Motor Oil Burning? One Possible Issue You Can Fix


You expect your vehicle to function as it should, but the truth is that there are a lot of things that could go wrong. One thing that could happen is you might notice your motor oil burning. This could be scary, especially when you don't know what it means. The following guide will show what might be going on and one possible solution.

What Is Causing Your Oil To Burn

There could be many reasons why your oil is burning, from improper oil consumption to clogs that redirect oil where it should not go.The following are just a few more reasons why you may be experiencing this problem:

  • Bad valve guides or seals
  • An overworked oil pan
  • Bad piston rings
  • An oil leak
  • Faulty PCV valve

You can talk to your auto care specialist about some of the aforementioned possibilities. Most need a specialized eye, except for a faulty PCV valve, which you can take care of on your own.

Symptoms of A Bad PCV Valve

The PCV valve helps control the amount of oil in your engine and helps eliminate any excess gasoline as well. You can confirm your suspicions that the PCV valve is the culprit with the following related symptoms and your mechanic:

  • Your engine emits a blue-hue smoke 
  • You notice that your air filter is contaminated with oil deposits
  • There could be oil leaks due to the pressure caused by a bad PCV valve
  • Your vehicle might stall if the PCV fails
  • The vehicle might perform poorly due to improper combustion
  • You might smell gasoline coming from your exhaust pipe
  • Idling might become erratic

How To Fix The PCV Valve

You will need the following:

  • Owner's manual
  • Protective gear like gloves or goggles
  • Replacement PCV valve
  • Clean rag

Follow the steps below to replace your PCV valve:

  1. Park your vehicle in a leveled location where it will be comfortable to work on.
  2. Let your vehicle cool if you were driving it before you start.
  3. Wear protective gear, and disconnect the red or negative cable from your battery.
  4. Use your owner's manual to locate the PCV valve. It is usually located by the valve cover in the back, mid-section from under the hood.
  5. Disconnect the hose connected to the valve.
  6. Dislodge the clamp holding the valve in place if there is one or simply pull out the valve. You might need to jiggle it a little bit.
  7. Clean the area with your rag.
  8. Replace it with your new PCV valve, and reconnect the hose.
  9. Reconnect your battery, and you are done.

For more information, contact Parts Chain or a similar company.

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