Re: Oil Consumption
Just noticed something very interesting and peculiar regarding the oil consumption. In addition to the cold start puff of oil coming out the tail pipes that I reported earlier, yesterday I noticed that it is also doing it at highway speeds. We took about a 60 mile trip out into the Mohave Preserve on I-40 west of Needles, Calif. I had a friend following me in his TJ. Speeds were at 70 with the cruise on the whole way. When we got to the exit and stopped, he said, "Did you know you have a puff of oil smoke coming out of both tailpipes about every minute or so?" He said it was really quite noticable. My only assumption is that it must be related to the MDS and is puffing the oil when either changing to cylinder deactivation (Eco Mode), or when switching back to 8 cylinder operation. The only way to be sure I guess would be have someone follow you with 2-way hand held radios, let you know when they see the puff, and you could check it agianst the Eco dash light. Don't know that it matters though. I plan to take it to the dealer this moring and have them enter a "Customer Reports" into the system for potential warranty issues later on. It kind of makes the whole 'Eco' thing seem ridiculous if you're running down the highway in your brand new Chrysler product puffing oil out the tailpipes. Bet the Ford and GM guys are grinning when they see it happen!