Engine oil question--between the marks?

Asked by May 31, 2013 at 02:57 PM about the 1998 Honda Civic EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Oil is disappearing from my engine. I have been adding a small funnel full every week or so ... after around 75 mile of driving.

(I don't know what's happening to the oil ... it doesn't seem to be leaking while the car is parked. The dealership says the oil pan gasket is leaking but the shop that replaced that 18 mos ago says no, it's not. I just had a head gasket replaced, if that is significant.)

Today I added a little too much oil. The upper hole on the dipstick is covered, but just barely.

I don't want to drain any out because the dealership said the drain plug would barely go back in last time.

The manual says if you go over the upper mark, damage to the engine can result.

Do I have anything to worry about? It is just barely covering the upper hole on the dipstick.

And what kind of damage would too much oil do?

Thanks.

5 Answers

26,005

you would have to overfill it by alot to cause damage. you have nothing to worry about. as far as where the oil is going its hard to say. could be burning it, in the motor.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer

Thank you, kbro! Question: someone else said it might be going to the valve guide seals, PCV valve, or piston rings. Is that what you mean by burning it in the motor, or is that something else? Thanks. I will talk to the guys who replaced the head gasket, but I want to be prepared.

26,005

I didnt think about pcv but that is a possibility. I was thinkin rings.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thanks again. I have asked a few questions here now and I really appreciate the people who took the time to help me.

4,145

off topic kinda, but i would go back to the auto shop that did the drain pan and ask them if they had trouble with the oil drain plug. the oil drain plug should not have any issues going back in. if the dealership noticed the problem why didn't they offer to replace the drain plug? probably not even $10 for the part.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Civic

Looking for a Used Civic in your area?

CarGurus has 70,031 nationwide Civic listings starting at $1,200.

ZIP:

Search Honda Civic Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Honda Civic Experts

#1 Takoda Fraser
Takoda Fraser
Reputation 960
#2 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 950
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 900
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
984 Great Deals out of 75,076 listings starting at $899
Used Honda Civic Coupe
235 Great Deals out of 18,208 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Corolla
973 Great Deals out of 67,452 listings starting at $1,595
Used Toyota Camry
1,215 Great Deals out of 96,011 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda CR-V
881 Great Deals out of 63,754 listings starting at $1,100
Used Nissan Altima
1,070 Great Deals out of 83,130 listings starting at $670
Used Hyundai Elantra
668 Great Deals out of 53,102 listings starting at $895
Used Honda Accord Coupe
173 Great Deals out of 10,959 listings starting at $1,988
Used Ford Focus
883 Great Deals out of 58,591 listings starting at $800
Used BMW 3 Series
1,525 Great Deals out of 38,936 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Sentra
619 Great Deals out of 52,476 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford Mustang
577 Great Deals out of 42,797 listings starting at $1,699
Used Volkswagen Jetta
505 Great Deals out of 31,578 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Honda Civic EX For Sale
9,824 listings starting at $18,611
2016 Honda Civic EX For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 1,295 listings starting at $16,724
2015 Honda Civic EX For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 650 listings starting at $12,995
2014 Honda Civic EX For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 662 listings starting at $10,440
2013 Honda Civic EX For Sale
58 Great Deals out of 1,197 listings starting at $8,975