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JeepCares 06-27-2012 09:53 AM

Service Bulletin 09-001-12 Engine Oil Consumption Guideline 2012-2013
For information only – ignore if not interested.

Service Bulletin NUMBER: 09-001-12
GROUP: Engine
DATE: June 27, 2012
SUBJECT: Engine Oil Consumption Guideline

2012 - 2013 (JK) Wrangler
2012 - 2013 (J3) Wrangler (CKD)
2012 (K1) Cherokee (CKD)
2012 (KK) Liberty
2012 - 2013 (MK) Compass/Patriot
2012 - 2013 (W2) Grand Cherokee (CKD)
2012 - 2013 (WK) Grand Cherokee

NOTE: This bulletin applies to all Chrysler Group LLC vehicles equipped with
gasoline engines, except SRT and Viper models or vehicles equipped with
Diesel engines.

Oil Consumption
The accepted rate of oil consumption for engines used in the vehicles listed above is 0.946 liter (1 qt.) in 3,200 km (2,000 mi) for the 1st 80,467 km (50,000 mi). For vehicles with more then 80,467 km (50,000 mi) the acceptable oil consumption for engines is 0.946 liter (1 qt.) in 1,207 km (750 mi).
CAUTION: This above rate only applies to personal use vehicles, under warranty, that are driven in a non-aggressive manner and maintained in accordance with the appropriate maintenance schedule,
CAUTION: This rate does not apply to vehicles that are driven in an aggressive manner, at high RPM, high speeds, or in a loaded condition (for trucks).
See ‘Causes for Oil Consumption’ below. Oil consumption for vehicles driven under these conditions will be higher and may include Fleet and Commercial customers.
There are many factors that can affect a Owner's concern with oil consumption. Driving habits and vehicle maintenance vary from owner to owner. Inspect each condition listed below prior to determining if the vehicle in question has abnormal engine oil consumption.
If abnormal oil consumption is suspected, refer to the detailed diagnostic procedures available in DealerCONNECT> TechCONNECT under: Service Info> 09 - Engine> Diagnosis and Testing - Oil Consumption Test And Diagnosis.

Diagnosis of Oil Consumption:
Gasket and External Leaks
Thoroughly inspect the oil pan and engine intake manifold for leakage due to over tightened, damaged, or out of place gaskets.
Oil Leaks
Inspect all oil lines and fittings for signs of leakage. Verify Oil filter is at proper torque and Oil Filter gasket is not out of place.
Improper Reading of the Oil Level Indicator on Dipstick
Verify that the dipstick is fully seated in the tube. Verify the dipstick tube is fully seated in the engine block. When checking the oil level, make sure the vehicle is on a level surface and the dipstick is wiped clean before taking an oil level reading and fully depress the dipstick until the shoulder bottoms out on the dipstick tube.
NOTE: The dipstick must be the proper part number for the engine/vehicle that is being checked.
CAUTION: Operating the vehicle with an oil level that is below the minimum level indicated on the engine oil dipstick can result in severe engine damage.
Repairs resulting from operating an engine with insufficient oil are not covered under the terms of the New Vehicle Warranty.
Some engines require more time than others for the oil to drain back into the crankcase.
The vehicle should be allowed to sit for at least 15 minutes, after the engine has been shut off, before taking an oil level reading. To ensure an accurate reading, the temperature of the oil should be close to the same temperature as the last time the oil level was checked.
Under or Over Oil Fill after an Oil Change
After an oil change, verify that the proper amount of oil was put in the engine and that the oil level on the dipstick is not above the full mark or below the add marks. Refer to the Owner Manual or Service Information for information on recommended oil quantity.
Correct Oil Type
Verify the vehicle has the correct oil. Refer to the Owner Manual or Service Information for information on recommended oil viscosity, and quality.
Crankcase Ventilation System
Verify that the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system is operating properly. Blockages, restrictions, or damage to the PCV system can result in increased oil use.
Oil Dilution (Fuel and Water)
On vehicles that are normally driven short distances, less than 8 km (5 mi), especially in colder weather, unburned fuel and condensation generated from cold engine operation may not get hot enough to evaporate out of the oil. When this occurs, the dipstick may indicate that the oil level is over-full. Subsequent driving on a trip of sufficient length to enable normal engine operating temperature for 30 minutes or more, in order to vaporize excess moisture and fuel, may give the customer the impression of excessive oil consumption.

Causes for Oil Consumption:
Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving and/or continuous driving at high speeds with high RPM's will increase oil consumption. Because this may not always be an everyday occurrence, it is hard to determine exactly how much the oil economy will be affected. A higher rate of oil consumption is normal for vehicles equipped with manual transmissions that are driven aggressively. Aggressive means; operation at high RPM (3,000 RPM to redline), with frequent use of engine braking (using the engine to slow the vehicle). Vehicles that are driven aggressively may consume engine oil at a rate of up to 0.946 L (1 quart) every 805 km (500 mi). This is normal for a vehicle that is driven aggressively. No repair is necessary. This driving habit will require the owner to check the engine oil level at frequent intervals, to verified the oil level remains within the recommended operating range. Oil level should be checked every time you get fuel.
Towing or Heavy Usage
Towing a trailer will increase oil consumption and may cause oil consumption to fall below the normal accepted rate referenced in this bulletin for an unloaded vehicle in a personal use application. Large frontal area trailers will further increase the work required from the engine, especially at highway speeds increasing the rate of oil consumption.
Engine Wear
Piston scuffing, excessive piston-to-wall clearance, tapered or out of round cylinders, worn, damaged or improperly installed valve guides, seals and piston rings will cause an increase in oil consumption.
Engine Temperature
If an engine is run at overheated temperatures for more than brief periods, oil will oxidize at a faster than normal rate. In addition, gaskets may distort, piston rings may stick, and excessive wear may result. Verify that all cooling system components are in proper working order.

97HMCS 06-27-2012 11:27 AM

So if the Pentastar has a 6 gt. capacity and calls for oil change every 8K, we might be adding a few quarts between oil changes.

BMRisko 06-27-2012 12:08 PM

That seems a little high, no???

hububub 06-27-2012 12:52 PM

looks like they went to india for the engineering on their new engines and rings. A qt in 5,000 miles is EXCESSIVE in my book. I have NEVER before owned a vehicle that I needed to put ANY oil in between oil changes... and that goes back to the early 70's This is total CHRYSLER BULL *****! Crap quality and standards and using urine thin oil to make up for the cafe standards imposed by the obmanation administrations EPA! These motors should use 10W 30 at a minimum... but because of the MDS forced to use the 5/20

JeepCares 06-27-2012 02:21 PM

This is nothing new. It just happened to be published in a service bulletin. Somewhere along the line I made a commitment to the forum to provide information as I got it. That's what I'm dong.

It's for INFORMATION only. I can quit posting this type of stuff if you want.

I'd be interested to know what kind of consumption you guys are actually finding. Is anyone actually getting anywhere near those figures?

xjrguy 06-27-2012 02:43 PM


Originally Posted by JeepCares (Post 13784726)
This is nothing new. It just happened to be published in a service bulletin. Somewhere along the line I made a commitment to the forum to provide information as I got it. That's what I'm dong.

It's for INFORMATION only. I can quit posting this type of stuff if you want.

I'd be interested to know what kind of consumption you guys are actually finding. Is anyone actually getting anywhere near those figures?

I bought brand new 2012 Rubicon Unlimited and a 2012 JGC Overland Summit with the 5.7L and I don't have any oil consumption at all.

Both vehicles have around 6000 miles on them and I changed the oil on both around 500 miles for the Wrangler and 832 miles on the JGC with quality full synthetic oil.

No issues here.

Unrelated but since the 70's were mentioned.

I also own a 1973 Lincoln Continental Coupe with the original 460 (98,000 miles) and that doesn't burn oil at all. I would think any of the vehicles mentioned had engine problems if any of them were using/burning a quart of oil in the miles specified by the manufacturer note above.

hububub 06-27-2012 02:53 PM

Sorry, mine is a 5.7 and it uses about 1 qt per 3,000 so I add one, then when its down to the add line again I do the oil change. Just makes me mad that they say oil consumption is "NORMAL" as it is not and it can be controlled very easily.

MaineJeep11 06-27-2012 03:24 PM

My 2011 3.6 isn't really consuming anything at 5k oil change intervals. Those numbers posted originally seem high, I am surprised that would be the case, but thanks for posting the update anyway.

LS1_DOC 06-27-2012 04:19 PM

My 3.6 does not use any oil. However i have had many 4.7's and hemis that have come through our sealership that use one quart every 1000 miles or so. That tsb is definately out there for a reason.

RageOfFury 06-27-2012 04:37 PM

Thanks for the info JeepCares. Much appreciated. We should count ourselves lucky that someone from Jeep is here to help and provide us with valuable information.

penzly 06-27-2012 06:13 PM 50k it would be acceptable to burn 3/4 quart of oil per tankful of fuel? Im not gonna break out the calculator but wont that negate any fuel economy improvements of the new V6? thats just crazy talk there:rolleyes:

maureen58 06-27-2012 06:52 PM

Most of my vehicles over 35 plus years did not comsume any oil. However my 73 Dodge Charger with a 318 did go thru about a quart every 600 miles as it got older. I attribute that to lousy oil back then and poor maintenence. My 1987 Dodge van with a 318 consumed 1 quart in the first 2000 miles after a change, but it did the same at 218,000 miles when it went down the road sold, still running well. My 2008 Grand Cherokee with a 3.7 used a quart at about 5000 miles. Changes at 6000. I figure thats about 1 quart for every 10,000,000 engine revolutions. Not bad. Not every engine can be exactly perfect. My mechanic says some oil usage is probably good. My 2012 Grand Cherokee with a 3.6 does not seem to use any, but time will tell.

l8tapex 06-28-2012 07:25 AM

This may help even if not boosted.

Kev M 06-28-2012 02:42 PM

FWIW - 1 qt / about 3k miles is and has been an industry standard for decades.

MOST manufacturers will not warrant a motor for oil consumption unless it is past that point.

I've seen this with GM, BMW, Mini, Ford and a number of other manufacturers as well.

That said, they're not saying that they EXPECT every motor to do that.

BMRisko 06-28-2012 09:07 PM

My 2004 Tahoe w/ the 5.3L and 190,000 miles uses less than 1 qt over oil change intervals of ~6k miles.

My 5.7L WK2 used almost 2 qts over 6,000 miles and it only has 7200 miles on the odometer. I guess it seems high given the extremely low to non-existent consumption with my other vehicles. No one else things that 1 qt over 750 miles sounds incredibly high? With the recommended 8,000 mile oil change, that could be as much as 17 qts per oil change interval! :thumbdown:

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