Join Date: Apr 2012
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Oil burning/disappearing after engine rebuild
I am in a bit of a pickle. About 1 year ago I rebuilt the engine in my 98 OBW - from the head gaskets up. Visually - everything looked healthy in the bottom end.
The head's where decked, new gaskets, and LITERALLY all oil seals were replaced...
That brings me to the issue. Oil is literally disappearing... the exterior of the engine is bone dry - no oil slick under the car. This leads be to believe that it's burning it, but exhaust doesn't seem to be thick plumes of smoke/etc... However it has developed a tick at random RPM's, depending on the level of oil of course.
I run 10w40 in it, just so it doesn't consume oil so quickly - but the oil light comes on at least once a week, and buying the jugs of oil to carry around is getting old.
Basically - I am looking for opinions/advice. What should I do? Rebuild? Again? New engine? Sell the car as-is and move on?
Other points, perhaps to sway you. The center diff was loose when I purchased the car. I know that is an widely seen issue with these. I spun either side of the carrier in little by little until there was no slack, I don't really think there was another option, besides rebuild/replace... Which was out of my budget at the time.
So, We have a car that looses oil, ticks, and has a transmission that could potentially go at any time.
I appreciate your opinions and time. Thank you!