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I know these questions come up every second and I'm sorry to post another. I've been doing research forever and can't find a definitive answer. I have a 2000 prelude type sh with 165,000 miles. It definitely burns oil as does all preludes. But it smokes a decent bit when you hit vtec. I'm just wondering whether to run a conventional, synthetic, high mileage or fully synthetic oil. I know now they have a fully synthetic high mileage motor oil but everyone says that fully synthetic in an older engine can create more issues, and high mileage can help leaks and burning oil issues. Any input would be great. Sorry for the oil question again. Newbie here. Thanks!
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I know now they have a fully synthetic high mileage motor oil but everyone says that fully synthetic in an older engine can create more issues
Some will say that's true, some will say it's not. My personal experience dictates that switching to synthetic on high mileage engines is a no-no.

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and high mileage can help leaks and burning oil issues.
I assume you're talking about high mileage oils? Because of the way they work, once you start using a high mileage oil, you can NEVER stop, or else you will have worse leaks than you ever had before. Basically, it makes the seals swell up so they fit tighter, and voila, no more leaks. But once you STOP using high mileage oil, the seals shrink back to their original sizes and voila, more leaks than before.

How much oil are you burning, exactly? Let's say in a month.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

I've only had the car for about 2 weeks right now. It doesn't seem to be bad unless you drive it hard. Like I said once you hit vtec (5500) you can see it smoke a little but in the mirror.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Thank you for the input as well! I just want to know what's the best idea at this point. There's so many technicals with oil. I wasn't aware if you use high mileage oil you shouldn't ever switch back.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

I know that preludes naturally burn oil, I just figured that since it's smoking pretty good, that it's worse than what they naturally burn. This is my first prelude btw
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Everything you're experiencing is pretty common for these engines. Why don't you measure your oil loss over he course of a week and get back to us.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Well I was planning on an oil change here in the next day or say as the current oil is pretty dark and on the low side. Rather than adding a quart and possibly mixing oils because I don't know what oil is currently in there.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Do your oil change, and record the oil loss over the next week so we can figure out if you're burning more oil than normal.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Well I wanted to know what oil to put in my car for this oil change. That was the purpose of this post.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

I'm pretty sure I already indirectly answered that for you.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Well you said full synthetic is a no go. And you said with high mileage you can't go back. I didn't get an answer from you on what would be best. And I don't get the full synthetic high mileage. It's like a combo of both? Is that a no go as well?
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Your best bet is to stick with plain old conventional oil, probably 5W-30 or 10W-30 depending on the climate in which you live.
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Ok thank you!
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

My car had Mobil 1 in the crank case when I bought it. It was leaking from every orifice imaginable. $9/qt got old fast. And puddles everywhere? No thanks.
I read the oil myths busted thread and made up my mind what would seem to work for my particular driving style, motor condition and cost.
I switched to quaker state conventional 5w30 and have very little oil leaks. The synthetic slips out of areas that conventional does not.
Eventually I went with high mileage conventional.
And burning is practically non existent.
Like someone said, check your loss/burning and then decide what to do in the long term.
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Ok so I had my oil changed about a week ago with a synthetic blend oil and I would say I've used almost half a quart since it's been changed. I've driven it about 350 miles since the change. Every now and then I get on it and run it to the top of second gear but never stay into it longer than that and the smoke starts coming once vtec hits. After it sits for while like more than half a day, and you start it and drive it, it smokes up until it gets warmed up. Is this all normal? I was honestly thinking of running high mileage oil in it and see if that slows it down. Also possibly will try engine restore or Lucas stabilizer which apparently helps slow it down as well.
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Re: 2000 prelude type sh oil question. PLEASE READ

Try conventional first. Regular conventional as in 5w30, then try 10w30.
Half a quart in 350 miles isn't awful. But can get very expensive over time.

So does it smoke when you accelarate or wait until you let off?

Accelaration is a sign of ring wear.
Decelaration is a sign of valve seal wear.
Compression test will confirm this.

Have someone stand behind the car or push the gas pedal for you.

My old b21 engines would smoke til they warmed up, especially if they weren't used every day. If used every day, they'd no longer smoke or consume oil... Say half a quart per oil change..
Drive it a little while, say a couple of hours one day and see if the smoking settles down when you gas it.
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It smokes on acceleration. I also have a decently bad hesitation in lower rpms that is really annoying. It stops once the rpms get around 3000. Any idea what that could be?
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I live on a steep long hill and I usually coast down the hill when leaving my house, just down shifting and using the brakes to slow me down, I never give it any throttle until I reach the bottom. When I reach the bottom there's a stop sign and it turns flat. After I stop at the sign and start going again the car smokes like crazy! It just rolls out of the exhaust. It only smokes when I'm accelerating though. Then after about a minute of driving it stops and is only noticeable again when I go WOT.
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