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Hi All,

Wonder if anyone could offer some advise on a problem I have with my 147 2.0TS - it's using/burning/leaking about a sumpful of oil every week !! This has been an ongoing problem so after three or four garages identifying the problem as a leaking rear main oil seal, I eventually took it in to have this replaced. This was done along with the sump gasket (which they said was also leaking) and a service. Checked the oil level after a week of the work and the dipstick was bone-dry !! Put about 3 litres in, and then re-checked 3 days later - bone-dry again !!

At this point took car back to the garage to look for a further oil leak, and after a thorough check (engine cover off, all coil-packs/plugs out, checking top & bottom with inspection lamp etc) no leak was found.

Although there is no sign of oil being burnt from the exhaust, even when I change down and boot it, so is it possible to be burning that amount of oil without any paricular sign of it ? Could the oil cap have a minute leak and is letting a mist of oil escape ? If anyone has any ideas on this I would really appreciate it.

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Chris
 

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Chris that is really not good.You should not be driving the car as running dry on oil spells bottom end damage at the very best, plus all your bearings run the risk of seizing and possible cambelt failure etc etc.

What garage are you using - it should really be an Alfa specialist as these guys will be the ones to go to with a major problem. There must be a decent Indy in Brighton or Eastbourne!

I'm not sure what the prob could be but I would not have thought the filler cap could be to blame as oil simply doesn't evaporate at that rate. I lost my filler cap and ran for about 50 miles and I only lost 1.5l of oil all over the top of the engine. It would be apparent with a build up of oil film all over the bonnet underside and rocker cover anyway.

Take it to an Alfa garage run by someone who cares and they will trace the issue for you!
 

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Thanks for the quick resposes and advice ! I shall have keep maintaining the oil level above min (which I am doing so far) and get the car over to an Alfa specialist. I agree, that is the quickest (and cheapest) way of finding out the problem here.

Regards, Chris
 
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