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2004 Hyundai Accent Base 3dr HB Coupe Manual

2004 Hyundai Accent
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Front Wheel Drive, 3 Dr Hatchback Cpe, Subcompact
29 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
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August 3, 2012, 9:56 pm

Brad D

Question: My car seems to burn or use up oil, what should I do?

I have had to put oil in my car almost once every month since I have purchased it in March 2012. I thought it might be leaking oil, but there is no evidence of a leak on the road or underneath the engine. I would like to know why the oil is being used up and if it could be a result of a cracked or blown head gasket. There is also white smoke that comes out of the exhaust while driving (until I make it into about 3rd gear--that's whenever the exhaust is no longer visible). I do not know if these symptoms are related, but I would like to know if I need to have this fixed immediately and if the process will be very expensive. Thanks for your time!

August 8, 2012, 8:47 pm

Elizabeth K

If there is white smoke coming out the tailpipe after the vehicle is warmed up, then it is very likely that you have a blown head gasket. If you're going through oil but it's not leaking then you could be burning it--and that may be a separate issue from the blown head gasket. It could be blowing past the rings (meaning complete rebuild) or just leaking past the valve guides (which would require rebuilding the cylinder head).

A more definite diagnosis is necessary to get an estimate, but a reputable shop should be able to diagnose it without much problem. In either case, as long as the engine is kept topped off with coolant and oil, neither of these repairs are an emergency. That doesn't mean letting it go forever, but you do have some time to save up for the repairs.

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