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Old 01-28-2008, 11:19 AM
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help with oil type for 98 prelude sh!

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I noticed last night that the little squared light thats below the speedometer was red when it used to be a sort of faded green....so I thought "what could this be?" and decided to check around in my engine- finally I decided to take a look at the motor oil level and appearantly i'm almost running on dry....

My question is, what type of oil should I buy to put in there- its a 98 honda prelude SH. Completely stock- I don't want any super special kinds or anything 'cause I'm having a full oil check and 31 point inspection done on saturday, I just need oil to get by for the week.

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Old 01-28-2008, 11:42 AM
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I noticed last night that the little squared light thats below the speedometer was red when it used to be a sort of faded green....so I thought "what could this be?" and decided to check around in my engine- finally I decided to take a look at the motor oil level and appearantly i'm almost running on dry....

My question is, what type of oil should I buy to put in there- its a 98 honda prelude SH. Completely stock- I don't want any super special kinds or anything 'cause I'm having a full oil check and 31 point inspection done on saturday, I just need oil to get by for the week.

Thanks!!!!
Go to pep boys and look in the book they have, it will tell you what weight is recommended, what kind of bulbs your car needs, etc..... Also, I'd like to note that that little "red square" is a dummy light... it's not hooked up to any sensors... this light turning red and your motor running dry are merely coincidental. That square changes color for recommended service intervals. (I forget the actual intervals), but it basically changes color when you hit certain mileages. If you look in your owners manual and see what your mileage is, you can see what the recommended service is... it's probably trying to tell you that it's time to have your timing belt serviced. In other words, even after you add oil to your car, that light/indicator is going to stay red until you reset it yourself, or have a dealer reset it for you... It's easy I think, search around I think it's been covered... I know you can find out how somewhere.
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just put in some castrol gtx 'high mileage' for now.
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Edit: These answers were taken from wikianswer.


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Q: How do you reset the maintenance required light on a 98 Honda Accord LX 2.2L after 60000 miles?



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I'm not entirely sure about the Accord, but this answer works for the same year of Civic, Prelude, and Acura (Honda) Integra. It will probably work for the Accord, too. On the typical Honda gauge layout, there is a small, rectangular, recessed button directly to the left of the "Maintenance Required" light. Using your car key, you can press this button in, which will cause the light to turn green. The maintenance light (at least on my Civic) will come on about every 4000 miles if not reset (for oil changes), and also periodically for other scheduled maintenance.

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on the '97 accord in the dash panel layout, near the mileage, is a small black box, your key should fit right into it, push it in and it should go away. you can also look in the owner's manual, it'll say in there. the light usually comes on after so many miles, and most places that aren't the dealer won't know to put the key in there to reset it so it might come on before maintenance is needed.

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With the key off, hold down the trip meter reset button. turn the key on and continue holding the reset button in until the maintenance light goes off, about 10 seconds. Source: owners manual.


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You take it to the dealer (or a very knowledgable specialist shop - for a Honda one should be fairly easy to find locally, and have the required servicing done...

At 60,000 miles, many modern cars require replacement of the timing belt. Although the procedure is probably the most costly of the Scheduled Maintenance Items, unlike many more mundane items such as changing the wiper blades, oil, or tires, failure to replace this belt in a timely (pardon the pun) fashion will, in most modern cars, *DESTROY* the engine when (not if---*when*) the timing belt does fail.

Common Parts to Replace a Timing Belt: Timing Belt 3-5 Miscellaneous pulleys Hydraulic belt tensioner assembly and pulley. On some cars, this is a good time to replace the water pump, since you're already pulling the front of the engine that far apart, anyway. Total cost: $600-800 is probably not unreasonable.

Common Parts to Replace a FAILED Timing Belt: Timing Belt 3-5 Miscellaneous pulleys Hydraulic belt tensioner assembly and pulley. On some cars, this is a good time to replace the water pump, since you're already pulling the front of the engine that far apart, anyway. 1 cylinder head 16 valves 1-4 pistons damaged when the valves smack into them reworking the inside of the cylinders if they get scratched or scored. Towing costs. rental car costs. etc.

Just take it in... =) Total cost: $600-800 is probably not unreasonable.
So there you have it... a couple of (different) answers... they are all fairly easy and one of them I'm sure will work... (the key one sounds most relevant since we have that little rectangular thing they are talking about). Also.. don't forget that this light did after all come on for a recommended maintenance.... you might wanna get your Timing belt checked bro. I'd also like to note, that my light doesn't come on every 4,000 miles like that guy said his does...
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The light is supposed to change to red after 7,500 miles and orange when it is nearing the 7,500
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I use max life and it doesnt burn off as fast as some oils do like mobil 1
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I want to say thanks to you guys, I've got to say you are the friendliest forum I've been a member of and I really appreciate that someone is always willing to help
I found the little button that resets it- its green now hehe. This saturday i'm getting an oil check and a 41 point inspection and hopefully with in a month or two i'll be having a timing belt kit put it- includes belts, water pump and other gaskets and seals...all for around $350, is that a good price?

I would like something cleared once and for all- I keep hearing that timing belts breaking doesn't really do any damage to the engine but i also hear that if you break a timing belt that you practically break the engine, which is true and which is false?

I had a really strong built 5.0 mustang and i broke belts at the track more than twice, i always kept a spare and nothing ever happened to my engine- why would it be any different on an import? =\
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The difference is whether or not the motor is an "interference" motor, which our motors are. An interference motor is a motor whose valves, when pushed open, come far enough into the cylinder block that if the timing were not set right, the pistons would actually make contact with them, bending them horribly, and causing head damage (as well as possible piston and/or block damage, etc...). In a non interference motor, the valves are never brought into the path of the pistons under normal operation, therefore the danger does not exist. When your timing belt breaks, your cams will stop spinning, causing any valves that are open to stay open, but the inertia of the crankshaft/piston/connecting rods will cause them to continue spinning/pumping for at least another couple rotations before they come to a stop, so in your interference motor, whatever valves remained open, are now almost definitely bent/broken. In a non interference motor... no big deal, just need to get a new belt and reset your timing... but in your interference motor, you're gonna need somewhere between 1 and 16 valves, possible headwork, and possible block work...

So, to sum up... get your timing belt replaced! :-P

Also, 350 is a very good price. However, make sure you use an oem honda timing belt, as you can see now that this is a very important part. I also hear that greddy makes a really good timing belt, but that it is much more expensive than oem.

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excellent, that answers my question perfectly.
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