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Here is a write-up I wrote for another forum:
Checking your oil is a responsibility of owning a car. CHECK YOUR OIL!
I checked during a warm read after a drive. I was told by a mechanic it is alright if there is oil and if its below as long as it reads its ok. Furthermore it may be below the hash at around oil change timeSo my engines basically screwed then as it was really low one time (basically tip, warm read in winter) and the second time it was slightly below before i topped off. Ive never had a car that really needed a top off and im surprised this vehicle needs this much. Curious am i burning oil?
Early on in the vehicle's life an owner's oil gets low, but isn't checked or added to, and allowed to keep getting dangerously low. Sometimes to the point of the engine shutting down.
My theory is that after the oil is a quart low, it gets hotter and hotter with every pint below a quart low, causing the oil to start burning off quickly, while also causing engine damage.
With that being said, I've been unofficially been paying attention to the oil usage complaint of others for some time. I've found that in almost every case, people state that the oil is almost "empty" when they check it. Engine damage has already occurred by then, and of course it will be an oil burner moving forward. At this point many owners have their engine replaced.
I found mine to finally get to a quart low at 3000 miles, and added a quart immediately. Now at 6800 miles, it has not burned a drop since. In the very few cases that others have done the same seem to have the same results as myself.
Now I'm not "blaming the victim", but this is what I have seen here and on other Jeep forums that I have belonged to for years, and certainly before the first Renegade was sold in 2014 for 2015 M.Y.
That begs the question that if many of us have just payed close attention to the oil level since day one, would many of these oil loss problems just not exist today? Would many engines not have to be replaced either? I personally think not.
I have owned about 68 new and used vehicles, including 11 Jeeps. I have driven these vehicles a total of an estimated 5 million miles, and have checked my oil regularly and NEVER have had an oil related failure.
I worked for Chrysler, and a couple other manufacturers in parts and service, for years, and weather people agree or not is up to you, but this is my professional opinion until I see otherwise.
So, CHECK YOUR OIL REGULARLY from day one!
Oh, and I no longer have any ties to Chrysler whatsoever.
Now, keep in mind that there are many customers experiencing oil loss from just about every manufacturer. The oil that manufacturers are being forced to use is very very thin "0-weight", the thinnest oil you can get. Just Google "(Any Car Manufacturer) Oil Loss" and you'll find thousands and thousands of issues.
So, to answer your question, YOU need to check the oil. The Jeep has no nannie to tell you to check it until it's too late. Your mechanic is wrong, wrong as wrong can be. If the oil makes it's way to the add mark, you must add oil then. It is NOT OK just because it's on the stick. That's why there are hash marks. In addition, if you already let your oil get dangerously low, yes, you probably did do some damage that will shorten the overall life of the engine.
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