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Options for what looks like a stuck oil ring

I'm driving an 89' Mitsubishi Galant 1.6L SOHC just to get through University right now. In the last few months it went from burning a little oil (which a new PCV valve helped with dramatically) to burning a tonne of oil.

I spoke with a mechanic friend of mine, and he figures it's a stuck oil ring and/or a scored cylinder wall which to me and my little bit of automotive knowledge means a new bottom end, engine rebuild, or replace the engine.

Can anyone give me any advice to help stretch the life of this car out hopefully another year short of me adding a quart of oil every couple tanks of gas (roughly 300 miles per quart).
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If you don't want to spend money on a rebuild, you'll have to just keep adding oil when you gas up. My Integra required a quart every 500-1000 miles depending on how I drove, but ran like a champ.
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Keep adding oil at fill ups. If people give you shit, tell em you swapped in a RX-8 engine.
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If you don't want to spend money on a rebuild, you'll have to just keep adding oil when you gas up. My Integra required a quart every 500-1000 miles depending on how I drove, but ran like a champ.

haha, my civic needs about 2 quarts every 500-800 miles.

Runs like a champ tho.


Try some engine molasses. I've had good results with off the shelf stuff to prevent oil burning...its a bandaid for about 350 miles, or 1 gas tank.
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That car is worth what, $500? Figure out the repair costs and get another beater on craigslist if it's too expensive to fix. Im guessing you'll need a new shortblock + head. It may be burning 1 quart every fillup now but half way through the semester who knows. it'd suck to get stuck.
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Figure how much longer you will be driving and how much extra oil you will need to buy minus the need for oil changes and see if its more expensive over time than buying another car.
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seeing as its a mitsubushi
my bet is that the valve stem seals are fucked up
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Why is your "mechanic" guessing?

1. tell him to fuck off

2. go to a real mechanic

3. perform leakdown test

4. determine problem, go from there
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Use thicker oil, it may help a little.
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Why is your "mechanic" guessing?

1. tell him to fuck off

2. go to a real mechanic

3. perform leakdown test

4. determine problem, go from there

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Why is your "mechanic" guessing?

Because the mechanic "spoke" to the owner of the car, not looked or touched the car.
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