1993 Saturn SL2 oil

Tiny
JRMRABBITNOSE
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  • 1993 SATURN SL2
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 148,000 MILES
I have to put in a quart of oil atleast once a week, I don't see any leaks and the car dosn't smoke at all and the spark plugs are clean. Do you happen to know what might be wrong with my vehicle?
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Monday, May 18th, 2009 AT 3:55 PM

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Tiny
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Oil doesn't evaporate. So if you dont see any leaks, then it must be burning it off.

You didn't say how many miles you drive in a week, or what weight oil you use.

Possibly switching to a thicker oil will help
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Monday, May 18th, 2009 AT 4:01 PM
Tiny
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This is a well known issue with Pre-GM Saturn's and even some of the new ones they burn oil excessively, its not uncommon for me to hear that they use a quart of oil every month or so, its for the "most" part normal for these cars, but if you notice any knocking or excessive smoking you may want to take a closer look at'er, also how many miles do you put on it in a week? That may also be your problem. I know my 95 uses about half a quart every 800 to 900 miles then again I put about 400 miles a week on mine.
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Monday, June 1st, 2009 AT 11:34 PM
Tiny
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I was on another web site, saturnfans. Com and there is a lot on the subject of Saturns burning oil. It is due to the poorly designed rings. Apparently this is a well known design flaw on the Saturn S series. From what I read on that forum it is vital to a Saturn's engine to do regular oil changes and a lot of people recommended using a synthetic oil. From what I read, losing 1 qt. Oil per 1500 - 3000 miles is about average for this car.
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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 AT 3:28 PM
Tiny
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Bvische, Brings a very good point to the table. This was the issue with there design I was refering too. The synthetic oil will help. Also I would move your car to the severe maintinace schedule for oil changes or at least 2500 miles. Mobile One high mileage syntehtic is what I use in mine it helps with the blow-by and starts easier when cold 5w-30 It never hurts either to by a quart or too of the same oil while your getting it changed, cause mixing different brands can cause some issues as well.
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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 AT 7:53 PM

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