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I have been told that there is an internal memo sent out to all Honda Dealerships that Honda Civics need their oil level checked every 500 miles or the engine could fail. There have been a number of customers that have not checked their oil levels on a regular basis (as stated in the handbook) and their engines have failed! Unfortunately their were liable for the damage caused and have cost them the price of a new engine!

If this is true I am shocked that you have to check you oil every 500 miles! I would have thought that would be excessive! I don't expect to check this type of stuff on a new car!!! or am I wrong?!?
 

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i check my oil at least once a month just out of standard procedure. It only takes a few seconds and id rather be safe than sorry.
 

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I think this mostly relates to the Diesel`s as they do seem to use up the oil, especially in the early days....

They also sport several warning stickers about checking the oil each time you refill with fuel, which works out about every 400-600 miles.

I would not be happy if the engine chewed before the warning light came on though.... not much of a warning... more of a too late light...:confused:
 

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I check mine fairly regularly, prob once a month, but, on two instances of long journeys, the engine oil light has come on, i've pulled over to find low oil, so have topped up using the container I now keep in the car.

Might be my driving that uses it up on longer journeys, it's a Vtec Petrol so it's built to be used!
 

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I find this hard to believe, if it is true then there is something seriously wrong with the engine. The need to check the oil every 500 miles is like saying that the oil has to be at the max mark all the time.
 

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Bit strange all this...its not an RX8 in disguise is it?!
 

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I dont check mine, I shouldnt have to between services, never have with any other car, if the warning light did not come on in plenty of time to warn me of a problem then that is down to Honda as far as I am concerned.

My oil light came on a couple of months back and I topped up with oil only to have to have it drained out again the next day by Honda :confused: stupid car !!
 

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I dont check mine, I shouldnt have to between services, never have with any other car, if the warning light did not come on in plenty of time to warn me of a problem then that is down to Honda as far as I am concerned.

My oil light came on a couple of months back and I topped up with oil only to have to have it drained out again the next day by Honda :confused: stupid car !!
Cant agree with you on that sorry. Whos to say that you dont have a slight leak?. Its not set in stone that the oil will last from service to service and you cant always rely on the low oil warning light coming on.

If your engine was to be damaged due to lack of oil then Honda would not take any blame for it no matter if the light came on or not.

Its a simple 1 min job to check your oil level and only needs to be done say once a month.
 

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so how much is a litre of oil compared to a new engine?
 

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Ive checked the oil in mine a few days ago, hasn't used a drop (only done 300 miles tho :oops: )

The dip sticks in a stupidly awkward place, got to bend it in and out :rolleyes:

Seems strange Honda expect it to be checked every 500 miles :confused:

I normally check oil, brake, clutch, power steering fluid, rad, antifreeze, screenwash and battery monthly...[smilie=cheeky-grin:
 

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I've put a small amount in mine.

I find the diamond shaped dipstick tip a tad awkward to read, especially with new clear oil.
 

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Cant agree with you on that sorry. Whos to say that you dont have a slight leak?. Its not set in stone that the oil will last from service to service and you cant always rely on the low oil warning light coming on.

If your engine was to be damaged due to lack of oil then Honda would not take any blame for it no matter if the light came on or not.

Its a simple 1 min job to check your oil level and only needs to be done say once a month.

If I had a leak than that would be a fault with the car, if the oil light doesn't come on then again that would be a fault with the car, the oil warning light is there for a reason.

I only do between 5 - 7000 miles a year if that, as I said before I have been driving for 24 years and have never had to top up my oil, I have already done it once in the civic cos the oil light did came on.
 

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I check mine weekly. My diesel has used a little (sitting between minimum and maximum mark on dipstick), but hasn't moved for around 1500-2000 miles. Hopefully it should stay that way.

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Engines can consume oil. Your manual tells you to check the fuel everytime you fill up with fuel. If your engine is destroyed due to oil starvation because you haven't checked the levels and topped up as necessary, then there's only one person to blame.

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if the oil light doesn't come on then again that would be a fault with the car, the oil warning light is there for a reason.
TC, this is a misconception held by a lot of people, and it's important!

99% of cars don't have an oil level warning light, and it's notoriously unreliable on those that do. The dispstick is the only reliable measure of oil quantity, and the manufacturer requires you to use it!

What cars do have is an oil pressure light. When there is oil in the system it is being pumped around the engine under pressure. When all the oil has fallen out of your engine, there is suddenly no oil for the pump to pump and so no pressure in the system, and the light comes on. So this light tells you that it's all too late and your engine is currently being trashed.

So, how long will your engine last with no oil pressure? It all depends, but damage could start within a second or two if the engine is under high load. Some parts may survive for tens of seconds, others minutes, others maybe an hour or two. If the oil light comes on, you should press the clutch, brake to a halt as fast as is safe, and switch the engine off. It is an emergency, all-else-has-failed light, to save your engine in some rare circumstances.

I remember working in a garage that had a petrol station attached. The driver filled up and bought some oil (old Nova). She then came in because the car wouldn't start. Had a look - and the engine had seized solid (totally destroyed). I asked her how long the oil light had been on, and she said "for a couple of days, but only about an hour of driving total". I was impressed that the little engine had lasted so long, but she was not impressed with the idea of a new engine and the fact that the light was not an oil level light.

On the plus side, it's not hard to keep abreast of oil level. I just check it every time I top up the washer fluid, and you soon get a feeling of how quickly it is used. In my Civ, it doesn't need topping up between services, but that's down to running in technique - a different subject altogether!

HTH!
 

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I had the oil light come on in my 1.8 ES after 2,500 miles; the first time in 45 years motoring this has happenned to me.
I kept the engine load down, stopped at the next garage and managed to put in a litre.
That means there was 2.7 litres in the sump; very unlikely to cause engine damage.
So I now check more regularly and am reassured that the oil light comes on so early.
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Tony, it's good to hear that the Civ oil level light works - I got caught out by the first car I had with this system (it didn't work at all). I view it as a secondary warning system, but the dipstick is still the primary indicator.

If the level is low, the important thing is to not rag it round corners hard, this may cause the reduced amount of oil to slosh away from the pickup. Remember that 2.7 litres of oil when the engine is stopped will mean much less in the sump when the engine is running.
 

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I went away for the Easter weekend and the multifunction display beeped and a warning message appeared, "Engine Oil Level Low". I have only done about 7,000 miles in it and after checking the oil, it was well beneath the minimum mark. I was very surprised as this is a new car and shouldn't need a whole litre of oil in it after just 6 MONTHS. It's a petrol engine too!

Can anyone shed any light on why my oil has gone so low? It's definately NOT a leak...!
 

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Yes. Oil escapes naturally through the piston rings, valves and a few other places. The rate of escape is normally in line with the efficiency of the piston ring seal, which is often determined by the running in method.

Your rate of oil loss is miles better than the specification, so nothing to worry about. It's true that diesels have different materials that can need more time to run in, but ultimately should use no more oil than a petrol.
 
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