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Old 11-22-2010, 01:03 PM
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Burning oil and transmission fluid

My 2000 prelude tends to burn oil after about a month of driving normal driving. Instead of just adding additional oil I have had a complete oil change. My question is this, is it ok to just add oil myself as this would save me a lot of money or should I just change the oil?

My transmission fluid also needs replacing every 2-3 months. Is it ok to just add more fluid when it gets low or should I replace it completely. It is a manual transmission.
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Re: Burning oil and transmission fluid

Why would you need to replace your transmission fluid (gear oil) every 2-3 months? If I'm not mistaken that should last at least 6 months to a year, if not more.

And yes you can just add in oil. But there are rules to be followed. Number 1, just because you add in oil, doesn't mean you get to go longer between oil changes. Number 2, DO NOT overfill. Be very careful about adding oil. If you are low to the point where your oil is at the bottom fill line on the dipstick, add in a half a quart. Then wait to check it the next morning before you add in more.

Our engine oil needs to be checked COMPLETELY COLD. Otherwise most of the oil will not be in the pan, and you will accidentally overfill it, which puts added stress on seals and can cause your rear main seal to leak, among other things. Protip: If your oil is ever foamy, frothy, like it has a bunch of air bubles in it when you check the dip stick, it means you overfilled it and the crankshaft is churning motor oil. Which is not good, and you need to drain the oil and refill to the proper level.


So what I'm getting at is be very careful adding oil, too little and you'll burn stuff up, too much and you'll be popping seals out.



Anyway your oil problem doesn't sound too bad, trust me mine is worse. However I would start checking for leaks. If your manual transmission fluid is in constant need of refilling/changing, I would suspect a problem.
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Re: Burning oil and transmission fluid

Thanks for the detailed reply and the tips. I would have overfilled the oil for sure.
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If you are worried about leaking engine oil, check out this link. The Official Oil Leak Guide - Preludepower.com
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Re: Burning oil and transmission fluid

how do you not know how to add more oil but do know your tranny fluid level?
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