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Old 26 Mar 2005, 06:45 pm
rynniki
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Default how to tell if car is burning oil

hey guys I am back with another question. How can I tell if my car is
burning oil? I am very narotic about my car lol. its the only car we have
that works and i cant afford for anymore repairs.

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Old 26 Mar 2005, 07:06 pm
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Default Re: how to tell if car is burning oil

You could put some cardboard or newspaper under the car when you park
it in your driveway and see if it drips. If it doesn't drip, yet you
are losing oil, you are burining it.

If it is indeed burning oil, it could be your PVC valve and that is a
very inexpensive replacement and easily replaced part, if you do it
yourself.

If it is leaking, it could be a seal somwhere and those can be trickier
to find because oil tends to travel.

I'd consider how much oil is lost. If you have to add some once it a
while, it can be lived with and is not a big deal. Just make sure you
never let it run low.

Remco

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Old 26 Mar 2005, 07:18 pm
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Default Re: how to tell if car is burning oil

PCV valve, that is.(slip of the finger)


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Old 26 Mar 2005, 07:32 pm
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Default Re: how to tell if car is burning oil

thanks alot, i am sitting here thinking i havent seen any on the ground i
just got the oil changed when i had the other work done,the guy who
changed my oil got it everywhere,its on the fan and the fan casing, i
yelled at him. ichecked my dipstick and it was above the second dot.also
is it normal to have condensation in the muffler, we have a after market
exhaust on i dont know what kind it is. and also do honda engines have a
tendancy to be noisy???? sorry for all the questions

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Old 26 Mar 2005, 08:56 pm
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<cd2e19c188236d9ba462721b195b5ac4@localhost.talkab outautos.com>, "rynniki"
<rynniki@wmconnect.com> wrote:

> hey guys I am back with another question. How can I tell if my car is
> burning oil? I am very narotic about my car lol. its the only car we have
> that works and i cant afford for anymore repairs.


After you replace the PCV valve--do this about once a day or once a week
to see if your car is burning or leaking oil.

When the engine is cold and the vehicle is on level ground--check the oil.
Write down on a sheet of paper the results.

After about a month--you should be able to determine how much oil your
Honda is burning or leaking. Also--check under the car before or after you
check the oil to determine if you see a pool of oil. If you do--use a
flashlite to attempt to determine where it is learking from.

Report to us after a month and tell us the results.

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Old 27 Mar 2005, 05:39 am
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Default Re: how to tell if car is burning oil

Should I see if I am burning oil before I change the PVC? I think I am
fine.

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Old 27 Mar 2005, 06:17 am
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Default Re: how to tell if car is burning oil

rynniki wrote:
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> Should I see if I am burning oil before I change the PVC? I think I am
> fine.


What model and year car is this (perhaps I missed that info in a prior
post)? If the PVC valve is easily accessible, then I would remove it and
shake it. If it rattles then it's probably ok but, even so, if you haven't
replaced it in a while (the service interval is 60K miles) then go ahead and
replace it. If it doesn't rattle and you don't want to get a new one just
yet, then you can usually clean them out with some carburetor cleaner spray.

Eric
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Old 27 Mar 2005, 08:03 am
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Default Re: how to tell if car is burning oil

it is a 1994 civic dx,we bought it used from someone we know,i dont know if
the pvc has beem changed,did you read my other questions too

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Old 27 Mar 2005, 08:03 am
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it is a 1994 civic dx,we bought it used from someone we know,i dont know if
the pvc has beem changed,did you read my other questions too

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Old 27 Mar 2005, 08:07 am
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<cd2e19c188236d9ba462721b195b5ac4@localhost.talkab outautos.com>,
"rynniki" <rynniki@wmconnect.com> wrote:

> hey guys I am back with another question. How can I tell if my car is
> burning oil?


You check the oil. Is the level getting lower as you drive the car?

If so, then you check for leaks. Do you see any signs of oil leaks
underneath?

If so, you probably have a leak. If not, you should check the exhaust.
Do you see blue smoke, especially at startup?

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