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Old 10-27-2001, 05:42 PM   #1
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Exclamation Just a reminder...

Always check your oil level EVERY time you make a long trip in your Subaru or any car, regardless of how reliable you think it is. I just drive home to Pittsburgh from New Jersey yesterday, and upon pulling into my driveway, I noticed a horrible ticking sound coming from the engine. It was so loud it could be heard from inside the car!

This morning I checked my oil and the dipstick was nearly dry. I was shocked since my car has always been excellent as far as oil consumption. I've never before had to add a drop of oil between oil changes. Because the engine never consumed oil before, it never crossed my mind that I should check the oil before driving the car on a 330 mile trip. It appears that my car developed a sudden oil leak within the past 2 weeks. It turns out I had to add 2.5 quarts of oil this morning. Luckily, after adding oil the valve rapping stopped, and it appears that no damage was done. However, I might not have been so fortunate and it could have done some very expensive damage to the engine.
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Old 10-27-2001, 10:47 PM   #2
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do what we do in the Army with our equipment and vechicles P.M.C.S.=preventiative maintenence care and servicing. Just make a short list of things to check before, during and after operation. Youll be able to catch a problem before its a problem.

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Old 10-27-2001, 11:10 PM   #3
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Luckily I got into this habit driving my 175,000 mile Eagle Talon that consumes oil like it's going out of style. Thanks though
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Old 10-28-2001, 12:47 AM   #4
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i would get your car checked out if i were you...

if it's burning oil all-of-a-sudden
then there is need to be concerned...

you could have a blown head gasket...
you could have blown a cylinder...
or it could just be nothing...

but oil just doesnt vanish... it's going somewhere...

i'd get it checked out..

good luck!
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Old 10-28-2001, 12:59 AM   #5
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I am working on some Pontiac now at school that this exact thing happened to it. He lost oil and never thought to have it checked. It finally really screwed up the gasket around the #1 cylinder and he began losing power and brought it in to us. It eventually lost all the pressure in the #1 cylinder. The #2 and #4 cylinders were also effected and were down to 50 Psi.

Best thing to do is to get it checked.

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