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Old 05-24-2010, 06:34 PM
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My 03 ranger has been consuming oil faster than I'd like, and wanted to know if I should switch to something thicker? Right now, I'm running 5w20 full synthetic (owner's manual specified)

Second, I went out tonight and bought Valvoline maxlife 10w40 but just realized that it is a synthetic blend and not a full synthetic. Is it ok to run a blend? or should I return it and get a full synthetic instead?
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Default Re: Oil consumption and Synthetic blends

You can call me an idiot if you like, but I don't think its suppose to "Consume" any oil.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:53 PM
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Default Re: Oil consumption and Synthetic blends

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...I don't think its suppose to "Consume" any oil.
Copy that.

but changing your oil regularly takes precedence over whether it's petrolium, sythrtic or in between.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:29 PM
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Default Re: Oil consumption and Synthetic blends

Well I guess I should have said I think it may be burning oil. I don't have any drip spots under where I park and the bottom of the engine looks pretty oil free. My brother drives a bmw M3 and it's common for them to burn oil. He switched to a 10w40 and he noticed that it burns less than a 5w30.

I changed the oil when I got the truck about 1000-1500 miles ago. In that time, It's gone down to the add line, and i've topped it off. Now it's back to the add line. That's why I'm considering switching to a thicker oil, and since it's summer. I know that it's not "supposed" to consume oil.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:37 PM
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Check the oil filter & drain plug for leaks since you recently changed the oil.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:39 PM
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drain plug is tight and I checked the oil filter a month ago, I got maybe a quarter turn til it was very tight.
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Well unless you see smoke when it's running, I doubt is is consuming the oil.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:19 PM
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Well I understand that it should be smoking if it's burning oil. I'll have to take a closer look tomorrow to see if I can spot any leaks.

Does anyone think switching to a thicker oil will help my issue?
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It would help slow down the leak / consumption. But it won't fix the problem. & switching weights doesn't always agree with an engine.
I had a car that started to use a quart of oil after the 1st 2000 miles after an oil change & would drop another quart after the next 1000 miles. It started this arround 125000 miles. I would add a quart at 2000 miles then change the oil at 3000 miles when it was a quart low. I drove it untill it had 194,000 miles on it & it used the same then as it did at 125,000. I never changed the weight.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:02 PM
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Ah, I see. Well maybe now I will opt off with the same oil I've been using and try to document the consumption/leak better. I will get under it tomorrow to see if I can spot any leaking.
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