Q: oil mysteriously low

asked by on

I get all the scheduled maintenance and oil changes done on my vehicle. It isn't due for another oil change for at least 1,000 miles, but recently the oil change started flashing when I stepped on the brakes. When I checked the dipstick, it was 2 quarts low. There's no smoke when I drive it, and no dripping oil left on the ground where I park it. Doesn't burning oil usually show up as smoke out of my exhaust? Where might my oil be disappearing to?

This is an ongoing issue with almost all of the manufacturers of engines and the oil consumptions they are having problems with. The dealer can do an oil consumption test and tell you that this is normal if it is about 1 quart to every 1000 miles. You will need to monitor your oil level every 1000 miles from now on to see if you need to add oil and top it off.

The engine is using oil through the oil control rings of the pistons and a certain amount is considered normal. The dealer can tell you what they see as an acceptable amount for you specific vehicle. If you want a second opinion about this or need assistance with these checks, feel free to contact a certified mechanic who can diagnose your low oil problem.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. oil mysteriously low

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: Oil change - Synthetic 5k or 10k?

You should follow the dealer or manufacturer recommended change intervals. Your vehicle calls for oil changes every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Using a different oil that is synthetic you still should go with recommended intervals since the oil filter...

Q: How do I check and top off the washer fluid?

Washer fluid is necessary for cleaning your windshield. While using the wipers in the rain will help, road grime, gunk, dirt, debris, insect remains and other buildup may not be removed without washer fluid. Here’s what you need to know...

Q: Q: VSC light is on

Hi there. This is a very common issue that your specific vehicle encounters when the wheels have been taken off and reinstalled. There are sensitive sensors next to your rims and tires that can quite possible be snagged when this...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...