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Old 07-27-2010, 07:23 AM   #1
Colin Hughes
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Oil Burning Question

We have a 2002 325xi with about 340,000 kms (213,000 miles) on it. For the past number of months it has been going through 3-4 litres of oil between 7000 kms oil changes. We had a check engine light and numerous codes. We started by replacing the pcv/oil separator (which was plugged). We still had oil issues and discovered another hose connected to the dipstick was plugged to so that was cleaned out. This did make the car run better but we are still using oil. The check engine light has come on again but it is a code for secondary air and we think it's the pump which will get replaced before our next Canadian winter. We run Enos 5w-40 synthetic oil and use 0-40 to top up between oil changes. We have no oil leaks on the garage floor and I don't see any blue smoke on star tup or while running.
Any suggestions on where to look next would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:59 AM   #2
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the only thing i can thing off is the valve cover gaskets. my car has 145k on it and it loses oil (not as much as yours of course) and when bmw of toronto diagnosed it they found out the valve cover gasket is leaking. get the part from autopartsway or whereever its cheap (about $40) and have a local shop change it (dont go the a dealer).

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