Last post on Jan 27, 2010 at 7:03 AM
You are in the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan
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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager
#1 of 4 02 carvan useing oil
Jan 27, 2010 (5:01 am)
where is the oil going no leaks no smoke no oil in rad.61,000 mi.change oil&filter every 3,000 use 5w-30 oil&fram filter.should i change oil to 10w-30.
#2 of 4 Re: 02 carvan useing oil [morpar1dude]
Jan 27, 2010 (5:15 am)
How much oil is your engine using?
As for changing to 10W-30, nope, won't change your consumption rate one bit. Why? Because 5W-30 and 10W-30 have virtually identical viscosities when warm (i.e. thin), the only difference is that the 5W-30 flows better when cold, even still, 5W-30 is plenty thick when cold.
FWIW, if you really want to increase the viscosity of your oil you can run 0W-40 (which happens to be what I've run in all three of our Chrysler minivans) or 5W-40. Even still, I rather doubt bumping the viscosity will alter your rate of consumption all that much.
#3 of 4 Re: 02 carvan useing oil [shipo]
Jan 27, 2010 (6:22 am)
it is useing 2-3 qts.between oil changes
#4 of 4 Re: 02 carvan useing oil [morpar1dude]
Jan 27, 2010 (7:03 am)
The good news is also the bad news (sort of)...
Per Chrysler (and a number of other manufacturers), oil consumption of one quart per one thousand miles is considered "normal", beyond that the engine is deemed to have a comsumption issue. In your case you have yet to reach the 1qt/1,000 mile threshold, that said I'm sure this isn't much comfort as many of the Chrysler V6 minivan engines can go a quarter of a million miles and only consume a quart every 7,500 miles or so.
Long story short, oil is cheap; keep buying it oil and keep driving the van. Any money put toward fixing the consumption issue will never be recovered vis-a-vis the price of replacement oil.