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synthetic/regular?

hey peoples, i just bought a 98 prelude with 170k on it, so far im LOVINGGG the car! i just got a quick noob question, does it require synthetic oil? or regular oil is fine? &how can i know if the previous owners used synthetic/regular? THANKS!!
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Re: synthetic/regular?

I don't see why people don't put synthetic. It's not much more then regular and it improves the vehicles life. I even use synthetic in my minivan.
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I've used Mobil 1 full synthetic since I've owned the car and the internals look great.
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I've used Mobil 1 full synthetic since I've owned the car and the internals look great.
ok cool, so if he previously used regular if i use synthetic now will it be fine?
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I would switch to part syn for a while then switch to full later
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ok cool, so if he previously used regular if i use synthetic now will it be fine?
Yes you will be fine using FULL SYNTHETIC. You don't have to break it in with synthetic blends or anything like that.
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Re: synthetic/regular?

It does not require synthetic to answer the question. I use regular 5w30 in mine.
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Re: synthetic/regular?

There is no telling if the previous owner used synth or Dino, you can remove the oil filler cap and see what the cam journals look like. Just look in at an angle and use a flashlight. You could also take a pic in MACRO mode on a camera. Post what you find!
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Re: synthetic/regular?

Previous owner used sythenic and so do I mobil 1
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Re: synthetic/regular?

Use full synthetic. I use Mobile 1 full synthetic extended. I'ved heard that mobile 1 testroys o rings with time because it drys them out or some crap?! Idk never heard of this. None the less in about 7k ill be switching to castrol full synthetic supposed doesn't burn as quick.
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Re: synthetic/regular?

^I never heard that? Hm my dad used mobil 1 in his accord the whole time he had it never once had a oil leak.
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Re: synthetic/regular?

Honda recommends mobil 1 for synthetic oil, they probably have a contract with each other, but I use it and it solved my oil burning.

I'm even experimenting with marvel's mystery oil too under Chris's referral.
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Re: synthetic/regular?

If the engine has run on regular most of its life its best if you just stick with regular i wouldn't recommend you start putting in Synthetic with such a high mileage engine that has run on regular all its life since it has built up seals inside the block and adding synthetic may possibly destroy the seals and ruin the engine over time. But thats if the previous owner used conventional only. To be on the safe side i would stick with a synthetic blend that way its 50/50.
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Problems with Mobil 1??? If my used vehicle ran on Dino-blend, I choose mobil1's equivalent; my gto runs only full synth. The Oil works man. You talking myth Ace? If you change from one company to another, that could be disastrous, they use different chemical compositions, so that can damage seals or cause the oil to sludge faster.

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I'm using a little MMO in my oil for the first time, I'm only like 300 miles into it and my oil is already starting to turn black. Time for an oil change soon lol.
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Ok, don't change the oil, put a new filter and add the amount of oil you lose in the change back. If you're doing the engine cleanup before the next 3000 miles, change your filter every 1000, just adding back the oil you lose in the filter change. Use cheap filters, since you're tossing them in 1000 miles.

Then use all clean oil and new filter . You can repeat the process for as long as you want, I personally wouldn't do it after 6000 miles, it's overkill if you use a great filter after the first 3000 miles. The quart of MMO you used is supposed to help the oil, but really clean off/loosen deposits you don't want in your clean oil.
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I was testing the MMO basically 4 ounces I put into it, not a quart, that was damn enough to do something. I did it at like 3500 miles into it. I'm due for an oil change in the next 1500 more or less. Would you like me to drive the entire 5000 for you, do an oil change, then run the MMO like directed and continue to change the oil filter? I can do that.
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No. If you're comfortable with what you're doing, great Joshua. I thought you did the quart. If you want, at the change, drain a quart, replace with the MMO, run the car for 20 minutes, drain and complete the oil change. Use all oil and that's it.

If you look into MMO it's part distillate, so it's not great to keep in your oil system, despite what it says, add it to gas every 8-10 gallon fill up (4oz.) If you want to clean up the injectors and cylinders. Your car is more important than a bottle of 5.00 MMO.
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B20As are cheap, lol, I'm being careful when it comes to using it in the oil.

I'm experimenting with it to see what happens with my valve train and such. Think of me using a little bit as breaking into it, before I use a quart. Here's a gameplan. I'll run the 4 ounces for a few more hundred miles. Drain and replace my oil. I'll do 20% mmo this time and then run that for 1500 miles. Once that's done, I'll drain, then run oil only. I wanna see what it can do for my car, especially since we have noisy valve trains lol.
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Sounds like a plan man, mine wasn't noisy when it died. Irony at its best. The most you should add is 1qt of marvel to 6 quart system. So preludes take what, 4? Put half 16 oz to four? Bob is the oil guy has tons of threads on this, just experiment until you reach your goals.

Or... Dual remote oil filter kit. I was gonna run one, adds other quart of oil to my system, and two filters, cheap for the first pass, good filter for the smaller stuff. You just change filters and add 1 quart of oil. That's boss.
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I'm using a little MMO in my oil for the first time, I'm only like 300 miles into it and my oil is already starting to turn black. Time for an oil change soon lol.
The color of your oil means nothing about it's life unless it's like crazy thick. Same thing happens with my prelude. Also with most diesels the minute you change the oil and start the motor, and recheck it, it will be black right away. The color of fluids is a big misconception in this business....just because it turns dark means nothing of it life/chemical breakdown.
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Re: synthetic/regular?

You missed something, I'm relating the color of the oil to me using mmo in it.

It was the regular light brown synthetic tint, until suddenly after putting in a little bit of mmo and now it's becoming dark. This is within a few hundred miles. The oil was clean and clear for the 3000 miles I've driven on it, some 300 miles on top of that, the only difference being the use of mmo, it's becoming black.
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thanks for the help guys! i appreciate it!
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You missed something, I'm relating the color of the oil to me using mmo in it.

It was the regular light brown synthetic tint, until suddenly after putting in a little bit of mmo and now it's becoming dark. This is within a few hundred miles. The oil was clean and clear for the 3000 miles I've driven on it, some 300 miles on top of that, the only difference being the use of mmo, it's becoming black.
Ohhh. Yea the mmo is suppose to help clean out all the gunk so yea def change out the oil and filter earlier. We use an engine flush where I work that you run for 5 min then change out the oil. It is actually really good I plan to use it on mine before I change my head gasket.
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honda vtec oil is mobile 1 part sythetic and to be honest as long as you change your oil every 3000 or even before that it dont even matter what kind of oil you use
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honda vtec oil is mobile 1 part sythetic and to be honest as long as you change your oil every 3000 or even before that it dont even matter what kind of oil you use
O.o I want vtec oil
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O.o I want vtec oil
you can get it at any honda dealerships thats what they use when they change your oil if your too lazy to do it yourself but you can buy it by the quart
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Sh!t, I've been wasting all this money I make on full synthetic oil, she I could have had vtec for my GTO

I'm guessing your referring to the break-in oil that cars come with when new? I hope so, LOL!
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