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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:22 am
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Default I bought an 06 Honda Civic LX Couple last year, and already having problems! Help!?

I had my oil changed 3 months ago. I've been really anal about keep up with maintenence of my car. I just checked my oil and found that it was completely empty! There have been no oil puddles on my driveway. Luckily I'm still under warrant but I'm furious because I thought Hondas lasted forever. I'm really concerned because if Honda does decide to repair it, there are chances that then engine is proabbly already bad because I don't know how long it's been running without out. It was literally "empty" No oil on the dipstick. What should I do? Who should I call? Would I be able to just get a new car? Also, the dealership that I got it from is no help. I work 40 hours a week and asked for a ride/loaner car and they said that I just have to wait all week and bring it in on the weekend. I'm soo upset.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:24 am
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take it back the dealer its der responsibility, it still has a a warranty so its der job to fix it. u dont see any puddles of oil in ur driveway or places bcause the oil leaks little by little while ur driving.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:27 am
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I think you got it all wrong about the dip stick. If the engine has no oil and all for 5 mins, the car shouldnt be able to run, because the engine will overheat and the car will die immediately if the computer does not shut down the car.Go bring it to the dealer for ur next oil change.Any honda dealer can covers waranty fix, they are not dealer specified. I really doubt anything is wrong. I think it was the dipstick, not the engine.Another thing about waranty fix is, if the engine has a hole and oil leak, then Honda will fix it, if the oil filter fell off due to the bad job the guy who changed the oil for you, they will not be covered, cuz they blame him for it.But note one thing first, Honda and Toyota is a reliable car, but they are not indestructable, they do break sometimes, just less than Ford and GM, dont get it wrong.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:31 am
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take it back and say so much s**t to them and if they don't take it threaten them that if they don't fix it or you will sue
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:33 am
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After you get the oil topped up to the normal operating levels, keep an eye on it. You know, check the oil every week or so on the weekend and chart what happens. If you notice that it has gone down substantially since you got it back, then you do know that something is up and should be looked at right away.But if it's going down a little at a time, then it's nothing to worry about. My car loses about an 1/8th to 1/4 of it's oil over the 5000km I go between changes, and it's a brand new engine.As part of my schooling, I studied 2 months at a Honda dealership, and I found out that Honda 4 cylinders can actually run quite a long time with an empty oil pan. We had an Acura 1.7EL (Acuras version of the last Gen- Civic Si) and it had a completely empty oil pan for the time between maitences. I wouldn't recommend it of course, but they are very durable engines that can atleast go for a small distance with no oil in the pan.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:36 am
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Engines burn oil during break-in. Even Hondas. So relax. And just because there is no oil on the dipper doesn't mean there is no oil in the engine. It also could be that the mechanic just messed up. Put your big boy pants on and change it yourself next time. I would never trust anyone else to change the oil in ANY of my cars.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:39 am
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if there are no leaks then your civic with no oil would end up costing whoever changed your oil last...if they didn not put oil in it then its there fault not hondas...but if it under warranty then that would be a hard case cause like i said if there are no leaks which on a new civic there arnt many problems with them leaking so it would probably be who ever did your oil change...if its the dealer that is making u wait then they are probably worried that u will make them pay for a new engine keep aggervating them and get the number for there honda rep and call him...but be nice honda will bend over backwards to keep customers satisfied
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:42 am
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The obvious question to ask is did the Engine Light or the Oil Light come on on the dash? If not then you really have nothing to worry about as the computer that regulates the various systems would have undoubtedly triggered these lights to come on if there was a problem. Remember there is still some oil in the system (about a quart) even if the dipstick is dry.If you had your oil changed at the dealership take it back and ask them to look up the date the oil was changed and then have them recheck the oil level and if necessary top it off. Then as has been previously suggested check your oil level every week and keep a record of this level to show the dealership.If the oil was changed by an independent then by all means take it to the dealership and ask THEM to do the job again. You can then monitor the oil levels and you will know if your independent made a potentially expensive error. I have always used the dealership for all my services as I can then ask for a favor when I need a ride or a loaner as I have a relationship with them. If this dealership is less than helpful then see if there is another dealership close by, otherwise call and speak to the General Manager and explain your issue. Believe me you will get results as the GM knows that an unsatisfied customer will not be a future car purchaser.Rest easy if the lights did not come on you are in no danger.
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