99 Camry using oil on long trips (sometimes)

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Old 28 Jan 2006, 12:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 99 Camry using oil on long trips (sometimes)

This one has me puzzled and I need some help. My 99 4 cyl Camry
doesn't use any oil between oil changes every 3-4000 miles(I do it
myself) when its just local driving or 200 mile trips around the state.
But when we drive to the midwest -2 day trip - interstate all the way
- driving 65 to 70 mph steady -1200 miles one way - sometimes I use a
quart of oil and sometimes I dont use any. We've made at least 10
trips. I cannot see any oil leaks and the exhaust pipe is not black
with carbon buildup. I took it to the dealer when it was still under
warranty and they coudn't find anything wrong. Other than that I have
had no problems with it. Any ideas?

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Old 28 Jan 2006, 07:03 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Your generation of Camry has engine sludge problems. It starts with the
engine using oil, then the check oil light will come on and then engine
seizes.

If there are no other causes then keep an eye out for this. Keep you
receipts for oil changes. You are still under the 8 year exteneded
sludge warranty and you'll need the oil change receipts.

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Old 28 Jan 2006, 07:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
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That's not unusual -- the oil is in vapor state from the high heat and is
burn. Its not something a warranty would cover. I wouldn't worry about it.

<graybuckle@att.net> wrote in message
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> This one has me puzzled and I need some help. My 99 4 cyl Camry
> doesn't use any oil between oil changes every 3-4000 miles(I do it
> myself) when its just local driving or 200 mile trips around the state.
> But when we drive to the midwest -2 day trip - interstate all the way
> - driving 65 to 70 mph steady -1200 miles one way - sometimes I use a
> quart of oil and sometimes I dont use any. We've made at least 10
> trips. I cannot see any oil leaks and the exhaust pipe is not black
> with carbon buildup. I took it to the dealer when it was still under
> warranty and they coudn't find anything wrong. Other than that I have
> had no problems with it. Any ideas?
>



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Old 29 Jan 2006, 08:25 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 Camry using oil on long trips (sometimes)

This is not something I've observed, but have heard about.
With short trips, in cold weather, moisture settles in the oil actually
causing the level to rise.
On long trips this water evaporates out, lowering the level.

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Old 29 Jan 2006, 03:03 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On 29 Jan 2006 06:25:34 -0800, "Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com>
wrote:

>This is not something I've observed, but have heard about.
>With short trips, in cold weather, moisture settles in the oil actually
>causing the level to rise.
>On long trips this water evaporates out, lowering the level.
>

I had this happen several times during the winter with a '64
Volkswagen that I once owned.


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