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Dodge Ram Oil Questions
Truck is a 1990 automatic trans, fuel injected model.
He seemed to have more difficulty starting it when it started getting cold outside. It always seemed as though it was probably burning some oil as dark grey exhaust was noted. According to the starting instructions in the manual, he is supposed to turn on the key and start without pumping the gas. This used to work OK but it cranked for some time before starting. As it became more difficult to start, sometimes he would pump it a bit. Later when it wouldn't start, we would sometimes follow the "flooded" instructions by cranking it with the pedal down to the floor.
We put in a small container of IsoHeet gas antifreez. This contains isopropyl alcohol and the instructions said it could be added before or after filling tank and that it treats 10 gals. of fuel. The guage shows about 1/4 tank. It still wouldn't start.
After changing the spark plugs last weekend, it started up without too much cranking. We let it idle for a while and noticed that it was putting out a light gray-white smoke (even smoke rings). I drove it back and forth in the driveway a few times and let it warm up. When moving it over to the parking space, I noticed the oil light coming on a bit then going off, then on again. He also has a guage which shows oil pressure but I unfortunately did not pay attention to it. After turning it off, I checked the oil and there was none on the dip stick. I assumed that over the months with him starting it, some had burned away. (we changed the oil and filter soon after getting it in Sept. putting in 5 qts.). There was some light smoke (I assume from the heat) coming from the oil fill opening. I waited for the engine to cool and put in a quart.
The next day, we checked the level and the dip stick had "oil" up about 6" on the dip stick. We tried to start it and it made a few small "back fire" type noises and we noticed that the oil pressure gauge was at 0, so we stopped. Chris said he used to see the gauge go up some while cranking it.
After talking to you on the phone, we smelled it and it seems there is gas in the oil. Today we drained it and about 10 quarts of fluid came out. This seems like about a gallon extra of gas. We did not put any new oil back in since we wanted to hear from you if you have any suggestions.
How would gas be getting into this area? Could it have leaked down the pistons past the rings? Could the gas antifeez treatment have caused something to dissolve or was it too much antifreez for the amount of gas he has in his tank?
Thanks for any and all help/advice.