Where has my oil gone?

BigWillyStyle

Registered User
For some reason my oil has disappeared. I cant see any sign of leaking underneath or on the floor. Around my oil cap has oil on (where the rubber plug is) but nothing on the block.

It doesnt seem to be burning oil and the is no more smoke than any normal diesel (2004 2.0 TDi).

I have topped it up and will see what happens.

Does anyone have any ideas to what is going on?
 

J3NKO

Registered User
It must be one or the other mate.

Dropping is the obvious one to spot so if you can't see anything, my guess is burning.

Post up how much is gone in what time period and we'll have a bit more of idea of what you're faced with.
 

danb986

In awe of VCDS
How much have you lost?

I know some cars are prone to using more oil than others, but Audi say that's normal.
If you look in the handbook, the acceptable amount of oil usage is something ridiculous like up to 1 litre per thousand milles!
A few years ago at work we had five 2.0TDi A3's and three of them used oil, to the point that we always kept a litre of oil in the boot in case the light came on while driving.
It could just be one of those things, depending on how much you're using of course.
 

BigWillyStyle

Registered User
It must be one or the other mate.

Dropping is the obvious one to spot so if you can't see anything, my guess is burning.

Post up how much is gone in what time period and we'll have a bit more of idea of what you're faced with.

Ok i will do thanks. I only really get smoke on a cold start up but not plooms of it.My coolant dropped too but has been at the same level for a couple of weeks now.

How much have you lost?

I know some cars are prone to using more oil than others, but Audi say that's normal.
If you look in the handbook, the acceptable amount of oil usage is something ridiculous like up to 1 litre per thousand milles!
A few years ago at work we had five 2.0TDi A3's and three of them used oil, to the point that we always kept a litre of oil in the boot in case the light came on while driving.
It could just be one of those things, depending on how much you're using of course.

I do about 500-600 miles a week so i guess i'd use more than normal but i checked my oil level about 1-2 weeks before and was all ok. Most of it disappeared over that time i guess. Just worrying me a little!
 

Tommy53

Registered User
My car has been using a lot of oil recently, i have found out the reason for this is because the turbo is on its way out. Apparently the oil will get into the turbo because of the play in it, then when you start it up the oil gets burnt. Does it struggle to start sometimes on a cold engine?
 

BigWillyStyle

Registered User
My car has been using a lot of oil recently, i have found out the reason for this is because the turbo is on its way out. Apparently the oil will get into the turbo because of the play in it, then when you start it up the oil gets burnt. Does it struggle to start sometimes on a cold engine?

Thanks for the reply.

No quite the opposite. Always struggled to start when the engine is warm. Never been able to diagnose the problem. Changed battery etc but to no avail. :think:
 

SAiLO

Well-Known Member
VCDS Map User
Thanks for the reply.

No quite the opposite. Always struggled to start when the engine is warm. Never been able to diagnose the problem. Changed battery etc but to no avail. :think:

Have you tried replacing your starter motor?
 

BigWillyStyle

Registered User
Ah right thank you. I did use the search about 4-5 months ago but it didnt bring anything up useful for me. Thanks!
 

Brodster

Registered User
Just as a ball park figure buddy.....Audi reckon that 1L per 1k miles is average consumption.....thats on an S3 though so I would of thought being a diesel they may plot it having a higher consumption rate. We all know that is ridiculous but on several visits for oil consumption this has been the reply.
 

BigWillyStyle

Registered User
Just as a ball park figure buddy.....Audi reckon that 1L per 1k miles is average consumption.....thats on an S3 though so I would of thought being a diesel they may plot it having a higher consumption rate. We all know that is ridiculous but on several visits for oil consumption this has been the reply.

Fair enough maybe its fairly normal then. Think i just got a shock when my light came on and when i last looked i had over filled it a little :confused:
 

BigWillyStyle

Registered User
After filling it up a couple of weeks ago it has used about a 1/4. So thats half the capacity (or so), in about 1000-1100 miles. Thats not good!
 

J3NKO

Registered User
That does seem like quick burning.

I'd do as suggested and replace the cheapest thing first, namely, the starter motor as this won't hurt.

The point made above about the turbo is valid too and I've been thinking this about my 2.0TFSI but its an expensive job to sort unless you're pretty hands on.
 

chinnyhill10

Registered User
My 140 Golf went through occasional phases of drinking oil. Feeling on VW forum seemed to be it was something those engines did and that it was not indicative of anything failing.

The Golf actually had a handy cubby hole in the boot which seemed to be designed to hold a 1 litre bottle of oil. Other users confirmed that when the cars were new they were indeed delivered with a 1 litre bottle in the hole.
 

Sidhu88

Registered User
It may sound stupid but u wudnt believe the amount of people ive met that do this. Are u checking the oil levels when the car has been sat for a while? Eg, first thing in the morning or after an hour or so after use. Ive met loads of ppl who check after its been running and cant figure out y the the levels low. U can only check the oil when its all in the sump for a proper reading. However, driving style and lots of mileage can contribute to quick oil consumption.
 

BigWillyStyle

Registered User
That does seem like quick burning.

I'd do as suggested and replace the cheapest thing first, namely, the starter motor as this won't hurt.

The point made above about the turbo is valid too and I've been thinking this about my 2.0TFSI but its an expensive job to sort unless you're pretty hands on.

Yeah i think i'll get the sarter motor done at the start of July. Gets a bit annoying when people are around and they're expecting it to not start when they hear it struggling!

My 140 Golf went through occasional phases of drinking oil. Feeling on VW forum seemed to be it was something those engines did and that it was not indicative of anything failing.

The Golf actually had a handy cubby hole in the boot which seemed to be designed to hold a 1 litre bottle of oil. Other users confirmed that when the cars were new they were indeed delivered with a 1 litre bottle in the hole.

I have extra oil in my boot too just in case. Its just strange as there are no symptoms to suggest that there is anything wrong. Other than what is stated above and that it has a slight surge of revs when in a low gears now and again.

It may sound stupid but u wudnt believe the amount of people ive met that do this. Are u checking the oil levels when the car has been sat for a while? Eg, first thing in the morning or after an hour or so after use. Ive met loads of ppl who check after its been running and cant figure out y the the levels low. U can only check the oil when its all in the sump for a proper reading. However, driving style and lots of mileage can contribute to quick oil consumption.

Haha yeah i always check it in the morning when its all settled mate. Think i'll have to drive even more like Miss Daisy now ha!
 
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