Apparently oil consumption in the 2007 Camry is commonly reported. Mine is using about 1 qt every 1000 miles. Toyota recommends either 0W-20 or 5W-20 oil and I have been using 5W-20. My question is can I try using 5W-30 oil in an attempt to slow the rate of oil consumption without harming the overall lubrication of the engine. I am wondering if the higher top end viscosity might mean oil will not as readily get into all the little nooks and crannies as a 5W-20 oil?
This Camry was not apparently consuming oil until around 50,000 miles. One day the oil light came on about 3,000 miles after the last oil change, and when I checked the oil was below the lowest mark. I have been checking and adding oil as needed. The Toyota dealer said that some oil consumption is “Normal” after the engine loosens up. In my view it might be common for these 2007 2.4L Camry engines, but consuming a quart of oil ever 1,000 miles should not be expected or normal after only 50,000 miles on a well maintained car like mine. It is a flaw, but if I can slow the oil consumption with a slightly higher viscosity oil it would be less of a hassle. I live near Philadelphia in the winter and Maine in the summer, thus moderate temperatures.