Jamie (Albuquerque, New Mexico) - 1991 Toyota Tercel
An engine question. She is losing a lot of oil, going through 2 quarts every 600 miles. She doesn't want to bring it to mechanic, so she is doing some work on the car herself. Replaced valve cover gasket, didn't help. Next she's planning to change oil pan gasket. She doesn't see a puddle under her car, but gets a big plume of smoke when she starts it. Could change the oil pan gasket, but it's more likely she's burning oil. Try additives to see if they help-- maybe 'Restore.' Rings could be stuck. Try changing the weight of the oil, too.