Hamm61

07 Camry "excessive oil consumption"

Hey Scotty-

Your video on burning oil really hit home for me. I currently drive an 07 Toyota Camry that I love, but with 185k miles, it's burning oil from it's 4cylinder vvti engine. Normally I go through about 6 extra quarts between oil changes that I do religiously every 3000 miles.

This issue with my make and model is also something that Toyota is aware of but has yet to issue a full recall on (and they probably won't). I've also taken my car into a local Toyota dealership for an oil consumption test, only for them to tell me that it was "normal" for my vehicle to burn that much oil in the time that the test was conducted.

Since then I've been keeping an eye on the dipstick and adding oil to the engine whenever necessary.

So long story short my question is that if I keep doing this (adding oil), can I continue to run the car normally for many more years/miles, OR am I just operating on "borrowed time" and the engine will eventually fail? And besides pulling the head and replacing the faulty piston rings that are clogged, is there any other method/technique you'd recommend to either reduce the engine from burning oil or stop it all together?

Thank you so much- Kyle

Comments (5)
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ilovesummer
ilovesummer

use 5w-30 conventional will burn less my 2011 camry burn 500ml every 3000 miles

Techsus
Techsus

Hi Hamm61, my 1998 Toyota RAV4 was burning oil like crazy! (Switched to synthetic when I bought it in 2009.) Seems every few DAYS I was adding several ounces to "top off" the dipstick. From Scotty's videos, I learned about Lucas Oil #LUC10131 Pure Synthetic Oil Stabilizer. Bought 1-Gal. but poured some into a clean 1-Qt. container & keep it in the RAV4. Started adding that Lucas instead of 5W30 Mobil-1 Synthetic I used to top it off with. I started doing this in DEC 2016 and can honestly say now it's not burning oil. I RARELY have to top her off. I'd say within a SHORT TIME of using the Lucas it quit burning oil. I'm happy b/c it really bothered me that the dipstick was down EVERY TIME. Crazy. Best wishes from a fellow Toyota loyalist.

Hamm61
Hamm61

This is great news and better than what I was expecting. Thanks for replying back with me so quickly and I will keep an eye on the catalytic converter (not that I would really know what to look for). I suppose if the converter throws a code then I'll have it replaced.

Thanks again- Kyle

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

they are being swines, but often you can drive them years that way. ONLY real problem would be the catalytic converter clogging up over time from burned oil residue