2000 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 64,990 miles
At 64,723 miles the "check engine" light came on and I took the car to a Honda repair shop. They told me there was no oil in the car which most likely meant that either when I had the oil changed at about 63,200 miles (mid-April) they people who did that work did not put any oil in, or that the engine was burning oil. They told me to come back in 500 miles to have it checked again.
The next day I had to travel a short distance, but out of town. At about 64,824 - about 100 miles of driving - the "check engine" light came back on, but I was on the highway and needed to continue to where I was going. The next morning I checked the oil and it looked pretty low. Not empty but low. So I put in a quart of oil. I then took the car into another Honda repair shop. Close to where I am. The car now had 64, 910 miles on it. These guys told me there was too much oil in the engine and they drained off a little to make it just the right amount.
Two days later - at 64,991 miles - the "check engine" light came on again. I again checked the oil and it was low. About 1/2 way between the two dots on the dip stick. But I have not put more oil in yet because I am concerned about putting in too much!
I called the repair shop and they said they need to run a longer diagnostic test, which could take all day. The earliest appointment I could make with them is on June 22, more than a week away.
In the meantime, here are my questions: Is it okay to drive the car with this problem? If so, could I take the car on a longer trip (mostly it's just used for short outings of no more than 10-12 miles) of about 125 miles each way? I assume I would need to keep checking the oil and adding more if it is getting low, but will it do more damage if I drive it a lot before getting the further tests?
Also, aside from burning oil - which they guys at the Honda shop told me might mean the rings around the pistons might need to be replaced - do you think there could be any other problem?
Thanks for your speedy response!
have the same problem?
Saturday, June 13th, 2009 AT 7:15 PM