How will you know if your cars engine is burning oil?
1- The exhaust blows occasional white smoke. Usually in older cars with high miles.
2- Your oil level is about a quart low in less than about 1000 miles after a fresh oil change.
3- Spark plugs get fouled right away. Car will run poorly and get bad mileage. Have to pull the plugs for that one.
Many of the compounds that make your engine oil work better on the INSIDE of the engine are also "poisonous" to your catalytic converter as your engine starts to use oil. The nice thing about catalytic converters, they burn unused hydrocarbons that come out the exhaust. You may not KNOW that your engine is burning oil until the catalytic converter gives out or even gets plugged up. Watch the oil level in the crankcase. If…
Check the drivers manual, it will show you where the engine oil goes in, how much to put in and what type to put in. Normally the filler cap is on top of the engine itself, on top of the rocker or cam covers. Modern cars have a picure of an oil can moulded into it, older cars may have the name 'oil', or equivalent language such as 'Olio', for Italian cars.
Why is engine oil in cars also called motor oil even though engines convert chemical energy while motors convert electrical energy?
There is no such thing as an oil pressure light on most cars. Some cars have oil pressure gauges, and all have a "Engine" light or "Check Engine" light with a picutre of either an oil can, or Engine Block The oil pressure warning light usually looks like a little red oil can. The check engine light looks like a little yellow engine.
Burning oil produces blue smoke. Generally, it's best to keep the oil in the crankcase and not add it to the intake as burning oil can damage spark plugs, O2 sensors and catalytic converters. If you're adding the oil to the crankcase but the engine burns the oil, it may be overfilled or you may have an engine or PCV problem.
I'm assuming you are talking about engine oil and not transmission or axle. The engine oil plug is at the lowest level of the engine oil pan. You need to make sure you are looking at the engine oil pan and not the transmission pan. They are pretty close to each other and can be confused if you don't know which is which. On some cars the transmission doesn't even have a plug to drain…