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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
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okay, here is what is going on...
i just started college a couple weeks ago..
i am commuting the 1st semester, and its only a 25-30 minute drive.
i drive the freeway the whole way, driving 80-90 mph most of the time.
the rpm, since i am driving so fast, is on average 4k
...sometimes less, sometimes more
before starting school, for the past 2.5 years, i havnt had to check my oil much, because i wouldnt burn a whole lot.
but since i have been driving the freeway, for 1 hour a day, 4 days a week, for school... plus places that i usually go.. i have been running really low on oil at a pretty quick rate.
is it normal to be burning quite a bit of oil when the rpms are around 4000 for extended times?
the thing that bothers me is that i am predicting having to add a quart every week, or week and a half....
hmmm..... i dunno man. My 86 Benz burns oil like a bitch. But its really only noticable with extended highway driving. Unfortunaley for you your on the highway everyday for school so it will start to become alot more noticable than if u were just city driving like 5-6 blocks to skool.
Visually inspect the motor for leaks around the valve cover, seals, etc. Look underneath, too. Maybe you need to replace a gasket. More than likely it has to do with the age of motor; worn valve seals, or something like that. Some sealer mixed in the oil may help.