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Old 09-21-2014, 10:55 AM
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oil change!?

okay so since i got my 2008 3.8L 6cyl wrangler a little over a year ago ive changed the oil every time the light comes on and its not an issue for me. the only thing im slightly concerned about is how much oil i get OUT of the oil change after 3k. i only get about 2 or 3 quarts out of the 6qts i put in! im not sure if this is normal for jeeps of if i should get it checked out. any hints and ideas are welcome! thanks everyone

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Old 09-21-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
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You need to check your oil every once in awhile, between oil changes. There are a few threads on here and the jk owners forums dealing with the 3.8 and oil loss.

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Old 09-21-2014, 02:31 PM   #3
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If there's 6 qts. in it when you change it then you'll get out at least 5.5. You should check your oil at least every other fill up. It sounds like you're using some oil. Plus, with a 3.8 you're supposed to do an oil change at least twice each year, even if the indicator doesn't come on, and severe duty has to be taken into consideration if it applies. Unfortunately, Chrysler believes it's acceptable for a 3.8 to use 1qt. of oil per 1,000 miles.
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If you're only getting 2-3 qts of oil out you're running your engine low on oil, which is not good. You're either leaking or burning oil. I'd look for leaks and rule that out. I would also suggest you check your oil first thing in the morning, every 500 miles from now on.
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Until I started using the forums I had no idea that people would never check their oil (and add as needed) between oil changes. There is a dipstick on the engine for a reason. I just assumed everyone would use it. This is vehicle maintenance 101. Seals and gaskets can leak at anytime causing rapid oil loss, engines can and will start using oil as you accumulate miles. The 3.8 is a known oil user. To not check your oil is just asking for early engine failure.
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You won't have this problem, if you would just check your oil level at gas fill ups, and add oil when needed!
I kind of thought that everybody did this, which is just part of vehicle maintenance, and ownership!!!

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