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Old 01 Jun 2009, 06:25 pm
rickylowary@gmail.com
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Default Need some help once again

well it seems like i'm needing help at least once a year or so, but I
trust you guys well, because you've always been right in the past.
anyways, ran a compression test a few months back. all were at about
180 except for #3, which was 130. A few weeks ago, I took the engine
out, replaced that pistons rings ( even tho I shoulda done all of
them, but couldn't afford it) along with the oil pan gasket, head
gasket, valve cover gasket, all my belts, and a few motor mounts. put
it all back together and it runs like a champ...around town. when i
went out of town the other day, i got about 2 hours down the road and
had to put a quart of oil in the car. also there was a hazy oil
smudge all over my bumper and the back of the trunk. ran another
compression test today and they all checked about between 180 and
165. is this the exhaust valve? seals?

basically i guess i need to figure out what the problem is and decide
whether i need to replace the culprit, get a reman. head, get a jdm
engine, or just sell the car for what its worth. all those parts that
were replaced were OEM courtesy of hondaautomotiveparts.com!

thanks,
Ricky
93 civic lx 1.5
208k miles
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Old 01 Jun 2009, 09:16 pm
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Default Re: Need some help once again

rickylowary@gmail.com wrote:
> well it seems like i'm needing help at least once a year or so, but I
> trust you guys well, because you've always been right in the past.
> anyways, ran a compression test a few months back. all were at about
> 180 except for #3, which was 130. A few weeks ago, I took the engine
> out, replaced that pistons rings ( even tho I shoulda done all of
> them, but couldn't afford it) along with the oil pan gasket, head
> gasket, valve cover gasket, all my belts, and a few motor mounts. put
> it all back together and it runs like a champ...around town. when i
> went out of town the other day, i got about 2 hours down the road and
> had to put a quart of oil in the car. also there was a hazy oil
> smudge all over my bumper and the back of the trunk. ran another
> compression test today and they all checked about between 180 and
> 165. is this the exhaust valve? seals?
>
> basically i guess i need to figure out what the problem is and decide
> whether i need to replace the culprit, get a reman. head, get a jdm
> engine, or just sell the car for what its worth. all those parts that
> were replaced were OEM courtesy of hondaautomotiveparts.com!
>
> thanks,
> Ricky
> 93 civic lx 1.5
> 208k miles


just the rings on #3??? that's highly irregular. what is the
compression on that cylinder now?

and did you deglaze the cylinder before re-fitting the piston? if so,
how did you clean up afterward? also, how did you clean the head/block
before reassembly?

excess oil consumption is typical if rings don't seat or wear
excessively. if you didn't deglaze, the new rings won't seat, or if
they do, only /VERY/ slowly. and it'll suck oil.

otoh, if you used abrasives in cleanup and/or deglazing, you could have
wear problems already. after deglazing, you MUST clean up very
thoroughly because abrasive remains embedded in the metal surface. you
need to scrub the walls thoroughly with a wooden bristled brush and lots
of soapy water to do a good job of clean-up. if you used abrasives on
the head/block, same problem, only it's now stuck in the cylinder/piston
gap.

bottom line, rebuilds, unless undertaken by an anally obsessive freak
that charges a fortune, or you are an anally obsessive freak, are
usually doomed to premature death. much better use of time to buy a
cheapo jdm motor and enjoy a nearly new lease of life.

[beware some jdm - there's a bunch of d15b1's out there. low power due
to a low-lift econo-cam.]
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Old 01 Jun 2009, 10:07 pm
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Yea just on #3. On a college budget, so I really couldn't swallow the
extra 70 for the rest of them at the time. The compression on that
cylinder was around 165. The others ranged between 175 and 180.

I did the work with my girlfriend's dad, who is very particular with
the work. We did deglaze the the cylinder, measured all the rings up
with a feeler gauge, cleaned the piston with a broken old ring, etc.
as far as the head, just used light pressure with a scrape and then
cleaned it up with some sandpaper and wiped it off with a rag. taped
off all the coolant and oil ducts with painters tape to make sure
nothing fell in.

being that i only burn oil on the highway, 3k+ rpms, it just makes me
think that the exhaust valve gets stuck open or something. i have
been looking around for another d15b7 engine, but it seems like that
might be a bit of a challenge..

the only reason i am concerned is because i travel a lot and oil is
definitely not cheap right now haha
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Old 01 Jun 2009, 10:25 pm
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rickylowary@gmail.com wrote:
> Yea just on #3. On a college budget, so I really couldn't swallow the
> extra 70 for the rest of them at the time. The compression on that
> cylinder was around 165. The others ranged between 175 and 180.
>
> I did the work with my girlfriend's dad, who is very particular with
> the work. We did deglaze the the cylinder, measured all the rings up
> with a feeler gauge, cleaned the piston with a broken old ring, etc.
> as far as the head, just used light pressure with a scrape and then
> cleaned it up with some sandpaper and wiped it off with a rag.


next time, use a scraper and solvent only. i've seen this stuff under
the microscope - it's almost impossible to /not/ get abrasive into the
critical parts of the engine if you use abrasives.


> taped
> off all the coolant and oil ducts with painters tape to make sure
> nothing fell in.


paradoxically, the coolant channels are probably the least critical.


>
> being that i only burn oil on the highway, 3k+ rpms, it just makes me
> think that the exhaust valve gets stuck open or something.


doesn't burn oil.


> i have
> been looking around for another d15b7 engine, but it seems like that
> might be a bit of a challenge..


d15b2's do the same job and are readily available.


>
> the only reason i am concerned is because i travel a lot and oil is
> definitely not cheap right now haha


fixing it properly is the right thing to do. technically, you can
repair that motor, but in reality, it's not worth it when you can buy
jdm so easily and so cheap.

depending on state, you could even get [and legally smog] a single cam
zc motor for <$500. those things ROCK. if you're in california,
unfortunately, they're not street legal.
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Old 01 Jun 2009, 11:03 pm
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>
> depending on state, you could even get [and legally smog] a single cam
> zc motor for <$500. *those things ROCK. *if you're in california,
> unfortunately, they're not street legal.


well..im pretty sure down here in the sunshine state they have never
asked for emissions test. whats the full engine code on that?

thanks for all your input

Ricky
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Old 01 Jun 2009, 11:12 pm
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rickylowary@gmail.com wrote:
>> depending on state, you could even get [and legally smog] a single cam
>> zc motor for <$500. �those things ROCK. �if you're in california,
>> unfortunately, they're not street legal.

>
> well..im pretty sure down here in the sunshine state they have never
> asked for emissions test. whats the full engine code on that?
>
> thanks for all your input
>
> Ricky



there are other sources, but this is the one i have in mind.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/88-91-HONDA-CIVIC-SI-ZC-SOHC-1-6-L-JAPANESE-ENGINE-JDM_W0QQitemZ250432875197QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors _Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item3a4ef66abd&_ trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=65%3A1|39%3A1|240%3 A1318

basically the same as the d16a6, but with a more aggressive cam. its
code is "zc", and that's it.

i can vouch for the cam because i have one in my crx - lotsa lotsa fun!!!

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Old 01 Jun 2009, 11:38 pm
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oh wow nice find.

i'm unfamiliar with how the whole liter thing works...any special
things that would need to be done for this to be swapped in or is it
just a straight bolt on exchange...besides the belts, hoses, sensors,
etc..?
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Old 01 Jun 2009, 11:47 pm
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rickylowary@gmail.com wrote:
> oh wow nice find.
>
> i'm unfamiliar with how the whole liter thing works...any special
> things that would need to be done for this to be swapped in or is it
> just a straight bolt on exchange...besides the belts, hoses, sensors,
> etc..?


afaik, it's bolt in - why i mentioned it. seen many such transplants in
junkyards. belts and all accessories are standard d16. oil cooler is
like the prelude, but you shouldn't need to mess with that. get an
exhaust from your generation of ex for best results. otherwise, works
great stock. junkyards are your friend. use quality oil 'cos this
motor revs high and hard and pulls best up at the top end.
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Old 01 Jun 2009, 11:52 pm
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>
> afaik, it's bolt in - why i mentioned it. *seen many such transplants in
> junkyards. *belts and all accessories are standard d16. *oil cooler is
> like the prelude, but you shouldn't need to mess with that. *get an
> exhaust from your generation of ex for best results. *otherwise, works
> great stock. *junkyards are your friend. *use quality oil 'cos this
> motor revs high and hard and pulls best up at the top end.



speaking of the devil, i was just there today. very cool, thanks for
the find. your're a rockstar

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Old 02 Jun 2009, 01:16 am
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wait..a few more things. do these bolt up to an auto tranny ( not
sure if all the zc's are 5 spd) and do they have a space for the air
conditioner? possibly idiotic questions, but you never know

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