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Where is my oil going?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 4Runners (1990-1995)' started by Melika, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. Feb 16, 2019 at 2:28 PM
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    Melika

    Melika [OP] New Member

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    My 4 runner keeps running out of oil, according to the dipstick. There is no smoke when I drive , and there is no puddle of oil under the car. The mechanic cleaned the engine three times and drove it 50 miles trying to find a leak and there was a little bit around the valve cover gasket so they replaced that two weeks ago. Today I checked, and the dipstick shows no oil.

    Any ideas? Thanks much.

    BTW, how long should the dipstick be? The one I have is 18 1/4 inches from the tip to the black bumper right underneath the handle.
     
  2. Feb 16, 2019 at 2:40 PM
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    HoBoDanny

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    Is it not the oem dipstick?
     
  3. Feb 16, 2019 at 3:48 PM
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    Melika

    Melika [OP] New Member

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    The part number is 15301-65010. Just drained the oil and there was 4.5 quarts in it, yet the dipstick previously showed absolutely nothing. Put 5 quarts in and now it shows full. I’d much rather have a dipstick problem than a disappearing oil problem. So strange.
     
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  4. Feb 16, 2019 at 3:50 PM
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    SR5 Limited

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    They replaced the valve cover gaskets but didn’t do the grommets that come with the kit. They did that to me and even charged me twice..lol
     
  5. Feb 16, 2019 at 10:41 PM
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    HoBoDanny

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    Starting to sound like a dipstick problem. You should look into ordering a new one, but also verify that the one you are using is being fully seated. Your dipstick should still read an oil level when almost 2 qts low, if not at least 1.5 qts.
     
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