1997 civic very dirty oil very quickly

Discussion in 'Civic' started by runsrealfast, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. runsrealfast

    runsrealfast Guest

    I have a 1997 civic with 109k on it. I drive 60 miles (38 on I-15)
    every day to work (120 miles round trip). Everytime I change the oil in
    it about a week later the oil is down 2 quarts and its real dirty. This
    started about a year ago. I have just been replacing the oil that has
    been lost. The car has no loss of performance (that I can feel, power
    or mileage) but does make a screaching noise during acceleration. I
    have yet to change the timing belt and when that is done the water pump
    will get changed, which I have been told will fix the screaching noise.
    Anyway I was worried that my K&N cold air intake was letting to much
    "junk" into my engine. Is this possible, or is it something completely

    runsrealfast <--i run fast not my car, after all its a civic
    runsrealfast, Jun 12, 2006
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    For starters, your PCV is stuck open, (spring might be rusted through)
    so it's allowing your oil to be burned invisibly. That can be hard on
    the CAT, so you should replace the PCV with an OEM one ASAP.

    'Curly Q. Links', Jun 13, 2006
  3. runsrealfast

    jim beam Guest

    crud in the oil comes from combustion problems or ingestion of
    grit/increased wear - once you mention the k&n intake, all sympathy
    disappears. look into the cost of a replacement jdm engine and
    refitting the stock air filtration system.
    jim beam, Jun 13, 2006
  4. runsrealfast

    Eric Guest

    If a new PVC doesn't help, then you may have to shoot it. Two quarts of oil
    a week without any oil leaks is beyond excessive. OK, you don't have to
    shoot it, it could need new rings and get rid of the CAI replacing it with
    the stock intake. A wet vs. dry compression test might help to pin point a
    problem with the rings. By the way, driving around with a screeching water
    pump isn't such a great idea. A failed water pump will stop the engine due
    to bent valves. However, then you'll be able to run much faster than your

    Eric, Jun 13, 2006
  5. runsrealfast

    TeGGeR® Guest


    And hey, have a look at this...
    TeGGeR®, Jun 13, 2006
  6. runsrealfast

    runsrealfast Guest

    I'm not losing quite that much oil I lost 2 quarts about 1000 miles
    before I was due for a oil change anyway. But I have been thinking of
    getting the stock equipment back into the car and the timeing
    belt/water pump is on the to-do-list but my honey-do-list never
    shortens so i have not had the chance yet
    runsrealfast, Jun 13, 2006
  7. runsrealfast

    runsrealfast Guest

    thanks for the link, the test looks a little pro AC delco, but I see
    the point. Still it makes you a little sceptical when the same filter
    gets rated the highest everytime...
    runsrealfast, Jun 14, 2006
  8. If your engine is bad, that filter is probably to blame. You ought to
    sue them.

    If the water pump is screeching you need to get it done yesterday. Is
    it leaking coolant?
    Gordon McGrew, Jun 15, 2006
  9. runsrealfast

    runsrealfast Guest

    no, its funny though it doesn't screech all the time, but yeah I know
    it needs to get done just need the time to do it.
    runsrealfast, Jun 15, 2006
  10. I am actually a little skeptical that it really is the water pump. If
    it was really the water pump I kinda think you would be looking for a
    new engine by now.
    Gordon McGrew, Jun 16, 2006
  11. runsrealfast

    Sam Spade Guest

    Here's my two cents worth. Oil will turn black due to combustion gases
    getting into the crank case. The oil is probably getting by the piston
    rings. It it was getting by the valve guides you would probably have
    fouled plugs.
    Sam Spade, Jun 24, 2006
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