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Old January 26th, 2010, 02:14 AM   #1
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My 1994 2wd 1500 with a 318 is mysteriously getting rid of its oil. It only leaks around the valve covers and it doesn't burn it. I am seriously about a quart and a half low when I change the oil sometimes more. I only use synthetic in it and I am the second owner of the truck. My grandpa was the first owner and I KNOW he kept up on it.

Any ideas about where this oil is going?
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Old January 26th, 2010, 05:16 AM   #2
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The 318's are known to have a intake manifold lower pan leak that can burn up to a quart evert 1000 miles and not smoke.
1.5 quart per oil change is not really worth fixing, just check your oil once a month.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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Okay, it isn't getting any worse but i really wanted to know where the hell it was going. Thanks a lot!
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Pull the air intake off the throttle body. Look down through the air intake. If it is wet/oily, you have a leak. There is a seriously thin metal plenum with a gasket on the bottom of the intake manifold that is notorius for failing. There are several aftermarket replacement plenums made from slightly thicker metal that won't warp and allow that gasket to blow out.
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