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Old 16 Jan 2008, 12:31 am
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Default how do i keep my honda's engine in good condition?

its a 95 honda civic ex all stock. anyway i dont know alot about cars but i want to keep it running good. its got about 185k miles and i commonly drive it at high rpms. so whats the best oil to use? and any other tips on what i should do to keep it running good? thanksid like to put more power into the engine also where should i start?
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 12:46 am
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If you want to keep the engine in good condition, abandon your intent to get more power from it. The engine was designed to produce a certain amount of power. The more you ask of it, the harder it runs, the less likely it is going to be to last long.Sure, you can upgrade all the parts, and attempt to postpone the damage, but if it was meant to be a higher horsepower engine, it would have been built that way in the first place.Also, stop driving it at high rpms. All that's doing is increasing speed and heat inside your engine, which is no good for it. Particularly, if it's not serving a purpose. Drive normal, switch over to some synthetic oils, have the gaskets/seals switched out on schedule, etc, and the engine should last you a long time.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:01 am
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dont beat on your car. thats rule number one with any car. this means dont EVER drive at high rpms, doing that, your just asking for engine problems. ive got a 98 civic ex and i generally dont let the rpm guage go above 3000 rpm. i use synthetic oil (the ones made for high mileage) and it works fine. so long as you dont drive at high rpms, your car should be fine.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:16 am
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Simple. Routine maintenance. Drive it like you are grandma with no extra money (no high rpm's). Change the oil on schedule. Along with tune-ups, timing belt, water pump and anti-freeze. at the schedule maintenance points.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:31 am
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Keeping is in good condition requires controlled driving. Forcing the car to perform above normal wear on a consistent basis will shorten its life. Take it in for regular tune-us, and replace things as they are worn or slightly before.But if you want more power, you'll need one with a bigger stock engine. Maybe when it comes time for you to get a new car, moving up to an Accord or even an Acura would gve you the added power with less strain on the engine.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:46 am
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good ways to keep it good is dont drive it a high RPM. driving at high RPMs is just making the engine die faster. I own 2 civics (one is a blown motor =/) and i rarely beat on any of them. you should check between every oil change in the motor to make sure theres no grease or any leaks. i do an oil change every 2500 miles on both to keep it running clean. Also what i do is every 2 or 3 months when your low on gas to put some fuel injection cleaner. if you want power out of your civic but dont want to go all out you can do simple basics such as intake, exhuast system, headers. should be able to get maybe an extra 40 or little more HP out of it.
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