Car burning oil fast

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Asked by Mar 02, 2017 at 10:06 PM about the 2007 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi- I took my car to a repair shop for oil change
about 3 weeks ago.  Today I went again bc the oil
light flashes when I step hard on the brake at any
speed. They said the oil level was low and they
don't know what is causing the car to burn oil so
fast (no leak was found). It's only been 3 weeks and
less than 1000 miles so obviously something is
wrong. Any guesses? Thanks!

19 Answers

25,155

How many miles on engine? If it's not leaking oil then it's burning it. Check front seal, check valve cover, if your has an external oil cooler check that, check everything for leaks. If none found, then try a leak down test. If it burns oil it'll be losing it past the piston rings or valve seals.

1,810

Is this a 4 cylinder engine? Do you remember receiving a notice from toyota concerning an extended warranty for excessive oil consumption?

10

Yes, 4 cylinders and 100k miles. I just bought it from a dealer recently, so I don't know about the extended warranty.

960

if it has the 2.4 4 cylinder motor and the car is less than 10 yrs old less than 150000 miles dealer will do a oil consumption test, then they might fix

10

Will they fix it for free?

1,810

Well...Toyota did indeed fix it for free for one of my customers. Follow Karmon's suggestions to find out. I believe as a second owner...you will have to provide additional paper work to prove same. The Toyota Dealer will guide you through the process. Don't wait to long...I believe there is a 10 year limit on that warranty. Get back with your results.

10

Thank you so much to you both. I will take it to the dealer tomorrow.

10

Took my car to the dealer, and started the oil consumption test today. They told me to come back after 1,100 miles. Thanks all.

1,810

Good luck with that. Let us know the outcome.

10

Hey - so my car failed the excessive oil consumption test today, and the dealer agreed to change the pistons and replace other parts of the engine. It will take them 2 or 3 days to finish. Thanks everyone! I'm just curious. Does anyone know if my car will be like new after this? Will the new parts make it more powerful?

25,155

It won't make it more powerful than it was when new, but it will feel like a new engine more or less, it will regain the power it had lost. Good to see Toyota standing behind their warranty, glad it worked out for you!

10

Just got my car back, but there's a problem. It vibrates whenever the car is in idle i.e. Stop sign, red light...anyone knows what the problem is? What should I do? Thanks

1,810

Any warning lights on or flashing? Appears you will have to take this vehicle back to the repair shop. Might be a simple "relearn" repair....or some part of the repair that went down the wrong road. With new pistons and rings...the engine should run like near new.

10

No flashing or warning lights. When I switch the gear to neutral or park, the vibration stops. Someone told me it could be a brake problem, is that possible?

10

The engine seems more powerful than before. I think it could be the engine bc they had inspected the brake before rebuilding the engine, and the brake was fine.

960

assuming the engine is not misfiring, check the engine mount on the passenger side

1,810

I do not believe the vibration you describe is brake related. It might be motor or transmission mounts. Consider a visit to the repair shop for an evaluatoon.

1,810

Commander.....did you ever resolve the vibration l this vehicle?

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The car is ok now, just a little vibration. I took it to the repair shop and they said everything was ok. I guess I overreacted. It's more powerful and in good shape. Thanks again everyone.

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