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5.3 Afm And Oil Consumption


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#1 Charles1

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 09:46 AM

I have read several threads about 07-09 AFM 5.3's using excessive amounts of oil. Is this rare or does it occur frequently. Is it reasonable to think that most don't have this problem? Has it been confirmed that it is related to ATM?

#2 danc55

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:21 AM

My 2007 Sierra consumes oil when I do lots of highway driving. Anytime I take a trip the message centre tells me to "check engine oil/add oil". I can drive for months around town with no excessive consumption but AFM is not usually in use when driving around town. I love the 5.3 but my next truck might be the 6.2.
By the way; my truck has been checked for leaks and there are none and I do not get any blue smoke or any other signs of burning oil. I wonder where it all goes.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:36 AM

how many quarts are y'all filling up?

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:44 AM

Glad to hear that it's just not my truck! I have an 07 AFM 5.3 with 36000 miles and it uses about a quart every oil change if i get it changed at the dealer. Less if i do the oil change and use better oil. Let me know what you guys are seeing.
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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:48 AM

GM really seems to have screwed the pooch on the newer 5.3... I keep reading all these threads about lifter noise and oil consumption. I do hear fuel economy is better, but if its at the cost of the engine being good.. damn!

Mine is running great after six years and 103k, uses no noticeable amount of oil and makes no ticking noises. I know that the many others with 5.3L engines that were built after the cold-start knock issues were resolved and before the NNBS trucks came out had similar results.
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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:21 AM

Its not related to AFM. If you go back you will see that owners of 99+ year trucks reported this issue also and these trucks did not have AFM.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:43 AM

My late -09 5.3 ALU block flex was a little over-full on delivery. That bothered me a bit, I expected it to use some initially. After 3k miles of highway towing and lots of short trips the oil is still at the same level, about 1/2 over. :P So maybe they are compensating for some that use a little on break-in..

#8 Rampage1

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:46 AM

Its not related to AFM. If you go back you will see that owners of 99+ year trucks reported this issue also and these trucks did not have AFM.

2000 5.3 here. I use a liter between oil changes. (156000 kilometers)

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:56 AM

Its not related to AFM. If you go back you will see that owners of 99+ year trucks reported this issue also and these trucks did not have AFM.

I respectfully disagree. Had my 09 5.3 back to the dealer yesterday because it burned another 1/2 quart in the last 250 miles since they started my "Oil Consumption Record". That brings it to a quart and a half on a new truck with only 1,800 miles on it. The oil consumption is increasing exponentially.
GM PIP4492J - Dec 2, 2009 - Excessive oil consumption and blue smoke states that overaggressive lifters may be at fault. AFM engines use special lifters unique to those engines so they can shut down the cylinders in V-4 mode.
Therefore, AFM is at fault. My AFM is now shut off and the truck still burns oil like a smokestack. My dealer's service manager told me that they have also had to replace several camshafts on AFM engines due to pitting.
Can you say: Cadillac 4-6-8 fiasco all over again?
But hey, it doesn't have any cold piston slap.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 01:40 PM

From what I've gathered on this site, and other owners that I personally know, oil consumption is not common on the 07+ 5.3 (w/ AFM). Some are reporting it on this site, but most are not. Personally, 13k miles in 1.5 years and no measurable consumption. It sounds more like a bad production run than a design issue... either that or GM used a different design for each 5.3 line... which I doubt.

Edited by music, 18 December 2009 - 07:44 AM.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 02:22 PM

I've got just over 13k on mine right now and I've had no noticeable oil loss at all. Using Mobile1 and delco filter starting at 2k.

Way to early to make any real judgments but at the same time good to know compared to Jimmy's case

#12 High Plains Drifter

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 07:21 PM

No excessive oil consumtion here. 2008, 5.3 AFM.
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Posted 17 December 2009 - 07:24 PM

i'll take pistol slap over oil consumption any day of the week..my 04 with 100k on it dosen't lose a drop(knock on wood)
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#14 Ryan00TJ

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:21 PM

No problems here... Knock on wood... 08 LY5 8200 miles
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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:37 PM

12000 miles and hasn't used a drop between changes. I use Mobil 1 5w-30. No lifter noise or piston slap either.




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