Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My engine is burning oil, is it worth the fix?

asked by on

I have almost no other problems with this car (Aside from the AC), so i would like to hold on to it if I can. Unfortunately I need to add a quart of oil every 2000 miles. Can I drive like this? Should I replace the engine? Should I fix it?

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Adding a quart of oil every 2000 miles is a...

Adding a quart of oil every 2000 miles is annoying, but it's within tolerance of what many manufacturers specify as "normal consumption." If you like the car, and aren't bothered by the A/C issue, I would say keep it and monitor the oil consumption. Do yourself a favor and have it inspected for leaks by a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to make sure that you aren't losing any oil besides to just to consumption.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car uses quart of oil every 2 days

Hello. If you are losing oil that fast it is because you have worn out piston rings or valve stem seals. Adding a little oil to the cylinder during the compression test will help you narrow this down. If the...

Q: Car sounds like belt is loose

It may be possible that the belt that was installed was an incorrect size for the vehicle. I would have your vehicle tested to see if the belt on the vehicle is the correct one or if the noise is...

Q: My car wants to kind of like jerk going up hills & taking off

This jerking can be coming from a couple of things. A low transmission fluid level from a leak can cause jerking as the fluid pressure inside the assembly cannot remain stable. The transmission fluid can come into contact with the...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...