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