Q: Oil burning

asked by on

my car burning how to if the cause bad head valve gasket or piston rings

Hello. Oil can only get in to the cylinder one of two ways. Oil can get past the piston rings from worn or seized rings on the pistons. There is even a possibility of broken rings. The other way oil can get into the cylinder is through the intake valve oil seal is torn or hardened from age or heat or the valve guide is worn allowing the valve to move too much letting oil into the cylinder. If you are unsure how to best remedy this, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can inspect the oil burning problem and advise you on correct repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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: Having to add a ton of oil, what’s going on?

The volume of oil you are using may actually be an acceptable amount in the eyes of the manufacturer. To find out the exact amount of oil your car is using, you would have to go through a oil consumption...

Q: How long does it take to change the gasket on the oil pan of a car?

You can get an exact quote by entering your year, make and model at YourMechanic's oil pan gasket replacement service page. To give you an approximation though, the required hours are probably in the range of 8 to 12 hours,...

Q: Car is making a knocking noise when stopping. Other mechanics say it's motor. Some say it's the piston

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell without doing some more testing. The timing and small details about the noises you are hearing may make a huge difference in diagnosing the issue. Lifters will make more of a "clicking"...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...