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    2009 Suburban - blue smoke when starting

    We have a 2009 Suburban with 52,000 miles on it. When starting, sometimes there's a puff of blue smoke. Sometimes it's more than a puff. I don't think a 2009 should be having these issues. I have read that it may be the value guides wearing out. Anybody else had this issue? How have the dealers dealt with this issue?

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    Is that the engine that shuts off cyl to save gas? I heard from a GM mech that they have defective rings, they were replacing them with a different ring set.

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    I have a 07' Tahoe with 100k miles on it and no smoke at all. It tends to burn a little oil........about 1 quart every 3,000 miles but the mechanic I use told me that is normal. I would call a Chevy dealer tomorow and ask the service manager about it. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffswav View Post
    Is that the engine that shuts off cyl to save gas? I heard from a GM mech that they have defective rings, they were replacing them with a different ring set.
    Yes, it switches between 4 & 8 cylinders depending on the power needed. I have notice a puff of smoke here and there, but I took it to the lake this weekend and notice it every time I started up and it was more than just a puff. Not a pretty sight. I'm calling the dealer 1st thing in the morning.

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    My 05 did it one time. Really bad. I changed the oil and I haven't noticed any sign of smoke since. I know chevy does have issues with valve guides....

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    Yea, those are the engines he was talking about. Said they burn a lot of oil, the customers were bringing them in between oil changes with oil lites on.

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    Not good, hope they get it figured out for u.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpally View Post
    We have a 2009 Suburban with 52,000 miles on it. When starting, sometimes there's a puff of blue smoke. Sometimes it's more than a puff. I don't think a 2009 should be having these issues. I have read that it may be the value guides wearing out. Anybody else had this issue? How have the dealers dealt with this issue?
    most likely it will be the valve stem seals,especially since its only on start-ups.

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    I had an 09 avalanche that had 50,000 on it and it started to use alot of oil , like stated above I once had the oil light come on before the 3000 mile change came due , I sent that truck down the road and went to my current Diesel..

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    We're doing an oil consumption test for the next 3,000 miles. Apparently GM thinks it's okay if the truck uses 1 qt of oil every 3,000 miles. If the truck uses more than that, then they go to step two. Personally, I think it's crazy that I will have to constantly monitor the oil level on a 2009 vehicle with 52,000 miles. I'll give the dealer a chance, but not real happy right now.

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    Pump a little oil out at 2500 miles and take it back. There is known problem with the rings. Good luck, all the companys suck, does not matter what brand.

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    Ya..I would totally drain some oil out of that thing..how would they know? They are just trying to keep you quiet cause they know there is a issue. Just like the steering box issue..

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    Well the way it's going, I won't have to pump anything out. We burned about two qts the last 3,000 miles or so. It sucks because overall we like the Suburban. Fits most of our needs. Maybe it's time to go back to Ford. I've had three Explorers and they were great. Explorers are not big enough for our family now plus I don't like the looks of the new ones. Not too hot for the Expedition either. Hopefully the dealer just makes it right.

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    In Missouri I think there is a "lemon law" or something like that. If it goes to the shop like more then three times for the same issue you have some kind of legal backing you can use...I think.

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    I hate to see stories like this. I really want to buy American next time, but things like this are not encouraging! A 2009 truck with 52,000 miles should not use any oil. That says a lot for what GM thinks of their vehicles. It is just sad. Americans can do better than that! I have a Toyota with 268,000 miles on it, a Ford with 110,000, and a GM product with 48,000. When we drove to LOTO last month, towing a small boat for a 1400 mile trip (one way), what did we take? The Toyota (with 268K) -- I didn't want any problems along the way. I didn't even check the oil before we left -- it's never used a drop. Would the Ford have made the trip? Probably. Would the GM, maybe. But the safe bet was to take the Toyota. I know I need to replace it soon, and I want to go American made, but it's tough when I see stories like this and an American manufacturer acting like using a quart of oil in 3,000 miles is acceptable in a 2-3 year old truck with 52K. That truck should not have used a quart of oil in all of its 52,000 miles.
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