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Four months ago, I decided to take everyones advice and switch to Mobile 1 synthetic. At about 4k since then I got a low oil light while going around corners at speed. I didnt have time for an oil change so I bought a case of oil and thought I would top it off. I was three quarts low! I know you are supposed to change your oil every three months/3k miles but one month and a 1,000 miles shouldnt eat three quarts. I do not have an oil leak, there are no spots, or sprayed oil inside the engine bay. Is it common for a motor to burn synthetic oil the first time its used? That doesnt seem right to me. The only other thing I could imagine is that Jiffy Lube shorted me oil. My car is non turbo so it doesnt need as much, but still Three quarts in my oil pan right now are new do I even need an oil change at this point?<p>
 

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Re: Low Oil Concern (black007)

Check your oil at least every 1000 miles.<br>In the old days it used to be check at every other fill up.<br>It's still an internal combustion engine, getting old.
 

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Generally it's a good idea to check the oil level after somebody has changed it for you, after all it's your car and you are the one who foots all the bills there. Trust yourself only <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>black007</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Four months ago, I decided to take everyones advice and switch to Mobile 1 synthetic. At about 4k since then I got a low oil light while going around corners at speed. I didnt have time for an oil change so I bought a case of oil and thought I would top it off. I was three quarts low! I know you are supposed to change your oil every three months/3k miles but one month and a 1,000 miles shouldnt eat three quarts. I do not have an oil leak, there are no spots, or sprayed oil inside the engine bay. Is it common for a motor to burn synthetic oil the first time its used? That doesnt seem right to me. The only other thing I could imagine is that Jiffy Lube shorted me oil. My car is non turbo so it doesnt need as much, but still Three quarts in my oil pan right now are new do I even need an oil change at this point?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What I suggest to everyone I know is a simple measure of prevention. At each and every fill-up, while the gas is being pumped...just take that idle time to open the hood and check your fluids along with the overall condition of the car. Every combistion engine will consume some oil and your level is not of too much concern. Odds are it was a fluke and it will not happen to such an extent after the next oil change. Your car is a lot like a person when you change its diet...it will take a bit of time to adjust.<p>Another consideration...always check, double check, and re-check your maintenance. Regardless of who changed the oil, just go back and follow-up. I know of too many horror stories of both under-filled oil and over-filled oil killing an engine. I've seen people with the wrong filters cross-threaded onto a car...loose drain plugs, JB Welded drain plugs, and you name it. No one will take care of your car...unless you do. If you check your oil before signing off on the work at a shop...you'll earn respect because you actually care.<p>Good luck!<br>Prospero
 

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Why in the world would you take your car to any of those quickie-lube places? I would never take any car that I cared about to a place like that. Most indie shops will do an oil change for you for $20 w/ dino oil and $50 - $60 using Mobil 1. My friend owns an indie shop and he gets $60 for a 5-qt. Mobil 1 oil change w/ a new filter. How much are you saving at the quickie-lube place???
 

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Bill, Unlike Flagtown, Los Angeles is quite a busy place. working 60 hour weeks I do not have the ability to make an appointment, at an indie shop that would charge me $90 for the oil change, then tell me that I need something else. Or I could take it to a different indie shop where I would be worse off than at a jiffy lube where I am in and out in under thirty minutes without making an appointment. Ideally I would do it myself but after working 12 hour days the last thing I want to do is climb under my car. Thanks for the concern though. And thanks to all that have replied.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>black007</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Bill, Unlike Flagtown, Los Angeles is quite a busy place. working 60 hour weeks I do not have the ability to make an appointment, at an indie shop that would charge me $90 for the oil change, then tell me that I need something else. Or I could take it to a different indie shop where I would be worse off than at a jiffy lube where I am in and out in under thirty minutes without making an appointment. Ideally I would do it myself but after working 12 hour days the last thing I want to do is climb under my car. Thanks for the concern though. And thanks to all that have replied.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm not sure why where either of us live has anything to do w/ the subject at hand. And FYI, I work 60-65 hours a week myself, as well as being a single parent w/ a house to take care of. If you don't have a local indie shop that you trust, I feel for you. I guess that means you get your other work done at the stealership. <p>I think I'd rather pay stealership prices for an oil change than let the ham-fisted cretins at a quickie-lube place touch my car. That's not to say that a stealership would be any better, but you'd probably stand a better chance getting an issue resolved. I've heard too many horror stories about quickie-lube places.<p>Good luck w/ your car and I hope there's no damage done to it.
 

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I have both of my Volvo's oil changes down to less than 10 minutes. I do it myself because I don't have the time to take it pretty much anywhere. On a Sat. or Sunday afternoon, it's a job I can do between a few sips from a cold beer.
 

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It has been just over two weeks since I first started this thread. At that point I had topped off my oil, and it was reading fine. Today I got the low oil light again going around a corner. When I checked the oil I was a quart low again. It has only been two weeks since I topped off. Is it normal for synthetic to burn like this? I double checked and I have no leaks/drips of oil anywhere.
 

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No, it's not normal. <br>Any signs of burning oil, like excessive smoke out of the pipe, or oily residue inside? Any traces of oil in the cooling system (antifreeze expansion tank?)
 

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I have looked all over, but I cant find oil where it shouldnt be. There is no smoke coming out of my tail pipe either, especially not blue smoke. I will check the oil in a week and update on how low I am.
 

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I have used Mobil-1 Syntetic since 5,000 miles and my car still uses less than a quart between oil changes. That said, I believe some of these "white motors" use oil, and some don't. It would probably be a very good idea to check your oil at least every time you fill up the gas tank.
 
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