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Has the oil consumption issue been isolated to the 2.4L or does it also include the 3.0L? I do my own oil changes and have noticed that our 2011 3.0L has been using oil. I currently don't know exactly how much, but I'm keeping a closer eye on it.
 

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Has the oil consumption issue been isolated to the 2.4L or does it also include the 3.0L? I do my own oil changes and have noticed that our 2011 3.0L has been using oil. I currently don't know exactly how much, but I'm keeping a closer eye on it.
It has, pretty much, been isolated to the 2.4L There may be rare instances of it with the 3.0L, but very rare. But, still a good idea to monitor it. However, if it is an issue, it will be at your expense, I am almost positive the GM has not extended the warranty to the V6 engines. So, if I were you, and it is burning oil, I would probably just add oil when needed, and if it go too much, then I would consider unloading it. Oil consumption can lead to screwing up a cat convertor, and that can be spendy if your State has emission inspections.
 

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my 2010 3.6 uses oil.....
depends on the type of driving I do. highway vs stop and go.

But over the last 128,000 miles of my Traverse- its been up to 1.5 qts per 5000 mile oil change intervals.

My current 5000 mile oil change interval-- I've added 1.9 qts to keep the oil at my FULL level- 1st time Ive gone past 1.5.
Actually changing oil today- as I hit 5000 miles yesterday.

My true full oil level-- is the oil level shown on the vehicle after I change my oil and filter.
I also measure the oil that comes out.

I keep 2- 1 qt bottles that I use exclusively for adding oil during the oil change interval.... this way I can tell how much im using.
 

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Has the oil consumption issue been isolated to the 2.4L or does it also include the 3.0L? I do my own oil changes and have noticed that our 2011 3.0L has been using oil. I currently don't know exactly how much, but I'm keeping a closer eye on it.
I've got the 3.0L and haven't noticed any oil loss - although I'm sure at almost 112k miles now, s-o-m-e amount of oil is being consumed.

I just do what I've always done for 30 years now: give it the eye test every time I change the oil. The Nox takes 6 quarts, so it almost completely fills up my black oil pan to the rim. If it starts getting too easy for me to drag the pan out from underneath without spilling any oil, I'll know it's time to start paying closer attention.

But so far - even at 5,000 mile change intervals, I don't think it's a problem.
 

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If it starts getting too easy for me to drag the pan out from underneath without spilling any oil,
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made me chuckle--- thats what Im careful about when changing oil--- need to slide out the pan very carefully-- so it wont spill...
(I do place cardboard AND plastic paint sheet to keep oil off cement.
 

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made me chuckle--- thats what Im careful about when changing oil--- need to slide out the pan very carefully-- so it wont spill...
(I do place cardboard AND plastic paint sheet to keep oil off cement.

No matter how hard I try......I will always spill something when working on my vehicles.
 

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Unfortunately the car will not be fixed, after arguing the the problem was related to the oil consumption issue and them finally agreeing , gm told me that because the oil changes didn't get done at a certified gm dealership they would not honor the special warranty, even though I had all of my oil change receipts . So I traded it for a ford!
 

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Unfortunately the car will not be fixed, after arguing the the problem was related to the oil consumption issue and them finally agreeing , gm told me that because the oil changes didn't get done at a certified gm dealership they would not honor the special warranty, even though I had all of my oil change receipts . So I traded it for a ford!
Huh! Is this a first?? I thought the general consensus here was that as long as you could show documentation of your oil changes, you'd be OK.

Were these oil changes done at a reputable establishment, and do they show vehicle ID, dates, and odometer readings??
 
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Huh! Is this a first?? I thought the general consensus here was that as long as you could show documentation of your oil changes, you'd be OK.

Were these oil changes done at a reputable establishment, and do they show vehicle ID, dates, and odometer readings??

Huh. . .?

New poster, no history of previous data, people often *filter* specifics to present a good case. . .. etc.

Perhaps documented oil changes were a bit too ambiguous.

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The exact mileage I'm not sure about, but we change it when it(?) tells us to. At this point between oil changes I'm putting 2 to 3 quarts in the car.

"- Within the first few oil changes my wife noticed that a constant clattering noise was coming from the engine. . -"
Also, if I owned the vehicle and it was making "clattering noises", I would have come here then and searched out other resources to see what the noises were from. . . . regardless of what a dealer told me.

My 2 cents - - -Another case of. . waiting to *see* what happens until it gets worse and then too late.
 

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by law GM cannot tell you where to get your oil changed. As long as the correct interval, type of oil and filter is used, they have to honor warranties.
 

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Unfortunately the car will not be fixed, after arguing the the problem was related to the oil consumption issue and them finally agreeing , gm told me that because the oil changes didn't get done at a certified gm dealership they would not honor the special warranty, even though I had all of my oil change receipts . So I traded it for a ford!
It is not required that you have the oil changed at the GM dealership.


Why do I get the feeling I just got cranked....?
 

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I have a 2012 Equinox and have had the timing chain replaced when it started making a loud noise. This happened near the end of my oil consumption test, because my car was low on oil between 1 to 3 qts every 2000 miles. Dealer told me fixing the timing chain would solve the oil consumption problem (despite my arguing that my letter from GM says it's the piston rings). So at 2000 miles after my new timing chain was installed, it was low 3 qts of oil AGAIN. Dealer tells me I have to start the oil consumption test over again because the timing chain didn't fix the problem and it's GM policy to re-do the consumption test. I've been going back and forth with dealer for 9 months doing the oil consumption test and they tell me I have to start it over because the timing chain went out. Makes no sense but GM is backing up the dealership and won't agree to fix my car until I prove AGAIN several instances where my vehicle is low on oil at 2000 miles. Since I first took my car to the dealer in March, I've put another 15,000 miles on it and made a lot (maybe 8 or 9?) trips to my dealership documenting the oil consumption. So I guess they want me to log another 8,000 miles in order to prove again that it's using oil. GM does not want to fix all these cars. They're trying anything they can to get out of it, hoping people will do what you have done and trade the vehicle or give up in frustration. This will be my last GM vehicle, but I will make sure these jerks fix it before I trade it.
 

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This video will explain the connection between the oil consumption and timing chain, normally two unrelated parts. What I want to know is how GM thinks new piston rings will fix scratched cylinder walls. My guess is they know it won't but replacing damaged rings, 1/2 the problem with oil getting past pistons and may slow oil consumption. Funny when this car was new 2012 I was most angry that I had been lied about having a Mylink infotainment system, not knowing that it had been delayed and I got a look-alike colored touchscreen infotainment system. It's much cheaper to replace a radio than an engine to be sure.

 

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This video will explain the connection between the oil consumption and timing chain, normally two unrelated parts.
If that mechanic is right, and what he’s saying makes sense (plastic guides being ground down by metal chains), then *all* of these engines may fail the same way sooner or later. The key is probably just maintaining the proper oil level. If the oil is there, the plastic parts survive (at least for the practical life of the vehicle). If not, they don’t.

But - generally speaking, I think it's poor design to bury plastic parts inside an engine if these parts come into direct contact with moving *metal* parts! Metal vs. Plastic is an easy victory for metal every time.
 

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I have it at a dealership now and was told that it is either the timing chain or timing chain guide and it is not covered under the extended warranty recently issued by Chevrolet. I have been able to find information on the timing chain build on 2011 models built in March. Is there anything out there for 2012 models and does anyone know if there is a contact / phone number for GM that I can talk to about this issue. Any help / advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.[/QUOTE]

My 2012 Equinox is also getting a new timing chain. Apparently its very common and GM wont cover it. One mechanic said if I don't change it, my engine might be destroyed. overtime by it and its the cheapest fix to try to help save my car and not deal with GM who has been horrible. I have a case number open and they never call or follow up. I've been frustrated with them also not covering another issue that some 2012 models have extended coverage for. First, I had a similar code, and they had to replace solenoids. Second, my rear main seal exploded while I was driving and vehicle could not start after. It has been in the shop for a month now... for timing chain and rear main seal explosion. No idea when it will be fixed. I am taking it to another dealership after to run the oil consumption test as I am not confident the other dealership did the test even though I asked.
 

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"First, I had a similar code, and they had to replace solenoids."

P0010? Camshaft actuator solenoids? Generally, those fail when the car is consuming too much oil.

I can see the dealership making a fuss regarding the rear main seal failure, but the timing chain and pistons should be replaced under the extended warranty. Sounds like you already have a case number open with GM Corporate
 

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I was told that it was the timing chain or the guide, they could not be sure until the engine was opened up, and In no way could this issue be related to the engine use high consumption of oil.
Wow, sounds like I could have written that question. we are having the same issues. We just paid the dealership $625 to do a diagnostic and open up the engine. I'm the only owner. I just paid the car off last year so was I surprised when the car wouldn't start a week and a half ago. The timing chain was replaced at 54000m. and they are suspecting it's probably timing chain. We had to escalate the issue to corporate. Still don't know what we are going to pay or if chevy is going to pay anything. It's a shame because I really like my car. We were faithful with oil changes anywhere between 4000-5000 miles.. I'll let you know next week what happens. Best, Sue
 

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Did (conventional) oil change on my 2002 Chevy Impala this weekend. Bought brand new June 2002, still original parts pretty much throughout except battery and brakes. Car has almost 209,000 miles on it. Had been 3200 miles since last change. Got 4 quarts out. Car takes 4.5 quarts of oil.

So that’s 1/2 quart of oil lost/consumed over 3200 miles on a nearly 16 year-old vehicle.

A little perspective for some of you unfortunate 2.4L Nox owners....
 

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Did that missing half a quart stay in the filter?
 
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