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    2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    Own the Nox' since new, done every oil change every 3k. Changed the oil on saturday, got underneath to drain the oil and saw oily residue on the bottom completely away from drain plug. I figured its probably when you pull the oil filter out and some oil escapes and drips down. Drained it into oil catch pan...no biggie right??? re-installed the plug filled it with 5 quarts of Pennzoil 5w-30. I proceed to the garage with drain pan. got my 2 1 gallon milk jugs ready put in funnel and drain oil into milk jug. Guess what?? It only filled 1 jug HALFWAY. I mean really 2-1/2 to 3 quarts of oil gone??? I have never had this problem before. I have an appointment at my dealer on friday where i have to explain further to what the problem is.
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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    You don't check your oil level between changes?

    "Oily residue"?

    Sounds like a leak, not consumption.

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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    I do check the oil level, I added a quart 2 weeks ago to get it back to good level.
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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    Quote Originally Posted by 1BadBlueSS View Post
    I do check the oil level, I added a quart 2 weeks ago to get it back to good level.
    Would be nice to know before you post about consumption.

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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    All of the oil doesn't completely drain out of the engine, a lot of oil is trapped in the filter, oil stuck to the side of your drain-pan, oil that dripped down the engine, ended up in your hand, a shop rag, etc.

    What you've done, is the most unscientific, inaccurate oil consumption test possible.

    You may be losing oil, but this isn't the way to determine it.


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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    Hardly believe there are 2-1/2 quarts of oil still in the motor. Yes there was some in the filter but not 2+ quarts. Plus all other oil changes ihave done needed 1 full + a little more in the 2nd milk jug. Thats the thing I dont know where the oil is going whether it is leaking out or its being consumed by the motor. Maybe a little bit of both. Plus where its parked there never is any oil drips on the driveway.
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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    Oil consumption is a fairly common problem with 2010 - 2011 2.4L engines in the Equinox. Let the dealer do an oil consumption test. It shouldn't consume more than a quart every 2000 miles.

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    I have a 2010 Equinox that I bought new in oct. 2009 back in may the check engine light came on so we took it to the dealership and they said it was something like the cam position sensor and said it was due to 3-4 quarts low of oil but the oil life said it had about 40% of life left but they recommended to change it so we did. I asked if it was a concern that there was that much oil used, he said to bring it back at 3,000 miles for them to check the oil again this was back in may 2011, well yesterday the check engine light came on again and it does this jerking type hesitation. but doesn't do it all the time, so I noticed that it had been 3,000 miles since the last oil change and decided to check the oil before i took it up to the dealership and the dipstick had no oil on it. took it up there and they didn't understand why it didn't have any either so they put some oil in it and told me to bring it back on tuesday when the shop foreman is there so he can be involved and may have to get with GM to see what they say is happening. I have seen where others are having problems with oil consumption. There is no way it should be burning that much oil in 3,000 miles. I knew this vehicle was too good to be true. I have lost all confidence in this equinox. any suggestions on what the problem is? there is no oil on the driveway where it is parked.

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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    GM policy is that it must be consuming over 1 quart every 1k miles for any warranty work...
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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

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    GM policy is that it must be consuming over 1 quart every 1k miles for any warranty work...
    That is just GM "policy". It is not what the warranty says. We have had several Silverados at work with
    "excess" oil consumption as about a quart in just under 2000 miles and warranty work was done. The policy is what dealers start with but it is my experience if you push the issue with GM customer service, GM will take care of it under warranty. A quart every 1000 miles is seriously using oil. This is a wrong headed policy used to save GM money.

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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    I think it is kind of a catch-all for those brand-new engines that are not set right but work themselves out, that said, a 2010 should be well into the "burns not a drop" stage of life...

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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    Quote Originally Posted by 1BadBlueSS View Post
    Own the Nox' since new, done every oil change every 3k. Changed the oil on saturday, got underneath to drain the oil and saw oily residue on the bottom completely away from drain plug. I figured its probably when you pull the oil filter out and some oil escapes and drips down. Drained it into oil catch pan...no biggie right??? re-installed the plug filled it with 5 quarts of Pennzoil 5w-30. I proceed to the garage with drain pan. got my 2 1 gallon milk jugs ready put in funnel and drain oil into milk jug. Guess what?? It only filled 1 jug HALFWAY. I mean really 2-1/2 to 3 quarts of oil gone???
    So what happened? My 2010 Nox has been losing oil for about 6 months. Only a few days after an oil change, there is no oil on the dip stick. I add a quart every 1,000 miles. The funny thing is, it isn't burning the oil, there is a leak. But it leaks only while I'm driving it. There are no drips on the driveway and no blue exhaust. The only thing I notice is that when I slow down to stop, there is a burning oil smell - probably from a drip that gets dislodged onto the exhaust pipe or something. There is oil spray on the passenger side frame and half the oil pan. I'm still using 5W-30W. Could it be with so many miles, I need to go to a high viscosity?
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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

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    So what happened? My 2010 Nox has been losing oil for about 6 months. Only a few days after an oil change, there is no oil on the dip stick. I add a quart every 1,000 miles. The funny thing is, it isn't burning the oil, there is a leak. But it leaks only while I'm driving it. There are no drips on the driveway and no blue exhaust. The only thing I notice is that when I slow down to stop, there is a burning oil smell - probably from a drip that gets dislodged onto the exhaust pipe or something. There is oil spray on the passenger side frame and half the oil pan. I'm still using 5W-30W. Could it be with so many miles, I need to go to a high viscosity?
    It probably wouldn't hurt to switch to a high viscosity. If you were to go to a quick change place, assuming the vehicle was warm enough to be losing oil as you suggest it is, they may be able to narrow down where it is leaking from, which may help for a fix down the road.
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    Re: 2010 Chevy Equinox Oil consumption

    Quote Originally Posted by kzf3m8 View Post
    So what happened? My 2010 Nox has been losing oil for about 6 months. Only a few days after an oil change, there is no oil on the dip stick. I add a quart every 1,000 miles. The funny thing is, it isn't burning the oil, there is a leak. But it leaks only while I'm driving it. There are no drips on the driveway and no blue exhaust. The only thing I notice is that when I slow down to stop, there is a burning oil smell - probably from a drip that gets dislodged onto the exhaust pipe or something. There is oil spray on the passenger side frame and half the oil pan. I'm still using 5W-30W. Could it be with so many miles, I need to go to a high viscosity?
    You have a physical oil leak, take it in to get looked at, yes it’s going to cost you money, but your car is far from worthless, especially when you consider what a new similar replacement would cost.

    Bummer it didn't happen 6,000 miles ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by CadiEldo67 View Post
    It probably wouldn't hurt to switch to a high viscosity. If you were to go to a quick change place, assuming the vehicle was warm enough to be losing oil as you suggest it is, they may be able to narrow down where it is leaking from, which may help for a fix down the road.
    Higher viscosity "thicker" oil, isn't going to stop it from leaking, unless he just packs the inside of his engine with grease...... (and no I’m not recommending that!)


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