Engine worn out? Oil and Coolant consumption

85

Asked by Oct 09, 2013 at 05:40 PM about the 2005 Chevrolet Suburban LT 2500 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2005 Suburban has been using about a quart of oil every oil change. Recently, I
noticed the temp gauge going up at idle and returns to normal when driving. I checked
the coolant reservoir and it was empty! I put a gallon of new coolant in it and so far it
remains at a good temp. There is no milky gunk under the oil fill cap, the oil on the
dipstick is a nice dark brown/ black, no smoke from the tail. Are these just signs the
engine is worn out? It runs great!

3 Answers

261,775

Using a quart every oil change is considered "normal" if you have some miles on your SUV. Check it every so often and top off when needed. Keep an eye on the coolant reservoir, you have a leak somewhere. The reason the temp gauge was going up was that you were low on coolant. After you drive it somewhere and it is warmed up and park, open the hood and look around. Check the hoses, water pump, radiator, etc. for signs of coolant. You also can proabbly smell it too.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful
85

It has 163,000 miles on it. I can smell antifreeze at times. I was worried about a head gasket or other catastrophic things

261,775

Find the leak first and address it. Hope for the best.

Your Answer

Suburban

Looking for a Used Suburban in your area?

CarGurus has 23,793 nationwide Suburban listings starting at $1,799.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Suburban Experts

  • #1
    Andrew Olsen
    Reputation
    1,060
  • #2
    Neal Turner
    Reputation
    940
  • #3
    Eric Fritz
    Reputation
    920
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used GMC Yukon XL
235 Great Deals out of 14,647 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
809 Great Deals out of 41,930 listings starting at $1,980
Used GMC Yukon
586 Great Deals out of 22,049 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Expedition
344 Great Deals out of 17,109 listings starting at $1,999
Used Cadillac Escalade ESV
125 Great Deals out of 5,683 listings starting at $3,900
Used Cadillac Escalade
243 Great Deals out of 12,086 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,411 Great Deals out of 173,490 listings starting at $699
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
339 Great Deals out of 30,499 listings starting at $2,499
Used Ford F-150
2,853 Great Deals out of 212,743 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Sequoia
124 Great Deals out of 5,377 listings starting at $1,999
Used Lincoln Navigator
92 Great Deals out of 3,868 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Armada
148 Great Deals out of 9,524 listings starting at $3,400
Used Dodge Durango
310 Great Deals out of 23,890 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Excursion
12 Great Deals out of 836 listings starting at $2,300
Used Ford Explorer
1,038 Great Deals out of 70,329 listings starting at $2,100

Used Cars For Sale

2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 2500 4WD For Sale
4 listings starting at $17,998

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.