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Old February 13th, 2005, 09:32 PM
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04 Disco burning oil

I have a 04 Disco with 3,800 miles. It burns .7 of a quarts per 2000 miles. Is this normal?
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Old February 13th, 2005, 09:37 PM
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NO. I have an '03 with 53k and no oil leaks (yet).
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Old February 14th, 2005, 06:21 AM
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There is a plastic splash shield under the motor that has a twist-off cap. Remove the cap and feel around on the engine side of the shield for your missing oil. My '03 had an improperly machined oil filter seat that prevented the filter from properly seating against the motor, which resulted in an oil leak similar in quantities to the amount of 'consumption' you describe. You wont see the puddle under the car from the leaking filter seal because the splash shield collects it all, and then the forward motion/wind under the vehicle spreads the oil all over the underside of the truck as you drive.

Should you find oil, the dealer will machine the filter seat to proper spec (there is a service document explaining the problem). Then, remove the cap from the splash shield, swab out all the oily goop being held in the shield and then drill a few half-inch holes in the shield at its lowest points. Then if you have any continued leakage (or any new leakage...it is a Rover after all) you will see the telltale puddle in your parking space as the oil will weep from your newly created holes.
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Old February 14th, 2005, 06:55 AM
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My 04 went through a bit of oil at the very beginning too. It soon stopped and has remained fine since to the current 25K miles.
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Old February 14th, 2005, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by grips03
I have a 04 Disco with 3,800 miles. It burns .7 of a quarts per 2000 miles. Is this normal?

I have to agree with KevinNY's post above. The first 10K miles on my DSII 04, I was putting in about a 3/4 a quart every couple of thousand miles. Somewhere between 15 and 25K miles the oil consumption dropped off. My 2001 DSII did not have this same oil consumption pattern -- maybe a quarter of a quart now and then in the first 15K; however, my 2004 did burn much more in the beginning.

I was pretty concerned too at first about my 04-- But I am not now.
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Old February 14th, 2005, 10:10 PM
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I looked under the truck and found no leaking oil, looks clean even on the the splash tray - I've only changed the oil once so far @ 2,000 miles. I guess I'll monitor / fill and let LR know about it a 7,500 mile maint.
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