Why Is My Car Burning Oil?

 

 


Engine oil plays a vital role in the health of your vehicle. It helps keep the working parts lubricated to reduce friction and helps filter out dust and dirt particles that can lead to engine damage. Sometimes, though, your car’s engine oil can’t perform these tasks, so your car may be burning oil.

As a resource to drivers around Danvers, Peabody, and Salem, MA, we at Ira Toyota of Danvers have created this quick reference guide. So, you may be asking, “Why is my car burning oil?” Keep reading and contact us with any questions.


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How Do I Know My Car Is Burning Oil?

A frequent indicator that your car is burning oil is that your engine oil light frequently appears on your dashboard. You may also notice a steady decline when getting under the hood to check your engine oil level with the dipstick.

This includes removing the dipstick from your cooled engine, wiping it with a clean cloth, then reinserting. Once you remove the dipstick again, check to see if your vehicle’s engine oil is too low.

A steady drop in oil level without any noticeable leaks may let you know your car is burning oil.


Why Is My Car Burning Oil?

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Burning oil is often the result of worn-out parts. For example, worn valve seals and/or piston rings could lead to your car burning oil. Both valve seals and piston rings work to keep engine oil out of the combustion chamber.

The combustion chamber is where fuel is combined with air and ignited by a spark to start your vehicle. With worn parts, engine oil can leak into this mixture, which leads to an internal burning of oil.

Burning Oil Outside of the Engine

It’s possible that your car may be burning oil outside of the engine. This is because your car’s engine oil is escaping and landing on a hot surface. A telltale sign of external oil burning is that you can smell burning oil.

Reasons engine oil may be escaping and causing this issue include:

  • Improperly attached oil filter
  • Damaged oil pan
  • Loose, missing, or worn out filler cap
  • Damage to valve cover gasket

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What to Do if Your Car Is Burning Oil

If your car is burning oil, don’t hesitate to bring your car to a mechanic. Using their skills and expertise, they can quickly diagnose whether the oil is burning because of an internal or external leak, then take the necessary steps to resolve this issue.


Schedule Service at Ira Toyota of Danvers

At Ira Toyota of Danvers, we have a team of skilled technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to quickly diagnose and treat oil-burning trouble. Plus, we also offer flexible service hours. This way, you can schedule your appointment before or after work, on Saturday, or at any time throughout the day.

With the help of our technicians, you’ll be back to cruising around Danvers, Peabody, and Salem, Massachusetts, in no time at all. Don’t wait any longer. Contact us today to schedule your service appointment!


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I’ve always had a great experience with their service department; except for the last time. Work was done complete only my Highlander was returned filthy. Now this has never happened before and when I brought it up I was brushed off. I’ll take it that they can’t alway hire great employees. I will go back but I’ll be sure to make sure not to work with that employee l. Not going to give a name as he may of just had a bad day.

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Alex Pendleton was very helpful. He gave timely updates and helped assure timely repair of my car.

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My experience was working with a professional staff member who listened to my requests and work was completed in a timely manner.

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Courtesy and polite. The Agent (Rck) was well diligent to explain maintenance details. He reported progress status several times.

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Fast, reliable, efficient, friendly. Even washed my car during the oil change service (I was not asking about it)

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Excellent service and transportation to and from. Thorough inspection of car, estimate of repairs provided with prices and listed by most important. Matt is incredibly honest and helpful!

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Bought 3 vehicles here, have another I purchased elsewhere because they did not have the vehicle - excellent dealer and service here. - highly recommendrd they are very fair. I have owned 7 Toyotas and 5 of them have been serviced here.

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All the people that I have dealt with in sales and service have been courteous, professional, and good at their jobs

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Top marks all around sales and service. See Jon Arena and Jen Pineo for sales and finance!

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I felt like the sales person who helped me find the car I was after was super friendly and dedicated. The whole process took quite a while but she helped me through it and even fed me! I only wish the interest rates weren’t so high at the time of me having to finance a car.

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Efficient friendly service knowledgeable staff would use again and recommend this dealership to my family and friends

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Sales department is good . Service department so far has done service in a timely manner.

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DealerRater Feb 8, 2024

Very polite crew. Unlike a lot of companies, the employees at Ira Toyota will step aside for a customer to pass by. I noticed that multiple times, and it's much appreciated. Thank you.

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DealerRater Feb 7, 2024

The service department is nothing short of fantastic! The service advisors are excellent with customer service and keeping me informed. Thank you, as always!

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DealerRater Feb 6, 2024

Quick professional service thorough explanation of service to be provided explained why no oil change was done at time of this inspection

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DealerRater Feb 6, 2024

Highly recommended. Great customer service. I have been using them for ten years now and I have had no issues whatsoever.

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DealerRater Feb 6, 2024

Another Excellent purchase from Aiman Varoqua. Bought a 2024 Toyota Tundra SR5 TRD SPORT. Aiman could not have been any more helpful in this transition. I will be back for service Steve Mahan is more then helpful every time were in for anything. Thank you IRA Toyota of Danvers. Sincerely, Matt Shaughnessy

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DealerRater Feb 6, 2024

Great work as always. I really appreciate the video feedback before committing to the work. That was awesome. Thank you, David.

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Always great service and very efficient! They completely inform you of progress/assessment every step of the way!

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Angel is great, super helpful and very nice. I have had him the last few times I had to come in for my service appointment

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Excellent service and very professional. Service by Vadeem was fantastic. We will always stay with Ira Toyota

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Wonderful & Conscientious Service Advisor. Excellent Customer Service. Very Thorough Service Department. Puts Customer Safety & Needs FIRST!

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I would never go to anyplace else. I buy my cars at Ira so I service my cars there. Everyone is so helpful and they explain everything so I understand what I need.

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This is the second used car I have purchased from Ira.I got well over 200,000 miles from the last one.Everyone I dealt with was polite,professional,and friendly.

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Customer Service Very good, Nate very pleasurable to work with, very helpful does what’s best for customer. The way it should be!!!

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It’s always been a great experience at Danvers Toyota. William was very helpful, informative and polite. It’s a “nice touch “ to have someone greet you on arrival to let one know someone will be coming shortly.

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Thought John Arena was a great salesman no pressure informative knowledgeable dealership was very clean and comfortable

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Called Ira Toyota of Danvers service department because my right rear tire kept losing air. I was able to book an appointment and get my tire fixed in a little over one hour. It’s tough to get same day service these days. Thank you to the whole crew for the prompt service! Jim

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Excellent service with a very comfortable wait room and an excellent coffee machine! I was greeted by Linda Fair and will ask for her next time just to say hello!

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Service us excellent and the techs are great. Very accommodating in their communication and support

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Aiman was kind and super helpful. The purchase went smooth. A great dealership. Highly recommend!

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Purchased a used 2016 Silverado. The vehicle looked good online, so I chose to take a look at even though I live about 2.5 hours away. The vehicle was exactly as described/pictured online. Very, very happy with the truck. Jack & Akeem were great to work with & followed through on everything everything they said. Thanks!

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I chose this dealership because a friend recommended it and I’ve heard from other people to use them. It seems like a trustworthy dealership and they had the truck I wanted. The salesman was great and made the experience easy and not stressful. They should give Clint a raise!

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It took little longer than expected but after watching the video I felt it was worthes

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Fair pricing and excellent service. Everything was very transparent and easy to understand. Great salesperson. Thanks for the new truck.

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Willis, my contact person was wonderful The lyft service home is a great addition Thank You

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5 star. Great service. They went out of their way to get me quick a ride home after dropping off my vehicle

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We had a very pleasant car buying experience thanks to Rich Swanson, our sales representative at Ira Toyota, Danvers.

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I have always been pleased with the service & Ira Danvers - thst is why I have returned. Despite having to travel 14 miles to get here. Always satisfied.

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The communication was very good. I like the photos of the problem. It was very clear

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DealerRater Jan 27, 2024

I have always been treated with courtesy and respect if I have any questions they’re already answered for me. The service appointment was positive. Dave was very helpful. Why one concern is how long it takes if you have a check up and have your sticker changed so the next time my car needs the sticker I will not go to a Ira. It just takes too long.

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DealerRater Jan 27, 2024

We have been having our 2015 Toyota’s serviced at IRA Toyota of Danvers because of the knowledge and professionalism we receive when working with Denise Breen. She is always kind, caring, understanding and very personable to work with while discussing the service requirements of our cars. It may not always be what we want to hear, however we can trust that what Denise Breen is telling us is fact, and always what is best for us. She is the reason we continue bringing both of our vehicles to IRA for service. Thank you, Bruce M.

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Service team is always prompt and helpful. Explains along the way everything to be done

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Great customer service from Sales rep Jason Dick since day one. Answered all my questions before and after getting the vehicle. He looked options based on our budget.

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DealerRater Jan 26, 2024

Very professional service. Service person got me back on road in a extremely fast turnaround. Super pleased with the work. Great job.

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DealerRater Jan 26, 2024

Good service and professional service advisor, however 2 hrs wait for an appointment service of minor works is long

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Wonderful dealership..second car purchased from them…my sales person was John Arena and he couldn’t be more helpful…a joy to work with him

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Very friendly service with feee coffee and WiFi. Very comfortable waiting area as well. There is confidence knowing rest Toyota replacement parts are being installed as well.

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The service was great and on time. The people are friendly and helpful to work with every time I go there.

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DealerRater Jan 24, 2024

I recently took my car in for service at IRA Toyota. My service representative, Rick Harper helped make my time spent at the dealership very pleasant. As he checked me in, he explained what would be done and how long it should take. He mentioned that he would let me know of any other concerns they found. Everything was completed as he described. Looking forward to working with him yhe future.

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DealerRater Jan 24, 2024

Curran Paolucci as my service advisor made all the difference he was spot on couldn't be more pleased with his advice

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DealerRater Jan 23, 2024

Edwin was terrific and the entire staff from the moment I drove in until my vehicle was finished was wonderful.

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DealerRater Jan 23, 2024

From the moment of inquiring online to the point of entering the dealership, I was immediately at ease with my purchase. IRA Toyota of Danvers not at one time made me feel as if I was actually buying a vehicle. My contact; Mr. Jason Dick was absolutely amazing. He kept me at ease thru the entire process, especially knowing the vehicle I wanted to purchase was my dream car and how much effort and work I put into getting this accomplished before hitting their site/storefront. Mr. Dick made every step effortless and painless, he kept conversation going and not ...

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DealerRater Jan 23, 2024

I have looking for a new dealer for service after getting ripped off at Acton Toyota so i had them change out my battery as a test. As soon as i get home i look at the work and they left the clamp that holds the battery in completely loose. Not a catastrophe but sloppy

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DealerRater Jan 21, 2024

Wonderful experience at IRA TOYOTA Danvers Service. My Service Advisor Curran was great, extremely professional and courteous.

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DealerRater Jan 20, 2024

Have always been warmly welcomed and treated respectfully. Your tech reps always stay in touch too when I leave my car.

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DealerRater Jan 20, 2024

Adien was awesome I recommend him as a service advisor. i will use him again

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DealerRater Jan 20, 2024

Great dealership. Staff is polite, helpful and professional. Currently have 2 cars from IRA and have been a customer for many years. The service area is awesome. I have never had an issue with their work and costs. My cars run like new.

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DealerRater Jan 20, 2024

Angel did a great job getting all my service work completed on my schedule. Recommended

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DealerRater Jan 19, 2024

Edwin was very helpful. Services is very good took care of me very well I was pleased.

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DealerRater Jan 19, 2024

Great work will recommend to family and friends and will definitely be back for future services

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DealerRater Jan 19, 2024

I really appreciated Joel going above and beyond with our purchase! He was kind and helpful and very responsive without being pushy

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DealerRater Jan 19, 2024

Making an appointment online was quick and easy. I was 30 minutes late to my appointment and everyone greeted me with smiles. I was finally getting work done that was deemed urgent 4 months prior. My car was making a horrible noise as it entered the bay doors. Steve, my service provider made me feel welcome and gave accurate time and money estimates. Instead of car shaming me for being neglectful with car maintenance, Steve assured me I was getting it done and the car was in pretty good shape! Also the Lyft rides to and from are an amazing perk. I ...

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DealerRater Jan 19, 2024

La persona que me atendió fue excelente 👌 y me brindó la información correcta muy amable me brindó un buen servicio

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DealerRater Jan 16, 2024

Great customer service. Seanna Walsh-Quill was extremely helpful and friendly. She was fantastic to deal with

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DealerRater Jan 15, 2024

Pleasant and capable people. Smiling and willing to listen. Work done in timely fashion when promised

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DealerRater Jan 14, 2024

Overall a great dealership however the last time I went for services they did not vacuum or wash the car

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DealerRater Jan 14, 2024

The rep was polite courteous and thorough in over an hour my car was serviced and inspected.

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DealerRater Jan 13, 2024

This is a great dealership. I bought my last two car there and have service done on my car here. Today i went in to buy another Toyota Camry Se but today there was no sale. The dealership indicated that they will call me on Monday with an update. I hope I can continue my relationship with Danvers Toyota

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DealerRater Jan 13, 2024

Dealership was great no complaints I had a good experience. The person that serviced me was great very pleasant. Thank you.

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DealerRater Jan 13, 2024

Rick Harper is OUTSTANDING!!! He always goes far & beyond what is expected…he is knowledgeable & thoughtful & gives GREAT ADVICE regarding the needs of my vechile…he is also a very nice person is Appreciated too!!

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DealerRater Jan 11, 2024

I felt like I knew what was being taken care of throughout the repair process.

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DealerRater Jan 11, 2024

Great customer service by Matthew! He the best! Most recommend at the Toyota of Danvers!

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