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Engine oil running dry on GT V6

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I have had my GT for 2 months now and it's been running well to this point. Autolusso had it in at 1000 mile check after they did full engine rebuild. it has 45 k on the clock. I have noticed oil/fuel smell coming through the air con on occasion after start up or after journey which has since stopped blowing cold air- just had Regassing at 1000 miles ago check. No sign of leaks at that point.
Checked under bonnet and oil dip stick nearly dry. Will top up tomorrow. Is this likely to be the cause of the smell? Have done 1000 miles in it since the oil was well topped up at that point. I guess the 3.2 needs a much more regular check than I am used to.

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Could just be bedding in after the rebuild. But, you should've been watching oil level like a hawk after an engine rebuild for the first 1k. Have you been gentle with it or bumping the red line on occasion / regularly?
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Could just be bedding in after the rebuild. But, you should've been watching oil level like a hawk after an engine rebuild for the first 1k. Have you been gentle with it or bumping the red line on occasion / regularly?
Watched it like a hawk for 1st 1k. 2nd k after check I've done some longer runs but haven't been over 5000 rev line much and look after it. Thanks Chris. Will be on it more from now for sure once I've topped up!
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Sounds like you have an oil leak. I'd take it back to the place that did the engine rebuild.
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The difference from the max to min points on the dipstick of the 3.2 is equivalent to a litre if my memory serves me correctly. It does sound like there's a leak somewhere. Give Ned a call because that amount of consumption is not normal at this stage.
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Managed to find some 10W-60 at halfords and topped up with about a litre or so. Took for a run checked oil gauge before and after- the same- in between low and high mark on the dipstick. Topped up to the high line. All seems ok Think I just need to check the oil every week or two especially after having a few longer runs of +200 miles.
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shouldn't use that much oil on a regular basis, keep an eye on it ...an engine will generally use more oil during the breaking in period after a rebuild so really important now to keep a record of any further oil consumption.

good luck..!

P.s was that you on the old Portsmouth road the other day..?
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shouldn't use that much oil on a regular basis, keep an eye on it ...an engine will generally use more oil during the breaking in period after a rebuild so really important now to keep a record of any further oil consumption.

good luck..!

P.s was that you on the old Portsmouth road the other day..?
Will do. Ned wants me to take it back in to have a look at the oil and air con. Will try to get up there this Friday if I can.
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I'd be checking around the oil cooler before I drove it too far.
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Being too gentle running it in can cause excessive oil consumption - especially if you are using fully synthetic oil.
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Thanks for your thoughts Rockhopper...I've been going easy on it since owning it so it could be right. Nothing over 4 k rpm until after the 1000 miles and even then not much of that yet.
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I admire your restraint!!
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I admire your restraint!!
I'd need a big block of wood under the accelerator pedal preventing me pushing it past 20% I reckon...

Will be worth it in the long run though!
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...I've been going easy on it since owning it so it could be right. Nothing over 4 k rpm until after the 1000 miles and even then not much of that yet.
What was actually done during the engine rebuild?
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You can be too gentle with running in as far as piston rings and bores are concerned, glazed/polished rings will increase oil consumption. Revs are fine for a bit of friction that keeps the ring surface rough thanks to microweld pits which retain oil film. But labouring a rebuilt engine (low revs, high load) is bad.
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shouldn't use that much oil on a regular basis, keep an eye on it ...an engine will generally use more oil during the breaking in period after a rebuild so really important now to keep a record of any further oil consumption.

good luck..!

P.s was that you on the old Portsmouth road the other day..?
Not me my friend Have admittedly been opening the car up on the odd straight. What an engine
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The Car seems to be running well after oil top up the past day or two. Going in to see autolusso in a couple of weeks. Ned recommended 5w/30 oil as it's a new engine instead of 10w/60 which I bought that is on the handbook and post rebuild....?! They're going to get it up on the ramp to check for any leaks poss. Dripping in to the exhaust and sort out the air con. The engine was totally rebuilt after the previous owner failed to get the timing belt done before it went kaput.

Cheers for your thoughts!
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