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Oil consumption normal?

I know there are many reports of the new light weight oils causing more than usual oil consumption and I know most auto companies state a quart every 1k to 2k miles is considered "normal" but I wanted to check with the real world.

My 2014 with 36k started using oil recently. Last three changes I noticed zero oil use, however in checking my oil today it was 3/4 of a quart low. This is not overly excessive but considering it didn't use a drop up to 30k the recent use is a bit concerning.

So what other 4.6 owner seeing.

Truck is a lease and I was considering buying it when the lease ends next month, but this issue raised a concern.

Of course I know I have another two years or 14k on the power train warranty, but I also know Toyota won't consider this an issue and if it does become an issue four years down the road I am left holding the bag.

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Are you sure its oil consumption and that whoever changed your oil just didn't add the proper amount? Notice any leaks anywhere? Exhaust smell like burned oil?

Can't say anything about the 4.6L V8, but both my tundras, an 05 and an 08 neither use any oil between 5k services...at least nothing measurable.
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Are you sure its oil consumption and that whoever changed your oil just didn't add the proper amount? Notice any leaks anywhere? Exhaust smell like burned oil?

Can't say anything about the 4.6L V8, but both my tundras, an 05 and an 08 neither use any oil between 5k services...at least nothing measurable.
I changed the oil myself and am certain it was full unfortunately. No smoke, smell nor leaks.

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An Engine that I have to add oil to between changes is an engine I won't keep around.

I know, there is an acceptable limit. but to me it's from the full mark to half way down the "add a qt" mark. Need a full qt? see ya!

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An Engine that I have to add oil to between changes is an engine I won't keep around.

I know, there is an acceptable limit. but to me it's from the full mark to half way down the "add a qt" mark. Need a full qt? see ya!
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Are you checking the oil under the same conditions each time?

Ie level surface vs on a slope, engine at operating temp vs cold...those 2 things will have a huge impact on level and perception of an issue or not

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Are you checking the oil under the same conditions each time?

Ie level surface vs on a slope, engine at operating temp vs cold...those 2 things will have a huge impact on level and perception of an issue or not
Good suggestions. Yes, same conditions, engine cold, not started for at least 8 hours and parked in the same spot on my driveway.

I checked about 1000 miles ago and it was low half a quart. Checked yesterday and it was low again, I didn't add but looks like a quarter to half a quart low again.

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Clyde The Ride, my 06 Tundra now has a used replacement engine so, now the truck has gone 280,000 miles but the engine has fewer than 70,000 miles.

When I bought her, Clyde had 10,000 miles on the odometer and it consumed a quart every couple thousand miles which was very noticeable when
I was driving more than 100 miles a day.
And Toyota said that oil use was within specifications.
Finally, around 100,000 miles, the consumption was down to around a quart every 4,000 miles.

The second timing belt was when we found the water leak and determined it was one of the occasional manufacturing flaws found in Aluminum engines and
replacement was cheaper than even thinking about a tear-down and rebuild.

So the moral of the story is that you have an extremely reliable truck that you may want to have some serious diagnostic work done on.
BUT
Diagnosis is expensive and your story is more along the line of the oil filter filling with oil than losing oil.

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Was it full after the last oil change, and you saw it go down on dipstick?
I have a Subaru and 1/4 to 1/2 quart between oil changes since new. 76,000 miles now. Dealers all will tell you 1,000 per quart is normal!
No its not, but its up to you.
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07 Tundra with 5.7. Oil level does not budge on stick between changes.
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