2011 Prius burning oil

Asked by GuruR8WPT Feb 12, 2020 at 03:12 PM about the 2011 Toyota Prius

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2011 Prius just started burning a lot of oil. I
bought it a year ago, from not a dealership, and
about a month later a piston shot out the bottom of
it. Had to get a used engine put in that only had
about 140,000 miles on it, the car now has over
200,000 and the engine probably 160,000ish. I drive
it everyday as I deliver pizza and haven't had this
issue until about a month ago when I took it in for
smelling oil burning when I’m coming off the
highway. A few days ago I checked the stick and it
said there was no oil in it so I put a quart in and am
just now getting the oil changed.
The dealership told me it was the cam shaft and
timing cover that needed to be changed and didn’t
go into much detail, only that it would be around
3,200 plus tax. And I took it to another place, they
told me it was the timing chain tensioner which
requires the timing cover coming off and the crank
shaft seal with a transmission check for about a
grand. Also told me that putting stop seal additives
is a bad thing to do in a hybrid. Was just wondering
if this is accurate and if anyone else had the same
issues and what they did to help there car out.
Thank you.

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