1994 Mercury Sable major oil leak

Tiny
MLADYTOY
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  • 1994 MERCURY SABLE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
Since Saturday (today is Wednesday), my car has gone through 1 1/2 gallons of oil! I put 3 quarts in on Saturday and never really went anywhere very far.
Today I drove about 25 miles, and the oil light went on. I pulled in a gas station and checked the oil to find that the dipstick came out almost clean! I added two quarts, and the light went out. I drove 12 miles back and everything was fine. The car sat for about 4 hours, and then I drove 5 miles and the light went on again, same story.

What is the cause and how much should it cost to repair?

Thank you!
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 2:21 AM

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Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

How much of this is external leaking? If it is burning the this amount you must be driving in a permanent blue haze, for that much oil to be burnt it could only be pistons & rings, and external leakage of that magnitude could be a torn rear main seal, cracked pressure sender may be, how much is drooping on the road?

Mark (mhpautos)
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 5:34 AM

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