How Does My Volvo Burn Oil?

Any Volvo owner will tell you for a fact that there is much more into Volvo cars than just the brand name. It is a brand often associated with quality and value for money. You should therefore be surprised once your Volvo develops its first glitch. If you drive it often, there is a high likelihood the glitch will have something to do with oil. It could be that the car burns oil or it could a simply a case of you forgetting to change the engine oil. Either way, any setback associated with oil shouldn’t worry you too much unless it comes from the engine box. But by then, the check engine light will have turned on and you will have had ample time to fix the problem. So what exactly causes the car to burn oil and what exactly does this problem mean? Read on to learn more.

The Genesis

Engine oil is meant to be contained inside the engine all the time. From time to time though, gaskets and oil leak. This could be as a result of so many things such as excessive wear and tear or loss fitting where nuts and bolts are faulty. It could also be as a result of exposure to too much heat. Once the leak occurs, it will quickly spread to other areas outside the engine that are hot. It won’t be long before you feel a burning smell coming from the engine area. This is what is commonly referred to as ‘burning oil’.

Fixing The Problem

Make a habit of fixing issues on your car as soon as you notice them. You do not have to wait for the check engine light on your dashboard to prompt you. One easy way of going about it is to simply take your car for scheduled maintenance and servicing.  Your mechanic will then note faulty areas that need to be fixed before things get out of hand.

Remember that burning oil can also be caused by vital internal engine components that need replacement.  It could the cylinder or the broken valve. Whatever it is, engine components are delicate. It gets worse where an oil leak is not correctly repaired or diagnosed. The problem will worsen, sometimes without your knowledge. By the time you notice, you will be forced to spend more than you should have spent had you fixed the problem on time. This highlights the importance of taking your car to approved Volvo mechanics and service centers.

The Exhaust And The Engine

These two parts always work together. They are in short, ‘siblings’. To put this in perspective, you will see a bluish smoke coming from the exhaust each time you accelerate. The smoke will most likely be accompanied by the smell of burning oil. This happens because the pistons are worn out and completely damaged. It can also happen because of value guides in the cylinder heads that are worn out. The best solution here is to replace the pistons, the valve guides and the cylinder heads.

Point To Note

Be sure to check on other components like the exhaust manifold and valve covers. These are hot components which can also cause oil burn. Replace them as your mechanic recommends. Delaying or ignoring the problem can easily lead to engine failure.