Re: Help Oil disappearing
Oh dear...a couple of things. Twin Spark engines can use about 1 litre of oil per 1000 miles even when new. The difference between the full and low marks on the dip stick is about 1 litre. The TS engine sump is about 4 litres (maybe 5, can't quite remember), so they are sensitive to running low, and obviously you need to check them quite regularly. I believe that the oil pressure warning lights come on at about 5lbs/ft, by this time some damage is almost certain to have been done to the engine, although it may not be immediately obvious. Revving and engine will increase oil pressure, (hence the light going out) which is why you need to know what pressure the engine gives at a given rpm. The fact the light is coming on at all though is indicative of a problem. Also, when you checked the oil did you make sure the car was on level ground (even a slight hill can give a false reading).
So, it sounds to me as if the car has been run to nearly empty on oil. Putting 3 litres in may not have actually given you a full reading (indeed, you might still have been short of 1 or 2 litres), and you could have easily burnt off 0.5 litres in you 400 miles journey. Travelling 220miles with the oil under or just on the minimum level could have caused further problems The fact you've probably burnt about 1.5 litres more than one would expect makes me think that oil is getting past the pistons somehow. I think your best course of action is to fill the car to the max level with oil, and check it on a daily basis to get a better idea of how much oil you're using. Keep it topped up to near the maximum level. You might be lucky and have escaped doing any serious harm, but if the car starts sounding funny I'm afraid it will be an engine rebuild.
I've just noticed from your Hello post that your car is only 4 years old, and therefore has done over 25,000 miles per year. This means it was probably a company car, and the previous owner may have neglected basic maintenance, such as checking the oil. How many miles did you do in it before checking it?
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Last edited by Gary Slegg; 22-05-06 at 15:00.