cause the noise is the gears are worn and moving around too much. I recommend...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...