"a Junker from the Chrysler line?" Apparently you haven't been reading the other posts here. If a little oil usage is all you have to complain about, consider yourself extremely lucky.
Did this just start occurring or has it done it since new? It IS actually normal for late model engines to use a little oil but it should not be necessary to add between changes. Most engines use low-tension piston rings now to reduce friction and improve fuel economy.
To address the many complaints of normal oil usage, manufacturers no longer stamp "add" and "full" on the dipsticks. They now say "Min" and "Max". As long as the level is above the Minimum mark, there's no need to add. Even running it a little low isn't going to hurt anything.
Have you been changing your own oil or do you take it to a shop? If a shop, have you checked the level right after the change? Is it possible they're only putting in enough new oil to reach the minimum mark, and you're filling it to the maximum mark and it takes a quart to reach that?
The question is why is it losing so much oil? If no external leak can be found, a small bottle of dye can be added, then you search with a black light, including at the tail pipe. The dye will show up as a bright yellow stain that you can follow to the source.
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 1:41 AM