Oil consumption is a defect that often goes unnoticed, unless you check your oil regularly (and who really does that?). When the engine runs without oil, catastrophic failure can occur. Common culprits that result in burning oil include worn valve stems, guides and seals, and piston rings, all of which can allow oil to seep into combustion chambers. If engine oil gets in the combustion chamber it will burn, possibly in amounts small enough not to produce telltale blue smoke in the exhaust, but enough to notice when you check the car’s dipstick. One can also see excessive black soot on the tail pipe.

If the oil levels are low, then manufacturers have been known to deny otherwise valid warranty claims due to lack of maintenance. To further protect themselves, manufacturers have established a specification of acceptable oil consumption at a rate of 1 quart for every 1,000 miles. This is why its important that you track any change in the rate of oil consumption. Some vehicles tend to be more prone to high oil consumption:

  • 2012-2020 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2009-2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade
  • 2010-2012 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2009-2010 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011–2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • 2010-2013 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2011-2021 Hyundai Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Venue
  • 2010-2021 Kia Forte
  • 2017-2020 Kia Niro
  • 2011-2020 Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid
  • 2012-2021 Kia Rio
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sorento
  • 2012-2021 Kia Soul
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sportage
  • 2018-2021 Kia Stinger
  • 2022 Kia K5

Here’s the question. Is your dealer performing an oil consumption test? The Lemon Law Department at the Auto Fraud Legal Center is here to help you. It all starts with a free case review. The attorneys in our Lemon Law Department will review your repair history to determine how we can best assist you. If we accept your case, we will ask the manufacturer to pay any attorney fees and costs that are incurred on your behalf. We have been representing consumers in California for over thirty years. Contact Jeff Le Pere to address any potential lemon law claim or dealer misrepresentation claim you may have.