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Lexus ES 300 engine problem

bygood18bygood18 Member Posts: 2
edited February 2015 in Lexus
I bought a lexus es 300 in september 2014, I got an oil change mid November. I requested conventional oil because I was told that is what the car was suppose to use and that was cool with me because it was the cheapest. I was told by the man at the oil change place that I could NOT use conventional at ALL and that I had to use synthetic. I was unsure about this but I went ahead with it because I knew that they look this information up in their computers. I paid an extra 30 dollars for the synthetic oil. approximately 1400 miles later and not even 3 months later my car broke down and the engine has failed. The dealership is saying that it was the oil change place fault and the oil change place is saying that the issue had to be there before they changed the oil and it is the dealership fault. When I broke down no oil was showing on the stick, when the car got to the dealership they said that there was no oil and caused the engine to lock up. I told them I just received an oil change and that they used synthetic oil, the dealership told me that was the problem because the synthetic oil burns faster in this model car. Right now they are going back and forth about who is to blame. I have been reading trying to figure out what could have happened. The car has been checked for oil leaks and there are none. Can someone give me insight on this. What could have happened to the oil? Could the synthetic oil have caused this problem? Could there have been something wrong with the engine to cause it to burn 5 quarts of oil in 1400 miles?


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    ray80ray80 Member Posts: 1,655
    Hhmm. I think there could be a few things that could be wrong with a 13 year old engine. How often did you check oil level after the change?
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    bygood18bygood18 Member Posts: 2
    I did not check my oil level after the change. I didnt think that was necessary since I had just got the oil changed and didnt experience any issues before I got it changed as far as the oil goes. I don't know much about cars so that is why I am asking opinions from other who do.
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    thecardoc3thecardoc3 Member Posts: 5,771
    Burn it that fast, no. That would surely foul the pugs and cause a drivability issue. Now it easily could have developed a leak and lost that much. Everyone should be in the habit of routinely checking and adding oil as required and that would have allowed you to observe that some type of issue had occurred and you could have prevented the failure.
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