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Old 05-20-2004, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys! I went with a couple of friends to the cinema today and while I was driving I notice that I was decreasing some power. The economy gauge moved to 15 L/km (normal 8-10 L/km @ 120 km/h) and I feel the decrease of power. I kept on driving, but easier than I normally does. Finally we where in Eindhoven and I had parked my car for the time we were in the cinema. After the movie (and before we went for home) I have checked the oil level. This was a little below the minimum. I'd filled the engine with oil (Shell Helix 5W-40) and everything was OK when driving home.

The point now is: 2 weeks ago I'd filled the engine too with this oil, and today it was below the minimum! The outside temperature is still climbing (today 25 Celsius = 77 F) so I guess that's the cause. I didn't have this trouble last winter, even the oil I have smelled by the end pipes.

What should I do? Renew the oil with thicker one? Any suggestions.........
I've been lucky nothing is damaged....

I would appreciate any help!
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Old 05-20-2004, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Leave a newspaper under the car when you park it, and try to use the same one everywhere you go. It will be a little akward, but it will help you locate a leak. If there is no oil on the paper, then you must be burning that oil. BMW says normal oil consumption is up to 1qt per 1000 miles. 1qt in 2 weeks is way above normal.
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BMW sayeth 1qt per 1000 Miles maybe burned any more is a problem.
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Do I actually use too thin oil for these temperatures? There is no leak at all!
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The higher the temperature, the thicker the oil should be. Go with 5W-50. What are you using now?
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I actually use 5W-40? Is that a bad oil for summer?
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I actually use 5W-40? Is that a bad oil for summer?
I'd recommend castrol 10w60 for the summer.
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BMW suggests 5w30 for winter and 15w50 for summer.
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Do they recommend synthetic or mineral oil?
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