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Ford Ranger XLT Using Oil

Q. I have a 1993 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0 liter V-6 5-speed. Since I bought the truck about one year ago, I have been going through oil. Sometimes a quart every two weeks. Recently I put a thicker oil in my truck and I did not have to add oil for about 1000 miles. I had the truck in my garage and I revved up my truck a couple times.

Ford Ranger XLT Using Oil

Then walked to the back and noticed that little droplets of oil had shot out of the exhaust and onto the ground. This is the only reason I can think of where the oil is going because I do not burn any ( no blue smoke), and there are no external leaks. Can you help me and tell me what causes oil leaking from the exhaust pipe and what I can do to fix it??

Thank you!

A. A quart every two weeks is very subjective. To my Grandmother who drives 200 miles a year burns a quart every two weeks is a major problem. Or to someone like me who drives 1,000 or 1,500 miles a week on the highway it would be less of a problem.

There are only two ways oil leaves an engine, it leaks out or is burned. So if you aren't leaving oil slicks all over the place and you don't see any oil leaks on the engine, that leaves burning it. Now, a lot of high speed highway driving will burn oil in an older truck and you won't notice the smoke. But as the truck gets more and more milage and more wear on the engine, it will become more noticeable.

Pull the spark plugs out and compare them to my chart. They will tell you if you're burning it or not.

Oh, by the way, if you stick your finger in the spots that shot out, I think you'll find it is just water with black soot mixed in.

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