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Old 11-15-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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Oil consumption

I lost about half a quart of oil while towing about 100 miles.

Normal?
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:15 AM   #2
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No, but need more info for people to give you informed feedback......engine type, make and model of vehicle at least, how many miles on engine, etc etc
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:19 AM   #3
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I lost about half a quart of oil while towing about 100 miles.

Normal?
Absolutely not

Did it leak out or burn?
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:08 AM   #4
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I didn't think so.

This is a 2011 tundra 5.7 liter with 58k miles.
No evidence of leaking. Also no smoke that I could tell.
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Any sign of a blown head gasket or perhaps a cracked head?
Is the oil milky or is there oil in the radiator?
The oil had to go some place.
Is the exhaust tip oily or smell of burnt oil?

what do the spark plugs, how do they look?
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:01 AM   #6
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Might be normal, but would check with dealer service dept. My dad had a tractor that would burn a gallon of oil a day when pulling hard but little to no loss on easy work.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:35 AM   #7
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Definitely not a good sign, I assume this is the first time you have noticed this, and what made you check the oil after 100 miles was there some issue that you noticed?
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:37 AM   #8
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Toyota makes a good engine. I'd double check to see if this repeats and/or is accurate before I'd become concerned.

But, to answer your question, you should not be using oil. An engine that uses oil under load is generally "in trouble".

We did a 4,000 mile towing trip last spring and the oil never budged off of the full mark.
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X6. Todays modern engines should not use any oil (emissions standards). If it does, then there are issues-a-brewin ie; worn rings, valve seals, PCV system plugged (if equipped), leaks etc.

It's also possible your last oil change didn't get topped off properly (if you didn't do it yourself). Top it off or get it changed with a good quality oil and monitor it closely loaded and unloaded.
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X6. Todays modern engines should not use any oil (emissions standards). If it does, then there are issues-a-brewin ie; worn rings, valve seals, PCV system plugged (if equipped), leaks etc.

It's also possible your last oil change didn't get topped off properly (if you didn't do it yourself). Top it off or get it changed with a good quality oil and monitor it closely loaded and unloaded.
I think it would be a good idea to check the filter and make sure it is the correct type, having the wrong filter will cause problems.
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