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Old 29 Aug 2007, 08:23 pm
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Default '01 Civic EX: Oil Usage vs. Oil Weight

My '01 Civic EX, 235K miles (mostly I-95 commuting @ 100 miles/day) is using
about 1/2 qt. 5W-20 per 4000 miles.
I go 8000 miles (4 months) between oil changes. (Maint.manual states 10,000
mi. interval). Should I start thinking of using a heavier oil, 5W-30 ,
at this time ?


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Old 29 Aug 2007, 08:28 pm
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Default Re: '01 Civic EX: Oil Usage vs. Oil Weight

Z_2K wrote:
> My '01 Civic EX, 235K miles (mostly I-95 commuting @ 100 miles/day) is using
> about 1/2 qt. 5W-20 per 4000 miles.
> I go 8000 miles (4 months) between oil changes. (Maint.manual states 10,000
> mi. interval). Should I start thinking of using a heavier oil, 5W-30 ,
> at this time ?
>

Hi,
Why not? Make sure PCV is in good shape. What is the mileage on odometer?
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Old 29 Aug 2007, 09:24 pm
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Default Re: '01 Civic EX: Oil Usage vs. Oil Weight

No

"Z_2K" <NONE@jam_on.com> wrote in message
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> My '01 Civic EX, 235K miles (mostly I-95 commuting @ 100 miles/day) is
> using about 1/2 qt. 5W-20 per 4000 miles.
> I go 8000 miles (4 months) between oil changes. (Maint.manual states
> 10,000 mi. interval). Should I start thinking of using a heavier oil,
> 5W-30 ,
> at this time ?
>
>



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Old 31 Aug 2007, 04:42 pm
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"Tony Hwang" <dragon40@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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> Z_2K wrote:
>> My '01 Civic EX, 235K miles (mostly I-95 commuting @ 100 miles/day) is
>> using about 1/2 qt. 5W-20 per 4000 miles.
>> I go 8000 miles (4 months) between oil changes. (Maint.manual states
>> 10,000 mi. interval). Should I start thinking of using a heavier oil,
>> 5W-30 ,
>> at this time ?
>>


> Hi,
> Why not? Make sure PCV is in good shape. What is the mileage on odometer?


" My '01 Civic EX, 235K miles (mostly I-95 commuting @ 100 miles/day)..."


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Old 31 Aug 2007, 04:44 pm
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"doug" <NOSPAM@SPAMFREE.com> wrote in message
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> No
>

OK....I guess I'm now supposed to reply "Why not ?"


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Old 03 Sep 2007, 04:24 pm
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"Z_2K" <NONE@jam_on.com> wrote in message
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> "doug" <NOSPAM@SPAMFREE.com> wrote in message
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>> No
>>

> OK....I guess I'm now supposed to reply "Why not ?"
>


Two reasons:

1.You stated that you are using only one quart in 8000 miles between oil
changes. All things considered, that is fantastic - especially on a vehicle
with 235k miles. It is normal for an engine to use a little bit of oil. In
your case, I'd say that the oil usage is well within acceptable guidelines,
and should not be a concern.

2. Auto companies provide oil specs for their vehicles for a very good
reason - it's what works best. You can be sure a lot of time and testing
went into the 5W-20 oil spec for your car. The fact that it is still running
well and using so little oil after 235k miles validates Honda's advice, in
my opinion.

doug


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