Join Date: Oct 2014
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I have been watching the "Oil Loss" threads since 2014. Here is my conclusion.
People that check their oil regularly from new, maybe have to add a couple quarts before their second oil change. These people seem to have no problems after break-in and lead a happy life with their Renegade.
People that don't check their oil and let it burn off 3, maybe 4 quarts, have damaged the engine and therefore it will always have problems.
Checking your oil is a responsibility of owning a car. CHECK YOUR 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 8000 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.
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