1994 HONDA CIVIC ENGINE KNOCKS WHEN COLD

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1994 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 255000 miles

1994 honda civic 1.5 L. 255000 kms Bought new. Engine has been knocking when cold. After warmed up 5 minutes later all noise goes away and engine runs like a top. Never burns oil and lots of power still. Changed oil religiously every 6k kms. Checked valves and in perfect condition and perfect gapping. Any ideas? Piston slap in a Civic? Anyone?

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 5:24 PM

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Hi there,

I would be checking the oil pressure on cold start up with a mechanical oil pressure gauge, this will show if its a pressure issue or a mechanical issue, start here.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 5:29 PM
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Oil pressure is good all around. How likely is it to have piston slap?

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 AT 3:29 PM
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Hi there,

This is a possibility, or a cracked piston skirt or a gudgeon pin problem, it sounds as if you may have to pull it down to be sure, needless to say the knock is not good and if not rectified it may destroy the engine.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 AT 4:03 PM
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Remember that the noise goes away once warmed up.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 AT 4:57 PM
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Hi there,

It well may be piston clearance problems, have you done a leak down test to see how the rings are preforming, often you really need to listen to the noise first hand, have you had a mechanic listen? Most engine knocks have a distinct sound and can be pin pointed with a trained ear,

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 AT 5:28 PM

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