Yes, from what I can tell, from a person who knows stuff all about cars, it is burning oil, I put about a liter of oil in it a fortnight, and when I pull the dipstick out to check it, it is always black, without fail, even when I have only just put fresh oil in there, so I am thinking maybe sludge in the oil tank? It is full of coolant, does not use any at all. I have had the car since September last year, and check the water/coolant fortnightly and have never had to even top it up, temperature always sits on or below half.
When taking off at traffic lights, whether the car is cold or warm, I engulf the car behind me in thick smoke, its not dark smoke, it is either white or blueish color, into second gear and the smoke is not as bad, but it is still there. Third gear its almost gone, fourth gear and above I cannot notice it at all. It has been doing it for months and months, but I have literally just been topping up the oil and hoping it gets me by for now. I am a single mother, paying out $1,000.00 for a car that I only paid $1,800.00 for is a nightmare to me.
When the car is warm, and just parked and idling, the smoke only occurs when the accelerator is pressed. When its cold though, sometimes if I sit there for five minutes without driving the smoke starts to come out on its own, even when I do not accelerate.
I park my car in the garage, every day, and after three months there is probably about a teaspoon of oil leak underneath the car.
Also the exhaust pipe is black and sooty, and after I have driven the car for five minutes (if that, just to run down the shop) I notice the exhaust drips cold water and a few black spots of what I think is oil.
What do you think? Sorry for the essay.
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 AT 11:35 AM