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Old 03-30-2013, 01:04 PM
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My car is like 8 years old and leaks oil sometimes i got an oil change about a month ago he didn't say anything and i got a car inspection about 2 weeks ago and didn't say anything i also remember about a year ago my car leaking oil from time to time how do some cars leak oil and still run greatly?
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:46 PM
Location: Dallas, TX
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You are confident it leaks and doesn't burn oil?

To answer your question, no, not all old cars leak oil, but on an older cars, it's not always worth the cost to fix it. That being said, I tend not to like my cars leaking oul, so I would locate the leak if nothing else and find out where it is.

Bruning oil is pretty normal though and not necessarily an issue, depending on how much and how often.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:00 PM
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Yeah was just wondering if other people had oil leaks for years too?
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:11 PM
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Older cars are more likely to leak oil, as the rubber gaskets start to decay. Basically, anywhere your engine can come apart, there's going to be a rubber gasket there. If you keep up with the maintenance, and replace the gaskets, there's less of a chance of a car leaking oil.

One of my cars is 21 years old, and doesn't leak a drop. I just did the valve cover gasket (which was starting to seep oil), and the oil pan drain plug O-ring a few weeks ago.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:57 PM
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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My Jeep is just marking it's territory.

When it doesn't leak, then I worry.
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:27 PM
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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I had a 69 Triumph Bonneville that didn't leak. Everyone would ask what's wrong with it.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:00 PM
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I have a '98 Acura with 278,000 miles that started leaking oil in the fall...not much, maybe 1/2 a quart a month. The guys at my repair shop said it was to be expected with the age/mileage on my car and not to worry about it, just make sure to check the oil and make sure I'm not running it low.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:07 PM
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I had one car that if it stopped leaking it was time to put more oil in. This was a long time ago.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:12 PM
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My wife's Rx 300 is made in 98 and has NO leaks. Answer is - no. And I do not even consider 8 yo vehicle OLD.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:19 PM
Location: St. Ann, MO
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As stated, it's not uncommon for older cars to leak oil. It normally happens as the gaskets or seals break down, and allow a little seeping. Oil consumption is also common in both new engines, and high mileage engines.

As to why an engine can leak oil and still run great, you have to separate the idea that an engine that leaks oil will have any major malfunctions. A bit of oil can come out of a location on the engine that will have zero effect on how an engine runs, specifically leaks around the oil pan, drain plug, or rear main seal will have zero impact on how the vehicle performs. We have an 06' Volkswagen with about 115,000 miles on it, that leaks a little oil from the rear main seal. Considering there's no easy way to fix the problem without dropping the transmission, I simply decided that it wasn't worth fixing. If the leak becomes excessive, and I find myself adding oil on a more regular basis, it might be time to address the leak...until then, it can mark the cardboard I put down in the garage.
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