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

27,835

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 of 1 people found this 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.

27,835

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

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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

4,495

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 85,208 nationwide Civic listings starting at $750.

ZIP:

Search Honda Civic Questions

Honda Civic Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,020
#2 Takoda Fraser
Takoda Fraser
Reputation 1,000
#3 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 980
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,071 Great Deals out of 68,731 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic Coupe
209 Great Deals out of 16,152 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Corolla
1,002 Great Deals out of 70,073 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Camry
1,232 Great Deals out of 85,030 listings starting at $750
Used Honda CR-V
1,030 Great Deals out of 57,426 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Altima
1,320 Great Deals out of 76,090 listings starting at $1,695
Used Hyundai Elantra
673 Great Deals out of 41,685 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Accord Coupe
187 Great Deals out of 10,358 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford Focus
824 Great Deals out of 55,192 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang
738 Great Deals out of 44,989 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Sentra
613 Great Deals out of 52,591 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 3 Series
1,037 Great Deals out of 31,547 listings starting at $975
Used Hyundai Sonata
879 Great Deals out of 48,091 listings starting at $1,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Honda Civic EX For Sale
14,935 listings starting at $18,858
2016 Honda Civic EX For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 446 listings starting at $15,188
2015 Honda Civic EX For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 749 listings starting at $9,390
2014 Honda Civic EX For Sale
58 Great Deals out of 1,328 listings starting at $10,450
2013 Honda Civic EX For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 492 listings starting at $7,890

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.