Honda Engine Leaking oil

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by marc, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. marc

    marc Guest

    How can you check to see if the engine is leaking oil?

    I own a Honda civiv 98 hatchback standard.

    I suspect that my engine may be leaking oil.
    There may be black oily spots left by my car.
    This is what someone else told me they noticed.
    I'm going to check tonight to see if there are any oily spots
    left under my parked car.
    I just changed the oil after 8,000km and the mechanic told me
    he noticed there was very little oil left in the engine when he changed
    the oil. I do a lot of stop and start driving for around 3-4 hours non-stop
    How can you check for engine oil leaks and what could be causing this?
    How expensive is it to repair?
    marc, Mar 17, 2005
  2. marc

    G-Man Guest

    Leaking oil will not make the oil dirty.

    Just put a piece of cardboard under the engine at home.

    If it is dripping, you have to find out from where. I have a '91 accord
    that leaves a few drips, but it's done that for the last 50k miles. The
    mail seal leaks. It is not worth fixing.

    Maybe your valve cover is leaking. Less than $100 to have fixed (including

    G-Man, Mar 18, 2005
  3. marc

    Jason Guest

    The first step is to visit a store that sells large shipping boxes. Break
    down the box until it is flat and slide it under your car before you go to
    sleep. During the morning, check the box before you pull it out from under
    the car. If you see oil on the box, use a flashlite to determine where it
    is coming from. If it's coming from the bottom of the oil pan--it could
    mean that you need a new oil pan gasket. I don't advise you to change
    it--it's a very messy job. Take it to a mechanic. It's a lot easier to do
    when the car is on a lift.
    Jason, Mar 18, 2005
  4. In addition to the good advice already given, I would add that oil leaks are
    not usually a big deal, but being very low on oil is. The engine is probably
    "consuming" (burning, mainly) oil. Be sure to check the oil level *every*
    time you get gas, and add a quart when the level gets to the "fill" line on
    the dipstick. Keep a quart in the car so you won't put it off. Running out
    of oil will destroy your engine quickly.

    Michael Pardee, Mar 18, 2005
  5. marc

    Remco Guest

    Cars do use oil but the question is how much you can live with. If
    between oil changes you lose a quart total, is it really worth fixing
    since oil is pretty cheap, relatively speaking.

    What actually worries me more is that a mechanic mentioned that there
    was very little oil left: do you check your oil periodically?
    I'd check your oil every fill up or more frequently, if you think you
    are losing oil to get an idea how much you are using.
    Useage is not a linear function in time if you don't fill it up every
    time. If you don't top off your oil, It the first week you lose 100 cL,
    the next week you might lose 200 mL, 400 the week after -- just
    guessing at those numbers but they are just to illustrate.
    Topping it off will keep the usuage around 100 cL a week.It is a lot
    better for your engine, not wearing internals down.

    If you are leaking oil, you could get your engine steam cleaned to see
    where it might be seeping from.

    Remco, Mar 18, 2005
  6. marc

    motsco_ _ Guest


    Check your oil according to the fine manual, and replace your PCV if the
    consumtion is too high. Change it anyway, it's cheap.

    motsco_ _, Mar 18, 2005
  7. marc

    marc Guest

    I placed a sheet of paper under the car overnight, there was no oil left
    only some water I guess from the snow under the car.
    By the way, I didn't change the oil after 8000km it was 6000km.
    The car seems to be running fine.
    marc, Mar 19, 2005
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