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Old 06-10-2015, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default Oil loss problem

hi, so i have a 1998 Saturn sc2 that Ive been driving for awhile and have recently realized that it is using a lot of oil. i realize that these cars have been prone to oil problems to a degree but this is off the charts for any car. for the past two oil "changes" Ive been burning down almost all of the oil in the engine. but there inst any smoke nor any signs of leakage i do a lot of highway driving at speeds around 65 to 85 depending on traffic area etc but Ive never had any issues with losing this much oil until recently. another issue im having is occasionally the coolant light will flash about 5 or 6 times and then go off whenever i see it i watch the temp gauge for the next 10 15 min and the actually heat of the engine rises maybe 1 or 2 ticks of the needle up and then returns to normal. i have a torque converter code that keeps popping up and going away and im wondering if that has something to do with all of the stuff that's been happening any ideas and suggestions are much appreciated. im hoping to sell the car soon so id rather not have any temporary fixes to just get it off my hands. i want to have the car genuinely working well before i try to sell it

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Old 06-10-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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Firstly, All S-Series burn oil. If you don't check your Oil between Oil changes, you've likely already done damage to your engine. Same goes for your Coolant light These cars require regular maintenance. As In " Check your Oil when you get Gas"
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:42 PM   #3
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For some of these cars, it's "fill up the oil and check the gas". The only one of my S-Series that doesn't seem to use oil had a full rebuild just before I bought it (well, before I bought the car that used to have the engine that doesn't burn oil...). My SW2 didn't seem to burn oil when I got it, but it does a bit now. My wife's SC1 was burning quite a bit, enough that I was sure it would run low and lock up the engine if we didn't do something about it. She wouldn't check/fill it, because she was always in nice work clothes. So we got her a car that hopefully won't use so much oil, and are selling her SC1.

If the coolant light is blinking, check the level. It may be fine - these cars are bad about sticking coolant level sensors, and will give false alarms.

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Old 06-10-2015, 08:25 PM   #4
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I got my oil problem under control, I use a tank of fuel every 3 days, and find it now takes about 3 weeks for it to need a quart of oil , so getting about 4000km to a quart now after I drilled the pistons.

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