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Oil burning? Please help...

Ok here is my story… I own a 2000 Honda Prelude SH with 137K:

About a week ago, just before my oil change was due, my oil light came on as I was driving home from work. So, I arrived home and checked the oil, and low and behold there wasn’t even any oil showing on the stick. So, I took it straight to Part Source to top it up. It needed 4 bottles of oil! The guy who helped me, who seemed honest, said that it was quite possible that the place I go to for oil changes does not fill it up all the way. That sounded reasonable to me, since the place I go to only charges 20 bucks for a change.

Today I went to the place that does my changes and asked them if they fill it up to the max, and they said yes they do. So I told them my story and they said maybe my car was losing oil pressure around the rings and engine walls, and they could run a test against that to see if it is true. The test costs $80 (an hour’s labour). Does that sound legit, or should I not do that, take my car somewhere else for a change, and see what happens?

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Re: Oil burning? Please help...

well they either didn't fill it up all the way, and/or your burning alotta oil. regardless of what the scenario is, running the engine 4 quarts low is ALOTTT of oil missing, almost all of it. (i'm pretty sure H22's take 5 quarts??) pray to goddd that you didn't mess anything up running that low on oil, but i have a feeling you did.

they're most likely going to perform a compression test, just ask and confirm if that's what they're gonna do. this tests how much compression the cylinder is holding, and/or if it's leaking pressure anywhere. it's most likely gonna come up your piston rings are done, which will need to be replaced, and is not an easy/cheap job.
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well they either didn't fill it up all the way, and/or your burning alotta oil. regardless of what the scenario is, running the engine 4 quarts low is ALOTTT of oil missing, almost all of it. (i'm pretty sure H22's take 5 quarts??) pray to goddd that you didn't mess anything up running that low on oil, but i have a feeling you did.

they're most likely going to perform a compression test, just ask and confirm if that's what they're gonna do. this tests how much compression the cylinder is holding, and/or if it's leaking pressure anywhere. it's most likely gonna come up your piston rings are done, which will need to be replaced, and is not an easy/cheap job.
Yeah, you're right, its a compression test. I have been driving the car (highway and city) for about two weeks since I had to get the oil topped up, and I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. How would I know if I messed anything up? Is the compression test worth it?
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Re: Oil burning? Please help...

I would definitely be checking your oil level every time you go somewhere to insure it's not low. Have you already checked the entire engine to make sure no oil is leaking out of a seal?

I know a lot of people say H22's always burn a lot of oil but I think it's a bunch of BS from people not performing adequate maintenance...
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