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This is a discussion on quart of oil every gas fill up within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; About 2 months ago i had small oil puddles under my car. I took it to super rupair and they ...

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    quart of oil every gas fill up

    About 2 months ago i had small oil puddles under my car. I took it to super rupair and they determined it was something next to the rear main seal, i cant remember what it was. But now I am still losing about a quart everytime i fill up. I know it could be something to do with the turbo, or the engine. I just got my car dynoed on saturday, at mac autosports. I would assume if it was my turbo, then Nick should have known it was blown? Also if it was a blown turbo, wouldnt i either see oil leaking, or burning out the exhaust?
    Or if it was an engine probelm, would i see a leak or it burning out the exhaust too?

    I have a 2003 wrx with about 116,000 miles. Not original owner, i have only put on about ten thousand miles. Aftermarket parts include aem cai, cb exhaust, ebay inlet hose. I use 5w-30 mobil 1 fully synthetic, and last oil change i tried, 0w-30 and lucas oil.
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    compression or leak-down?
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    ^^^ Read this :

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    today i started my car up in cold weather and i saw smoke coming from the left side of the engine, more towards the front. It stopped as soon as the engine warmed up. What do you think?
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    Possibly an oil leak.. And the smoke was the oil being burned off...
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    Well i assume that since im losing oil, any ideas on what might be the actual issue though. Maybe a piston problem or something with the block, idk im just asking for educated ideas.
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    I agree with the leak down test idea.

    Educated guess: if it's only coming from one side of the engine, and it's not burning oil. Maybe the cam cover is leaking?

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    Your piston isnt going to cause oil to leak from your engine bay... Unless said piston was thrown through a block..

    the oil is going to be hitting something hot to burn off... Pull your car into the garage, pop off your IC and look for oil burns on the the exhaust and oil on the block...

    Aside from that drive your car a little and then park it over some card board... Look directly up from where the oil hits and follow the trail of oil. That should lead you tot he problem.

    If you engine is to covered in oil then you need to clean it off first. Hit it with some engine brite and wash it down.. then drive it and inspect for oil leaks...

    Im assuming the leak you had 2 months ago was fixed?

    My educated guess is that its a seal. And no i cannot tell you what seal with out more info... So go climb into your garage with a light and take a peak... then get back to us

    Since we have that out of the way. If your losing oil and you have no leak IE no oil on the ground, that would be internal... Then do as Donkey said and get a compression test done.

    EDIT> I see you switched over to 0-30.. that would be a synthetic oil. Did your car have synthetic before? If not that may and usually causes leaks around seals that were other wise good with standard oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poohbear View Post
    Your piston isnt going to cause oil to leak from your engine bay... Unless said piston was thrown through a block..

    the oil is going to be hitting something hot to burn off... Pull your car into the garage, pop off your IC and look for oil burns on the the exhaust and oil on the block...

    Aside from that drive your car a little and then park it over some card board... Look directly up from where the oil hits and follow the trail of oil. That should lead you tot he problem.

    If you engine is to covered in oil then you need to clean it off first. Hit it with some engine brite and wash it down.. then drive it and inspect for oil leaks...

    Im assuming the leak you had 2 months ago was fixed?

    My educated guess is that its a seal. And no i cannot tell you what seal with out more info... So go climb into your garage with a light and take a peak... then get back to us

    Since we have that out of the way. If your losing oil and you have no leak IE no oil on the ground, that would be internal... Then do as Donkey said and get a compression test done.

    EDIT> I see you switched over to 0-30.. that would be a synthetic oil. Did your car have synthetic before? If not that may and usually causes leaks around seals that were other wise good with standard oil.
    The leak 2 months ago was fixed. I ran 5w-30 synthetic before this oil change and before that, i didnt own the car. So my guess is it could be a seal, the oil, or even

    Also i saw i could do a compression check or a leak-down test. Which would figure this problem out? I thought compression only checked the cylinders, and yes i did read the link above, twice.
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    I said leakdown/compression test because it's a good idea to keep track of your compression.
    However, it may not actually help this time, if the engine it self is leaking.

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    First you have to look for an oil leak to find an oil leak... If your motor is leaking oil then you need to find what is leaking in order to fix it lol...

    If you dont find an oil leak the compression test is the next part of the troubleshooting list to attack.

    You can burn oil off with rings or valve seals or whatever and still not see oil come from the exhaust. A compression test will help determine health of the motor..
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    I cant find any leaks, but i also cant see under the engine of where smoke could be coming from. I know it is from the left side, the opposite side of the turbo. So i should do a compression check to see if the compression is good, and if it is, then i should should do a leak-down test?
    Well i do have an appointment at a mechanic at 10am, so would it still be a good idea to do this, or should i just say screw it and let them do it? Would doing these tests help me acutally figure out where the problem is exactly or close to?
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    Why cant you see where the smoke is coming from? what is int he way? Climb up under the car and look around...

    If your going to a mechanic, then have him look for the leak.

    If no leak is found then do a compression test.

    HAVING BAD COMPRESSION WILL NOT GIVE YOU A LEAK IN THE ENGINE BAY... IT WILL GIVE YOU A LOOK AT THE HEALTH OF YOUR MOTOR.

    oil can be lost through blow by, bad rings, bad valve seals etc etc. Compression and leak down tests, test for this.

    From the sounds of it you have an external leak. This would not be caused by bad rings or valves seals which is what compression tests test. So have your mechanic look for the leak since you cannot do it yourself..

    However like it was said before. Having a compression test done is never really a bad idea. Since you modding and going to dyno's its probably a good idea to know what kind of life that motor has left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poohbear View Post
    Why cant you see where the smoke is coming from? what is int he way? Climb up under the car and look around...

    If your going to a mechanic, then have him look for the leak.

    If no leak is found then do a compression test.

    HAVING BAD COMPRESSION WILL NOT GIVE YOU A LEAK IN THE ENGINE BAY... IT WILL GIVE YOU A LOOK AT THE HEALTH OF YOUR MOTOR.

    oil can be lost through blow by, bad rings, bad valve seals etc etc. Compression and leak down tests, test for this.

    From the sounds of it you have an external leak. This would not be caused by bad rings or valves seals which is what compression tests test. So have your mechanic look for the leak since you cannot do it yourself..

    However like it was said before. Having a compression test done is never really a bad idea. Since you modding and going to dyno's its probably a good idea to know what kind of life that motor has left.
    true on the compression for the motor life. I will definately do that.

    I know it sounds like i have no idea what im talking about and to an extent i dont. But i cannot find any oil leaks at all. I looked at it this morning when i saw the smoke and it was coming from somewhere on the left side near the front. I could see it blowing with the wind, but thats all. It only smoked for a minute or so too.

    I had my rear main seal replaced two months ago, by a terrible company. Today was the first day i noticed the smoke, maybe because it was cold out. I just dont see how it could be external because i dont find any oil on the ground, and im losing a good amount of oil, so you would assume i would.
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