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Something fishy about my 2019 Avalon.

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Was on a lobster quest trip to Maine in my 2019 Toyota Avalon with about 3800 miles, when the check engine oil message appeared on my dash. Was a bit shocked and after parking on the level (i'd been climbing a steep grade when it appeared) I checked the dip stick and sure enough I was a quart low . Bought a quart of the recommended 0-20W weight oil and back to full. Had never heard of such low viscosity oil, but did as I was told.  . Better mileage? better lubrication at low temps?  Wonder why a new car uses oil.? Any thoughts? 

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At least you still have a dipstick, many new cars don't have them. I can almost understand why, its because the next generation doesn't even know what they are.

 

I have a new Subaru, it uses a quart between oil changes but it has the boxer engine which runs hot and is known to use earl.

 

Keep an eye on that though, that's an expensive car with a good motor, it shouldn't be using a drop of earl between changes.

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Possible that car left dealership when new without a full fill of oil. Common for them to come in to dealer and fluids are not at max level. That's the job of predelivery inspection tech,part of that delivery prep fee you pay when buying car. Did you by chance happen to check oil level previously or was  when check light came on 1st time you checked?

 0W-20 synthetic oil has become commonplace in modern cars. Engines are machined to much tighter tolerances than was the case 30-40 years ago,lighter viscosity oil is all that's needed,takes less hp to push thinner oil thru engine,=more mpgs.

Some engines when new,will consume more oil than when fully broken in,though modern cars engine's are usually broken in by @2k miles.

Wouldn't hurt to put eyes on top/bottom of engine,oil filter,oilpan drainplug to be sure nothing loose /leaking.

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20 mins ago, dieselgrady said:

Was on a lobster quest trip to Maine in my 2019 Toyota Avalon with about 3800 miles, when the check engine oil message appeared on my dash. Was a bit shocked and after parking on the level (i'd been climbing a steep grade when it appeared) I checked the dip stick and sure enough I was a quart low . Bought a quart of the recommended 0-20W weight oil and back to full. Had never heard of such low viscosity oil, but did as I was told.  . Better mileage? better lubrication at low temps?  Wonder why a new car uses oil.? Any thoughts? 

Call the service department where you bought it and ask why it burned a qt of oil in 3900 miles. If they say it's common and because of break in.  check the oil next time you fill up, and the next. If it's still burning oil after 5K miles, it's a problem. Bring it back to the dealership and complain. That's not normal. 

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Modelcitizen you got my number! I rarely pay attention to the same things in my new and say my 65 chevy. Never really thought it necessary. W ont happen again. It might well have been down a quart when I left Rockaway. And RockRonin the first thing I did when I returned was contact Toyota and ask if it was normal for a new car to use oil. My service will be in a few months and i'll take it from there. And oh yeah, i'm looking for the "wet spot" on my driveway. Thank-you for the come back.

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18 hours ago, dieselgrady said:

Was on a lobster quest trip to Maine in my 2019 Toyota Avalon with about 3800 miles, when the check engine oil message appeared on my dash. Was a bit shocked and after parking on the level (i'd been climbing a steep grade when it appeared) I checked the dip stick and sure enough I was a quart low . Bought a quart of the recommended 0-20W weight oil and back to full. Had never heard of such low viscosity oil, but did as I was told.  . Better mileage? better lubrication at low temps?  Wonder why a new car uses oil.? Any thoughts? 

modern engines burn oil.

if you don't believe that go do some research,I did myself.

I found that they do due to a few factors.

my 30 year old 351 has 336k[never abused] on it and it burns almost none,still solid and runs strong as well.

as for the viscosity,that plays a part in it too but,it also helps with mileage and start up flow.

have your baby checked out.

HH 

Edited by Heavy Hooksetter

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