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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Oil Consumption Question

Hey guys I know oil consumption questions have been asked a lot here but I have an issue which I can't find the answer to.

In December I did my own oil change for the first time and I was a quart low because I had purchased a 6 quart box but also like an idiot I hadn't tightened the oil filter housing tight enough so I lost a little more there so my dipstick showed a little over the first line (like a quarter way to the next line).

Now, about 5 months and 3000 miles later my oil light is constantly on so I need more oil but I don't have a leak so I want to know if having too little oil will cause it to burn this quick or I might possibly have another issue.

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Add oil like NOW! !!! I always put 6.5 to 6.8 quarts every oil change,that's why I've read on the forums and it fills it to the top, but every car is different, my old e46 328 with 220k miles didint leak oil at all and after 5k miles on the oil it was exactly at the same spot as when I did my oil change, but my e46 330i with 160k miles has a valvle cover gasket leak, it's a pretty bad one and it burns oil too, I would say about a quart every 2k miles, so with that said check your valvle cover gasket it might be leaking from the back of the engine, and it never gets to the floor because it lands on the exhaust and burns.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:12 PM   #3
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ok will do, could I see the back of the valve cover gasket (the area you mentioned) with the hood open or do I need to take something apart?
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