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Old 05-30-2011, 06:18 PM
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Burning oil in odd patterns

I have an h22a4 w 150k miles on it. I topped off my oil two weeks ago today. I checked my oil last Monday (exactly one week after i topped off, i drive about 200 miles a week) and it was still completely full. Then i checked today, after 2 weeks (so about 400 total miles, 200 since my last check) and i was a little over a quart low. Whats up with me not burning a drop in week one and over a quart in week 2? Any thoughts? And is this amount of oil consumption fairly normal?
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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

depends how u drive, did u hit vtec the same number of times each time u measure, or somewhat close?
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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

Yep. About twice a week, i dont drive it very hard
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My Observations

1: How much oil the engine burns is dependent on how hot it is out side for some reason.Being that the engines temperature is controlled by a thermostat ,its hard to understand why that is so.It may be because of the fact that because hot air is less dense, one has to run the engine at higher rpms as the outside tempt goes up in order to make up for the loss of power due to the less dense air going into the engine.Higher rpms= more fuel consumption.
2:Holding the engine revs below about 4k rpms and not demanding to much power from it until the engine reaches its proper operating temperature helps hold down oil consumption.
3: Taken into account that you are going to regularly shift a little late, you should develop a habit of regularly shifting at 7k rpm when driving aggressively.Keeping the engine rpms out of the red zone is the single most important thing you can do to prevent oil consumption.
4:If your looking for some cheap oil thats not to bad ,SAMS club sells a generic brand of oil which cost right now about $23/case which is pretty cheap.

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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

only you, shdriver, would put sams club oil in your poor lude lmao. why do you even bother
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only you, shdriver, would put sams club oil in your poor lude lmao. why do you even bother
I don't because I don't have an oil consumption problem on my Prelude.Right know I use Shell oil in my Prelude's engine. But I own another car that burns about a quart every 300 miles . If a cars oil consumption is chronic, then some people may be looking for a economical solution to their oil cost.
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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

Well i do live in Washington state...it definitely isn't hot right now. What causes oil consumption like this? And do a lot of ludes with fairly high miles burn a similar amount as me? Im wondering if its really time for a rebuild or if this isn't uncommon.
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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

whatever you do dont use sams club oil lol, unless of coarse you are planning on a rebuild or something.yea it seems like you're burnin more oil than normal, a quart in a week is alot. When you checked your oil the first time are you sure you werent on a hill or something, and did you let your car sit for a few minutes if it was running before you checked it? either way a quart in two weeks is still alot. is your car smoking at all or leaking? compression test wouldn't be a bad idea
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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

Nope i wasnt on a hill, and the car was cooled down, not running. Seems strange to me. Oh and no leaks or smoking. Yeah i guess ill get around to it when school's out
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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

Hot or cold, im fairly certain your lude should not be using up that much oil, that is just not normal. My car has a oil leak and it doesn't even loose that much in 2 weeks time. As far as eliminating the problem try and research the causes...
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Re: Burning oil in odd patterns

I have the same problem! I have a leake of course but it's not that bad only drips abit. -_-
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try some lucus oil treatment its helps...
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