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Adding Oil

hey guys, quick question for ya..

i have a 5th gen that burns oil and usually i add about 2-3 quarts every week and half or so. i just talked to a guy at autozone and he recommended i buy a thicker oil like 20-50 since its been 90-100 degrees where i am.

what do you guys think?
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:54 AM
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Re: Adding Oil

3 quarts a week?!?!? You got problems man.
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Re: Adding Oil

Wow. You sure you're not leaking?
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Re: Adding Oil

ya its about 2-3 quarts every week and half or so. theres no leaks just bad rings? or something is what my mechanic says (dont know much about cars, still learning). he said hes never seen a car burn that much but ya anyways back to my question, is that too thick of an oil for my car?
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:18 PM
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Re: Adding Oil

How many miles is that, roughly?

I burn about a quart every 250 miles, but I still run 10W-40 full synthetic.
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Re: Adding Oil

As someone who used to work at Autozone, the guy at Autozone could be talking completely out of his ass there.
I've never heard of anyone recommending a switch to a thicker oil to solve a burning oil problem. our cars are known to burn oil, especially in VTEC, but your case is on the extreme side of the spectrum. Personally, I wouldn't stray too far from 5w30; Honda recommends to go with 5w30 weight oil because that's the thickness our engines call for. you can go with 10w30, since the first number has to do with it's viscosity at lower temps and the second number has to do with once the oil is at operating temp, but you probably shouldn't mess with the thicker oil like Autozone dude is suggesting. I'd say double check your driveway for an oil leak.
But then again, it's your car. and I'm not an expert or anything, just my 2 cents.

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Re: Adding Oil

^^agree, autozone has told me a lot of bs in the past now i only shop at napa, they sell Denso and Ngk (honda recommended parts)...but with our cars i noticed that using a thicker oil actually burns faster than the recommended 5w30.
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Re: Adding Oil

Man if your not leaking oil you must be hitting vtec all day. haha
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Re: Adding Oil

x3 on the Autozone baloney. Most mechanics will do the same thing. They will FIND something wrong with your car…That's their job. I'd be checking places that you stopped for any oil on the pavement.
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I agree with 01citylude. Haha
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Re: Adding Oil

Yeah bro are you sure your car isn't stuck in Vtec?
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Re: Adding Oil

I am having the exact same problem with my 98 prelude. It leaks no oil at all but burns close to three quarts a week. Im trying to figure out this problem as well
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Re: Adding Oil

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No worries dude, most of us are. Except for Blake(98vtec).

OP, I'm going to take a gander at head gasket maybe?
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Re: Adding Oil

Yeah, a thicker oil ain't gonna help you. You're in the same boat as me. I burn a quart about every 60 miles and I don't even go into VTEC but mine is a result of error in construction and I can't get it fixed right now so I drive it as little as I can.
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Re: Adding Oil

My entire rebuild just came in for my motor and I was wondering if anyone knows if I can rebuild it while leaving the block in the car. Im short on time to rebuild it since its my only car and ive heard that i cant drop the oil pan and pop the pistons out through the top to rebuild the motor. Is this true?
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My entire rebuild just came in for my motor and I was wondering if anyone knows if I can rebuild it while leaving the block in the car. Im short on time to rebuild it since its my only car and ive heard that i cant drop the oil pan and pop the pistons out through the top to rebuild the motor. Is this true?
Can you? yes. Should you? no. You need to check your cleanances and all that good stuff and it is wayyyy too hard to do with the block still attached.
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