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Old 11-27-2009, 12:22 PM
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Burning Oil

I've noticed that my 2002 7.3L is buning about a quart of oil at 2500 miles after an oil change. Is this typical or do I need to check into this further? Thanks for any help you can thow my way.
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:38 PM
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I am pretty sure that is typical. my haynes manual which focuses on the 7.3 powerstroke says that 1 quart in 700 miles or less means that something is wrong. I just got a 7.3 a couple months ago and the idea of burning oil to me was hard to get used coming from gassers my whole life to but i guess its just part of the fun of owning a diesel.
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:11 AM
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mine doesnt burn any
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:29 AM
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That's not to bad, but just to be sure it's just a little burning oil and not leaking clean the engine. Wash off the oil residue, take off the intake to the turbo to inspect the turbo. Just to be sure there is no unnecessary reason your losing oil.
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Since you are coming from the gasser world, let me make this comparison....

I usually burn about two quarts every 5000 miles in both of my 95 and 99 powerstrokes.

Considering how much oil these 444 ci motors take.....losing two quarts every 5000 miles would be the same as losing about a half a quart every 3000 miles in a gasser that takes six quarts of oil. Any gasser that I ever had would lose at least that much.

You also have to consider how these IH T444E motors use oil compared to a gasser. A gasser uses oil to lube the crankcase and heads. Powerstrokes use oil for that as well but they also use oil for the turbo shaft and all the injectors.

I would not worry too much at all about losing that much oil.
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I agree look real good for leaks, with a HPO system there are lots of places for oil to leak from!! But diesels will burn some oil, Ford considers anything less than 1 quart every thousand miles perfectly normal, I think that is a bit much. Start with a good engine cleaning, and drive the truck and get it up to temp and crawl up there with a mirror on a stick and a flashlight!!

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I never used any in mine. I only leaked some when my CAC tube was cracked. Double check for leaks.
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:37 PM
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Thanks guys for the input. I feel better that it's probably not a big deal. I'll keep watching it.
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