2006 RAV 4 -BURNING OIL
My 4cyl 2006 RAV 4 (Bought new) began to burn oil in November/2011. I noticed loud valve sounds on or about the 2500 mi. mark post the November Oil change that was done at the dealership where I purchased the car. I called them and brought it back telling them it was out of oil. I was angry, wondering how much damage may have been incurred. There was nothing on the engine block, or ground or underneath in the pan. Nothing. They refilled the oil after doing an inspection and had nothing to offer why this happened - but to keep an eye on it. By the end of December, I began to hear valves again, and the dipstick was practically dry. I added the needed oil and called a different dealer - outlining what was going on. I went in, and a thorough inspection was done looking for evidence of oil loss AND for engine damage. "No evidence of loss of oil".
The summary report post service was the recommendation to replace the engine as it was burning oil; $6000. for used engine; $9,000. for new. This was unexpected, shocking and it flies in the face of WHY I bought Toyota, and their Mission Statement. I sought out other RAV owners via blogs, internet and other sources, and found that this problem existed. I came upon a site that, for a small sum, you could chat with qualified, licensed mechanics (& other professionals). I chatted with a Master Toyota Technician from CA who set me straight about my engine:
1st a memo went out to distributors and Toyota retail from corporate -regarding my 4cyl engine developing, burning oil. It will not be a recall because it is not a safety issue. Silence to be maintained at every outlet concerning this development.
2nd. Check oil level per every gas fill up., change the oil weight to 5w/30..you can go indefinitely with this status - at least until my spreadsheet is compiled with pertinent data to discuss with corporate. If the ratio of the burn is 1 Qt per 1200 miles- that's bad; or you get more than 1200 miles without adding a qt., means you have no problem…(?).. less than 1200 miles and needing oil is the unacceptable hitch - He advised talking with Toyota towards evoking good will resulting in aid with engine repair. I followed the manual for all maintenance since it was new and up to now., and everything in between was done at a dealership. COMMENTS? ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM TOO?