2010 acura tl awd oil life vs. Oil consumption

Old 02-07-2017, 08:37 AM
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2010 acura tl awd oil life vs. Oil consumption

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My low oil level indicator came on yesterday evening. When I check my oil life on my dash it is still displaying 50%. I have gone about 3800 miles or so since my last oil change. About 500 over what the sticker says on the windshield. I am under the impression the "oil life" gauge on my dash is the life of the filter? Am I ok to add a few more quarts of oil and ride another thousand miles? Thanks all!
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oil life % is a calculated formula. it uses; start-ups, engine revolutions and other factors to figure out the life of the oil.

which is completely independent of oil consumption.
yes, if your engine is consuming oil, you can add oil to where it comes up below the max line on the dipstick

which means, who ever is changing your oil according to the sticker is CHANGING it early...
but that might not be a bad thing, as you can monitor oil consumption by reading the dipstick and catching before the engine goes dry
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Got my letter about the oil consumption problem, took it to my Acura dealer and he said he would start the process after the oil change then inform me that I have an oil leak and he estimated the repair bill at $1850 and I have to do that before he can start the oil consumption test! Wtf! So before he can fix the problem and to even see if I have an oil consumption problem they want $1850 to repair the oil pump leak? Time for a lawyer perhaps?
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Heres the thing, if you car does have an oil leak then how can they do an accurate oil consumption test? There would be no way to tell what oil has been burned (consumed) or what oil has been leaked. And of course the dealership repair of an oil leak will be expensive.

I would take it to another dealership and make no mention of the leak and just ask for an oil consumption test and see what they say. Or take it to an independent mechanic and see if they can confirm there is an oil leak, if there is they will likely want much less than a dealership to fix.
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Thanks, yes thatís what I was thinking I will take it to another dealership with the paperwork for the oil consumption test and see what they say I take my car to the same dealership every single time and I have a hard time believing that this is the first time theyíve seen the oil leak now that Iím requesting the test!!! Did I mention itís a 2012 MDX with less than 70,000 miles
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