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Old 15 Dec 2010, 09:38 pm
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Exclamation Honda Engine Oil Low/Need to Keep Checking

I have a 1999 Honda Civic LX. I am always losing oil. Like an idiot, I did not check my oil for a while. When I check it yesterday, it was below the one-quart mark on the dipstick. For all I know, I probably drove weeks with the oil at the level. I refilled the oil yesterday, got an oil change today, and the engine sounds and runs great, like nothing is wrong with it. The only thing that I notice about the car is that there is a lot of valve chattering, especially when the oil level gets lower. It even chatters in the morning when I warm it up, regardless of the oil level.

I am hoping that I did not damage my 1999 Honda Civic's engine too badly from not checking the oil level and taking it for granted that it would be fine.

Can running an engine for days with it below the one-quart mark destroy the engine? Like I said, my engine in this car seems to be running great. I am really concerned that I messed something in the engine up. Hopefully it is only my imagination.

P.S. I have heard of Hondas and Acuras running without oil for up to five minutes before, and they were fine.
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