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Old 07-31-2005   #1
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03 civic with 42kmiles. Here is the question. My car is running fine but i noticed something strnage today. i do my own oil changes and put 3.7qt every oil change with filter. and today when i drained the oil,it was kinda low. because i poured the oil in the milk gallon and it was not totally filled to the top. this way i know its excatly 3.7qt. now this is the first time i had my oil change done at 4000 miles. i usually do at 3000 but this time i had driven for 2500 miles on long trip for 3 days. and noticed it was little low.Is it ok for engine to eat little bit of oil ? i would say it was kinda half a quart low. also i changed the oil to exxon superflow and didnt find any metal in the oil. otherwise i used to notice them in my castrol oil. please put suggestion on this.

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If you drove it extremely aggressive then i would say alittle gone would be ok, maybe you didnt totaly tighten the draqin plug and it leaked alittle bit without any notice.
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if your still running on that same oil, im sure you could add onto it? as long its the exact same motor oil.

but theres something about highway driving and motor oil that i dont get, i really dont know. oil drain plug tight?
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burning a little oil is no biggie. hondas do tend to do this, some more than others. (S2000's can burn a quart in as little as 2000 miles)
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hmm my car doesnt burn any oil, but my old 99 dx did sometimes if i drove it hard which i normally did
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Losing a little bit of oil is okay especially if you drove it hard. For some reason a lot of Honda engines burns a little bit of oil especially if it's been driven hard.
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beter oil then something else
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It's normal, Every Honda I've had has done it.
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... because i poured the oil in the milk gallon and it was not totally filled to the top. this way i know its excatly 3.7qt.
1 gallon = 4 quarts, so 3.7 quarts would not be totally filled.

Also, are you taking in consideration that the oil filter and oil filter media is still holding some oil in?

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