Oil is essential to a car’s engine – it keeps all the moving parts lubricated prevents overheating and helps to protect against corrosion. However using too much oil can be just as damaging to your engine as using not enough oil.
If your car is using too much oil it’s important to find out the cause and address it as soon as possible. Continuing to run your car with too much oil can cause serious damage to the engine so it’s important to act fast.
One of the most common reasons for a car to use too much oil is simply because the engine is old and worn out. Over time seals and gaskets can start to leak and piston rings can wear out causing oil to leak into the combustion chamber. This will cause your car to use more oil as well as potentially causing knocking and decreased performance.
If your car is using too much oil it’s important to have it checked out as soon as possible. A qualified mechanic will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and advise you on the best course of action. In some cases it may be as simple as topping up your oil more regularly. However if the problem is more serious you may need to have your engine rebuilt or replaced.
If you’re concerned about your car using too much oil or if you’ve noticed any other changes in your car’s performance it’s always best to get it checked out by a professional. A qualified mechanic will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and advise you on the best course of action.
How can you tell if a car is using too much oil?
If you notice that your car is low on oil more frequently than usual or if you see oil on the ground where your car is parked these could be signs that your car is using too much oil.
Another way to tell is if your engine is running louder than normal or if there is smoke coming from the engine.