2009 2.4 oil usage

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2009 2.4 oil usage

Postby WideTrack » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:34 am

I have a 2009 Vibe with the 2.4 engine and it appears to have the common excessive oil usage issue. Car has about 95k miles on it. My wife was driving it, got a oil light and found that the oil level was very low.

I see that the Toyota with the same issue is covered by an extended warranty until 10 years and 150k miles.

Will GM do anything to help me out here? Any tips on what to say to the dealership if I take it by there?

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Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

Postby tpollauf » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:17 pm

First off, welcome to GenVibe WideTrac :D Quick answer ... NO :x Need to know a bit of the history on the car if you have it. How thirsty is the engine? Toyota specs say that adding one quart of oil per 1500 miles is not excessive and within normal parameters. 99% of us drivers would tend to disagree with that fact. My son's 2009 Vibe GT (2.4l, automatic) was purchased used at just under 36k miles back in March 2011(lease turn in). I swear the prior owner NEVER changed the oil at all as this poor Vibe was majorly abused. His engine was consuming exactly what I described above and when I discovered our LUSH of a car, I starting taking precautions to remedy the problem. First thing was to change out "whatever oil the dealer put in there" with Mobil 1 full synthetic. Fast forward to today where he's at 90k miles & then some, and the burning rate has actually dropped off significantly to one quart every 2500 - 3000 miles. He can actually go between oil changes now without me having to top it off. Oh, yeah ... the oil light came on for us shortly after we took delivery which is where the engine is 2-2.5 quarts low at that time ... not good! Fill us in on your story and maybe we can help!
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Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

Postby jolt » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:43 pm

There is more info about this problem here on this forum board if you use the search at the upper right corner of this page. GM will do nothing about any problem on a Pontiac unless it is required to do so by federal law as per their government bailout, i.e. emission or safety related. As a side not: Ford told me that unless a motor uses oil at a rate of 500 miles per quart, it is considered normal oil consumption.

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Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

Postby WideTrack » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:25 pm

Thanks for you reply. The car has about 95,000 miles on it and I have just used what the dealer or a trusted mechanic has put in it. I have not been checking the oil level like I should and did not know about a problem until the oil light came on. I then started reading the web and freaked out because I would like to keep this car until out other car is paid off.

I'll try the synthetic oil and I am going to keep a much closer eye on the oil level and document what I see.

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Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

Postby jolt » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:30 pm

You can watch this video that explains the problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgdZSXOslDM

Check YouTube for other videos. The biggest thing here is the oil rings getting plugged with sludge and carbon deposits. Change your oil often with a high detergent motor oil to reduce the chance of sludge and carbon build up, like mobil 1. If you do this you may get lucky and over a long time reduce the build up in the oil control rings and improve your oil consumption. If you add something like a ½ quart of Marvels Mystery Oil - http://www.marvelmysteryoil.com/product ... stery-oil/ - to every oil change of 2 to 3 thousand miles it would help clean up the inside of the engine faster. Also replace the PCV valve which is easy to do as it is on the back of the valve cover. This will help the piston rings do their job a little easier too. Remember that this did not happen over night. In your case 95,000 miles so if you need it fixed right NOW, you are going to have to replace the rings. If you have time and watch the oil, you may get it improved by doing the above. Never let the oil light come on and do not drive the car with the oil light on. Turn the engine off if the oil light is on. The oil light does NOT tell you the level of oil in the engine. The light comes on because there is no oil pressure to lubricate the engine and it will blow up! Any time you see the oil light on, you are doing extreme wear and damage to the motor.

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Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

Postby Benelli » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:28 pm

I have owned my Vibe since new and have been running Mobil 1 since 10k miles, my 2.4l uses 1 quart every 2500 miles. I not sure when my oil consumption started but would guess it was around 40k (I have 115k now). My wife's Lexus also uses a quart of oil every 2500 miles. My only vehicles that don't use oil are my domestics, both my toyota designed engines use oil.


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