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Losing oil, no visible leaks. 120,000 miles

2001 Honda Civic, LX
120,000+ miles

I am losing oil at the rate of 1 qt per 800 miles. There are no visible leaks and I haven't noticed any blue smoke. Been told that possibly the valve stem seals or the piston rings may be bad. Compression test is still good.

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Hm. In my experience if you lose oil at the rate of 1 qt. per 800 mi. it's going somewhere. Actually, if you lose 1 qt. per 1000 mi. and change your oil every 3,000 mi. it's under $10 in oil you have to buy to keep it topped off, and some places say that's there's nothing wrong.

But, your case is a little more serious.

I think that it's probably leaking past the rings and/or valves and the catalytic converter is eating up the oil, so you see no blue smoke, like you would in a car that has no converter (I'm assuming you have a catalytic converter on your car as my 1981 Honda had).

After 100,000 mi. little irregularities in the piston cylinders can develop, and seals can gradually degrade. So, this is normal for that kind of mileage, although there are people who get over 400,000 mi. on their cars with just regular maintenance and driving highway mi.

You might want to try one of those slower burn oils designed for cars with 75,000 mi. and above. That might slow the burn off of oil down to acceptable levels.

Good luck with it.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010

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    jimdaisy16 Feb 07, 2014

    thanks a lot , it has 225000 miles. Guess its tired . like me!

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Im actually having similar problem with my 2001 DX , but a little worse because everytime i leave my driveway i can see fresh oil drops on the ground, so not only my car is burning oil it also leaks like crazy, i have to add oil every other day cause if i don't ill end up blowing my engine for the third time. your best solution would be is to sell your 2001` civic, because they are known to be the worst civics ever made in recent time history. and if you decide to keep it , prepare to spend a lot of money in the future, because 2001 civic will let you down.

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Possible valve train is worn --stems/guides/valve seal-this will cause oil to burn but may not be very noticeable while driving lot of smoke usually means bigger problem something went-- minor smoke which can be hardly noticeable means high mileage and things wear down but have not broken

Posted on Jul 26, 2010

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