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Old 08-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #3951
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What kind of bike?
My pretty well modded ZRX1200 never has had this, not have any of my previous bikes. But I do libe in a flat state.
I could see your engines consuming oil if in the mountains on twisty roads.
But I think rings/bores are to blame for many oil burners.
My new XV doesn't get the carbon buildup on the ass end like my Impreza did.
So far no oil loss noted.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:37 PM   #3952
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I know I thought I was one of the lucky ones with no oil issues.They had already replaced the oil pressure sensor at around 18k miles and it was okay for awhile but when it started I just kept on going back to the dealer whenever the light turned on so it was recorded.
yikes. do keep up posted. i'm at 13k and thought i was one of the lucky ones...i still hope i am, but your experience gives me some cause for concern that oil consumption could start after 20k...
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:38 PM   #3953
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I havent heard anything good about a shortblock replacement on here yet.
Mine is, so far so good! I do have a rough idle on cold start ups though, not sure if that's related. Subaru service guys said its normal, but they didn't get a chance to keep my car over night to check. It's quite the rough cold start at times though.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #3954
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I havent heard anything good about a shortblock replacement on here yet.
I am starting to think my situation is "dealership mechanic" issue rather than a warranty issue. I think they really screwed something up while installing this new engine.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:52 PM   #3955
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I know I thought I was one of the lucky ones with no oil issues.They had already replaced the oil pressure sensor at around 18k miles and it was okay for awhile but when it started I just kept on going back to the dealer whenever the light turned on so it was recorded.
I'm wondering if it might be something simple that's not catastrophic. Does anyone remember reading someplace of a person whose oil consumption was caused by something minor like a bad EGR or PCV valve?
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:59 PM   #3956
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I am starting to think my situation is "dealership mechanic" issue rather than a warranty issue. I think they really screwed something up while installing this new engine.
Thats kinda the point I was trying to make.
How many fb engines has the service dept removed and swapped before?
Being that they screw up much simpler things, the last thing I'd want is a dealer installed engine.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #3957
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Mine is, so far so good! I do have a rough idle on cold start ups though, not sure if that's related. Subaru service guys said its normal, but they didn't get a chance to keep my car over night to check. It's quite the rough cold start at times though.
Glad youre happy. But both brand new Subaru's I've bought had very smooth idles, even in the winter in the morning. Did your new engine quit consuming oil.after break-in?
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:48 PM   #3958
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What kind of bike?
My pretty well modded ZRX1200 never has had this, not have any of my previous bikes. But I do libe in a flat state.
I could see your engines consuming oil if in the mountains on twisty roads.
But I think rings/bores are to blame for many oil burners.
My new XV doesn't get the carbon buildup on the ass end like my Impreza did.
So far no oil loss noted.
Vstar 1100, the only place I have ever seen it lose oil was in Montana, at home I never have issues, again lots of high rpms in low gears climbing and descending mountains. Car is the same from what I can tell.

I went to Colorado over Christmas, but didn't remotely close to the same type of driving I did on this trip, which is why I used a lot more oil imho. I might try to source a new pcv valve though

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Old 08-08-2013, 01:48 PM   #3959
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Glad youre happy. But both brand new Subaru's I've bought had very smooth idles, even in the winter in the morning. Did your new engine quit consuming oil.after break-in?
Yea after the first oil light/top up I can report I have had zero noticeable oil consumption. How's your new ride treating you?
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Lots better so far, Greg! Thanks!
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:56 PM   #3961
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Vstar 1100, the only place I have ever seen it lose oil was in Montana, at home I never have issues, again lots of high rpms in low gears climbing and descending mountains. Car is the same from what I can tell.

I went to Colorado over Christmas, but didn't remotely close to the same type of driving I did on this trip, which is why I used a lot more oil imho. I might try to source a new pcv valve though
My best friends dad rides a V-Star. He had to replace his engine at 10k because of oil problems. Apparently one of the cylinders didn't get proper lubrication.
But I don't recall him losing any oil or smoking.
Its a pretty comfortable bike, I just cant get used to shaft-drive.
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Please post any findings with the pcv if/when you replace, it, please!
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Thats kinda the point I was trying to make.
How many fb engines has the service dept removed and swapped before?
Being that they screw up much simpler things, the last thing I'd want is a dealer installed engine.
The resources are there for the mechanic to successfully replace a short block. Beside the factory service manual they have a tech line that they can call for questions or anything that is out of the ordinary. If a mechanic is bad and doesn't install the shortblock right, they will have to fix it correctly. Not hard to show them the engine doesn't run right.

With regards to not wanting a shortblock replaced, yeah you're right I would rather NOT have to go through that, however if you NEED to do it, you do it. If given the option to fix your car or continue to have a engine that consumes oil, I would go for the former. That should be obvious.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:47 PM   #3964
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My best friends dad rides a V-Star. He had to replace his engine at 10k because of oil problems. Apparently one of the cylinders didn't get proper lubrication.
But I don't recall him losing any oil or smoking.
Its a pretty comfortable bike, I just cant get used to shaft-drive.
I am up to almost 30k on it, most go for over 100k w/o issues.

Like I said the only place I have had oil issues is in the mountains where it pukes a lot out the breather, and I really think the fb20 with it's high compression creates a lot of crankcase pressure when engine braking
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@ST- right,
But I disagree about the dealing having to fix it correctly. They are supposed to- but if something goes awry, which seems very likely, most dealers are notorious for the "thats normal" line.
Im sure they told Greg that idling rough is ok. Because they spent all that time fixing it and it would be a huge pita for them to sort out. And if you call SOA and complain, the dealer can just deny you service.
Thats right- SOA's official company policy is thqt any dealer can refuse any customer at any time for any reason they see fit. All they HAVE TO DO- IS SELL YOU THE CAR.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:51 PM   #3966
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I am up to almost 30k on it, most go for over 100k w/o issues.

Like I said the only place I have had oil issues is in the mountains where it pukes a lot out the breather, and I really think the fb20 with it's high compression creates a lot of crankcase pressure when engine braking
True.
Yours sounds like a very normal and well-functioning Subaru.
But with my last car I hardly ever engine-braked and it still chugged the crude. The XV I actually do use the engine to brake with, and not a drop so far...
Knock on wood!
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True.
Yours sounds like a very normal and well-functioning Subaru.
But with my last car I hardly ever engine-braked and it still chugged the crude. The XV I actually do use the engine to brake with, and not a drop so far...
Knock on wood!
I use it all the time, rarely even touch my brakes above 25-30
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@ST- right,
But I disagree about the dealing having to fix it correctly. They are supposed to- but if something goes awry, which seems very likely, most dealers are notorious for the "thats normal" line.
Im sure they told Greg that idling rough is ok. Because they spent all that time fixing it and it would be a huge pita for them to sort out. And if you call SOA and complain, the dealer can just deny you service.
Thats right- SOA's official company policy is thqt any dealer can refuse any customer at any time for any reason they see fit. All they HAVE TO DO- IS SELL YOU THE CAR.
They cannot deny a faulty repair, I'm sorry but they can't.
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Here's a good description of what the PCV valve does, and why:

http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/197
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The service manual says to not remove it unless broken, the next page is how to test it once removed....how am I supposed to test it w/o removing it? Lol

Part isn't horribly expensive, I might just go buy one tomorrow
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Part isn't horribly expensive, I might just go buy one tomorrow
How much are they?
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How much are they?
16.95 msrp. They thread in, and it looks like dealer only for now, but my dealer always has things 15% off

Then again, I think it is probably functioning correctly, 1500+ miles of working the engine decently hard, but still can't hurt to have a spare
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They thread in...
Yes, but don't forget to use the appropriate Locktite product that is the functional equivalent of the almost-impossible-to-find thread sealant that the service manual specifies.

A quick Google search will reveal the appropriate stuff to buy. In fact, if you search on this forum, you'll find it.
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They're on ebay.
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