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constant oil burn during VTEC

Im owned this car just over a couple of months now, and I average a qt of oil every 2 weeks. When the VTEC kicks in there is a cloud coming from the exhaust all the way to redline, I can see it at night in the headlights behind me. The engine was rebuilt before I bought the car, not sure whats causing so much excessive oil consumption. I know these cars burn oil, but I cant imagine this is normal. Im not overly hard on the car, mainly just spirited driving. Any ideas how to resolve this? or at least whats causing it. thanks
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

Burning oil when in vtec is normal.


Quit roping on the gas pedal so often and keep an eye on your oil level.
(this includes hitting redline.... not a good idea)


As long as you have no oil leaks, your piston rings may have not been seated properly when the motor was rebuilt and could have blow by.... but I'd expect much more oil loss.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

Ive been searching and everyone says to stay out of vtec,and dont go to redline. Why bother buying a sports car if you have to drive like a grandma? I should have stuck w an accord
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

If your having problems with your motor then redlining it isnt gonna help any. Your just shortening its lifespan. Get the problem fixed then go at it all you want. Just because you have a "sports" car doesnt mean you have to drive like an idiot in it.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

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If your having problems with your motor then redlining it isnt gonna help any. Your just shortening its lifespan. Get the problem fixed then go at it all you want. Just because you have a "sports" car doesnt mean you have to drive like an idiot in it.
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Ive been searching and everyone says to stay out of vtec,and dont go to redline. Why bother buying a sports car if you have to drive like a grandma? I should have stuck w an accord

...I'd say you should have been swallowed, but that's just my opinion.


Don't you think if everyone is saying it.... you should listen to their advice?




Just sell your car.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

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Ive been searching and everyone says to stay out of vtec,and dont go to redline. Why bother buying a sports car if you have to drive like a grandma? I should have stuck w an accord
Accords have VTEC too, assshole. I own a 99 and it burns oil like a sieve on fire when in VTEC. I'm used to it, I knew that when buying the car. It also doesn't help that the poor thing has been ragged on for probably a lot of the 187,000 miles it currently has. What do I do? Stay out of VTEC unless I absolutely need it, and shift before 4K. Not because I want to drive like a grandma, simply because I want my car to last, not blow up because I don't know how to treat it.

It'll get rebuilt soon ish though. Whether with high compression pistons and nice cams/valvetrain, or yank the H and trans in favor of a K24A2 and accompanying 6 speed. Then I can dog it all I want, It's much harder to kill something with a timing chain versus timing belt. It responds to mods better than an H ever will and I can finally give the Prelude that sixth gear it's always needed.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

Valve seals? Apparently your engine was not rebuild. You got jipped.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

Mine burnt a quart a month when new. At 138K it's a quart a week. I have increased that consumption every time I hit vtec for the life of the car. It's a long explanation but keep the oil topped religiously and make sure your getting the privilege of paying for good premium and you'll drive it a long time. Carry ooil. Welcome to the Prelude and vtec!
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

I forgot...she runs like a striped ass ape...
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

H22 is the problem :( And lol you don't need to carry oil around like the guy above me said. Just keep a eye on it now and then and don't hit VTEC as often.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

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Accords have VTEC too, assshole. I own a 99 and it burns oil like a sieve on fire when in VTEC. I'm used to it, I knew that when buying the car. It also doesn't help that the poor thing has been ragged on for probably a lot of the 187,000 miles it currently has. What do I do? Stay out of VTEC unless I absolutely need it, and shift before 4K. Not because I want to drive like a grandma, simply because I want my car to last, not blow up because I don't know how to treat it.

It'll get rebuilt soon ish though. Whether with high compression pistons and nice cams/valvetrain, or yank the H and trans in favor of a K24A2 and accompanying 6 speed. Then I can dog it all I want, It's much harder to kill something with a timing chain versus timing belt. It responds to mods better than an H ever will and I can finally give the Prelude that sixth gear it's always needed.
Asshole? Seriously? You should get swallowed? what the hell does that mean? My God people, you need to chill out a bit, dont you think?
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

I thought powerband starts loosing power after 7500? Vtec burns oil. That cloud is bad though. Has Never happened to me
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

I say just go easy on her. It's a 14 year old car, with a motor that was designed over 20 years ago, when 100k miles was still a big deal. And yes, H22s will normally burn oil, especially in VTEC. Mine is a 98 as well, and I have similar oil consumption/leaking to yours. Check your oil at every fill up and it will be fine. The H22 is a little rough around the edges, but it's generally pretty tough too.

About that smoke - what color is it? Mine smokes too, but it's dark smoke, meaning my car burns rich, which makes sense because my engine light is on from a worn out converter. Dark smoke from an H series in VTEC is also common.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

This is a slight hijack... But is the optimal shifting rpm for staying in the powerband?
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

you should shift according to the power demand and not some numbers.. get to know your particular engine and adapt your style to it or vice versa.

mine is 4-6 for my style of driving.

i carry a quart of oil, some brake fluid, trans fluid, a gallon of antifreeze mix, a small air compressor, jump battery and a phone charger.
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Re: constant oil burn during VTEC

my car keeeeeps on pullin i could run that thing to 8 if it let me but i never have had my needle touch the red . and i have to wash my car everyother day basically to keep the soot off and my cars black. my new license plate is stained also
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