Looking to service your vehicle? Click here to Schedule Service.




Why Is My Car Burning Oil?


Motor oil is the lifeblood of any automobile, be it from BMW or a different manufacturer. It keeps the components inside the engine cool and lubricated. Otherwise, they can overheat and cause the engine to fail.

What if, though, your car was burning oil while on the roads of Annapolis, Highland Beach, or Hillsmere Shores, Maryland?

There are several reasons why that may be happening, which will be covered in this guide from BMW of Annapolis. Learn about burning oil below and contact us with questions or to schedule service for your vehicle.

is my car burning oil


Oil Change Service Annapolis MD

Reasons for Your Car Burning Oil

There are a few reasons why your BMW may be burning oil. It could be something minor that can be resolved quickly, or it could involve more thorough work. Either way, if your car is burning oil, it’ll need to be taken care of right away.

Continue reading below for some explanations as to why your vehicle may be burning oil.

Engine Oil Leak

One of the most common reasons for burning oil is from a leak. While driving, the dashboard may be clear of any warning lights—a light would indicate a big leak. However, you might check the dipstick and notice that the oil level is a bit low. If that’s the case, there may be a small leak in the engine.

Over time, the oil would drip out of the engine and thicken onto valve corners and other metal parts. This could damage the engine and possibly lead to a costly replacement.

If something seems off—regardless of no dashboard warning light, nor puddle of oil under the car—let our technicians take a look at things.

Damaged Piston Rings

If the engine isn’t leaking, but your BMW is still burning oil, the engine may be wearing down from the inside.

Piston rings rub against the walls of an engine’s cylinders to keep oil in the crankcase and an air/fuel mixture in the cylinders. If the piston rings are bad, oil can travel the wrong way up into the combustion chambers, which could greatly damage the engine.

You may see blueish-gray smoke coming from the tailpipe. Our service team can do a thorough inspection and install new piston rings, if needed.

Blown Head Gasket

The third cause of burnt engine oil is from a blown head gasket. The gasket forms a seal between the engine block and cylinder had. If it fails, a host of issues could arise. If your vehicle has suffered from a blown head gasket, you may notice:

  • Rough idling
  • Overheating engine
  • Poor fuel economy

The engine may also be consuming too much oil, which could lead to a damaged gasket. If this happens, it needs to be addressed immediately.

Schedule Oil Service for Your BMW Today

Regardless of why your car is burning oil, the better question is—when can you have it fixed? At BMW of Annapolis, we’ll have your automobile as good as new again in no time at all.

Whether you live near Annapolis, Highland Beach, or Hillsmere Shores, MD, you don’t want to let this minor issue go and become a bigger one. So, don’t wait. Schedule service at our BMW dealership today!

BMW of Annapolis, Old Mill Bottom Road, Annapolis, MD, USA

Saved Vehicles


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us


Call Now

31 Old Mill Bottom Road • Annapolis, MD 21401

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 9am-7pm

Open Today! Service: 7am-6pm

Open Today! Parts: 7am-6pm

BMW of Annapolis 39.0225946, -76.4772047.