1995 Honda Accord engine oil burning

Tiny
DORAEMON
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  • 1995 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
My car runs smooth and fine. However it seems like it is burning motor oil. What is the cause?
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Sunday, June 29th, 2008 AT 11:41 PM

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Tiny
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Are you smelling burnt oil or is the engine consuming oil? 180,000 miles would be indicative of an engine overhaul as your piston rings have probably worn enough to let oil bypass and burn in the combustion chamber. It is also possible that you could be leaking some oil past the valve guides on your cylinder head into the combustion chamber as well. How many qrts of oil do you need between oil changes?
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 AT 12:06 AM
Tiny
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Hi doraemon,

For Honda engines to consume engine oil, the most common problem are the valve seals. Replacing them should reduce consumption by more than 70 %.
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 AT 9:56 AM
Tiny
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I'm not smelling burnt oil and there is no smoke. Some say it might be the piston. But usually if that is the case, the car may start up tough. Everything is fine. Just that after 2 weeks about roughly driving 500+ miles, I had to put in 1 quart of oil since it was almost gone. Please help.
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 AT 12:47 PM
Tiny
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Unless you are leaking it onto the ground then it is burning the oil in the combustion chamber. You may only need to go so far as removing the cylinder head and replacing valve stem seals. Unfortunatly at 180,000 miles an engine overhaul is just around the corner unless you have been using synthetics.
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 AT 8:23 PM
Tiny
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Hi doraemon,

If the catalytic converter is working well, you would not see much smoke.

To replace valve seals without doing any valve lapping, it is not necessary to remove the head. Remove the camshafts and you can replace them, a cylinder at a time with the aid of compressed air into the spark plug holes.
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 AT 7:59 AM

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