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Old 11-06-2011, 02:41 PM
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98' Prelude burns alot of oil

My sons 98' Prelude and it burns oil like crazy like two quarts within a 100 miles..''it doesn't leak or drip on the ground''.
Just last week the head was gone through..with new oil seals,valves,guides,timing belt,plugs,wires. Since having it back it still uses as much oil and has the black film dust on the back bumper.
The leak down test before and after all came out within honda specs as well as compression ... the car has 160,000 only thing left is the rings to be the culprit.
any help is great....
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

Black soot on the bumper is just how it's burning fuel - not the oil. Maybe needs a seafoam done with some new o2 sensors afterwards. You're using 92 in the car right?


Our cars are known to burn a quart ever oil change at the least - if you've had the valve stem seals and guides replaced than it sounds like the head is fine. Compression is fine as well - hmm Maybe you should consider the rings. Just because the compression test gives good results doesn't always mean they aren't on their way out, just means that the motor has some compression.
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

thanks for the reply..the rings are the only thing left to fix but Ill sell the dam thing before that happens 3k for an engine upgrade.. after 1k in the head work...not happening right now it's a money pit.
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

My car has the exact same problem. You could try to get another engine cheap like eBay or someone else you know, but if your gonna sell it, then no point.
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

How about the bottom end? Main seal, could it be leaking into the transmission or maybe bad rings. That's a lot of oil 2 qts in a 100 miles. It should be smoking white whenever you run it.
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

It has bluish/black film on the rear bumper as well as smokin from the exhaust plus I can see black stuff blown onto the cement after you start it from the tail pipe were it sits.
My son drove 90 miles today and on the dip stick the oil level went from the top hole to the bottom hole. This dang cars a mess with the oil situation..
but runs ok and everything works fine.
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

I give 80 percent it's the rings. I have the exact problem. I've spent too much cash on my car to sell it. If your son truly loves the car, tell him to save up and get a new engine. A theory I heard was you can get a f22 block and fuse it with the h22 head. F22 blocks are really cheap... Just a suggestion.
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

I could maybe check out some H22 motors out here in Japan. There are a few in the junk yard. If you interested, let me know I will find out a price on the motor and for shipping.
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Re: 98' Prelude burns alot of oil

Thanks guys I'll let you know if I do an engine swap...
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