How long can I go refilling oil?
Tell me if you've heard this story before, bought a " good looking jeep" only to run into problems immediately. My main issue now is the engine is burning oil like crazy and has a leak that isnt too bad, but will probably get worse. Long story short I'm putting oil in it on a regular basis. I am 12 mo's from an engine swap, here's the biggest laugher its my DD, my commute is roughly 10-12 miles so thats my only advantage. I see white smoke out of the exhaust when accelerating. When the oil is low I get a strong gas smell. Its a 2.5 and I really want a new engine and hate to put any $ in it, but it needs to last until next fall. Should I get it fixed or keep dumping oil in it. Its a 84 CJ7 2.5. I'm not at the point of DIY so I would have to pay for all repairs. Advice, opinions, jokes have at it!
Originally Posted by Jason View Post
I had a 1985 Cavalier with the V6-2.8 that effectively changed its own oil - I dumped in about a quart every ten days, I'd change the filter and top it off twice a year. Ran fine - the only real problem I had with the 2.8 in that car was that it had a leak on the rear valve cover that I couldn't resolve. (The 2.8L is horribly misapplied in small trucks - it's too "high-strung." It's like AMC putting the VW/Audi 4-121 into the Gremlin, Pacer, and Spirit - the chassis was too heavy for the engine.)
Drove it that way for four years, before I traded it in on a 1992 Corsica with the V6-183 (3.1L) - which was a markedly better engine. The Corsica handled much better - despite having a larger ground footprint and a kerb weight 300# more! Same transaxle, but a better engine.
As long as you keep the oil topped up, you'll be fine. Try to not let it get more than a quart low if you can avoid it - if you have to add oil more frequently than one quart every seven days' service, find and repair the leak.
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