1995 Dodge Caravan burns oil

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1995 Dodge Caravan burns oil

I have 95 Dodge Caravan, V6 3.0 L with 189K on it
It consumes oil about 1 litre every fill. I don't see any oil in the rad or mixed in antifreeze or no antifreez mixed in oil
But some time see blue smoke after idling at light I don't know how to pinpoint the fault is it head gasket which side or is it rings or piston or some kind of seal.
I am confused Please help me thank you
 
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Or it could be coming from here and little more from there, at those miles. If you can see it when idling, I wonder how much really is visible to someone behind you? You can test rings by doing first a compression test. Then do it again only adding some oil first to the cylinder, and if it goes up, it is the rings. Also, if you are under load, let's say, and you are accelerating, and then let off the gas, does a blue plume come out then?

Obviously you have something internal that would cost you a lot of money to fix. And you have to ask yourself if it is worth it, even.

If you are in a state with emmissions testing, maybe they would not even allow it on the road unless fixed.

If it becomes a nuisance, the police will stop you, probably.

I have a car that smokes and is more of a mystery because mine only does it at start up, SOMETIMES, and then after that it does not VISIBLY smoke one iota.
 
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that kinda milage, the idleing very likely is valve stem seals, but with that high of milage i would want a compression test to see if any other problems are there, unless you really like this vehicle or need it to not smoke for emissions, you probably will not want to spend the $$ for these repairs as you will likely exceed the value of the vehicle quickly.

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Hmmm 13 y/o vehicle (built when I consider some of the worst times of Chrysler), almost 200K miles.
As was said, unless you have emissions testing...get a case of no name oil at WallyWorld, throw it in the back and a bottle of Rislone, MotorMedic or Motor Honey in the engine. Maybe 2 bottles...lol.
 
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Originally Posted by manjit100 View Post
I have 95 Dodge Caravan, V6 3.0 L with 189K on it
It consumes oil about 1 litre every fill. I don't see any oil in the rad or mixed in antifreeze or no antifreez mixed in oil
But some time see blue smoke after idling at light I don't know how to pinpoint the fault is it head gasket which side or is it rings or piston or some kind of seal.
I am confused Please help me thank you
Speed's probably right..........Mitsubishi 3.0's are good for valve seals, and at 200,000 I'd say you're about due...........NOW.......
If you have an air compressor, the valve covers are kinda easy to remove..........and if you haven't already done it, a timing belt and water pump are in your tea leaves also........
If you were to remove the timing belt, remove the cams.....you can pressurize the cyls one at a time, remove the valve springs and change the seals.
Will this be a "perfect" fix????.........probably not as the valve guides are probably also sloppy at this mileage.........but it should reduce your comsumption quite a bit
 
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