The car itself has 54,800 miles on it. I replaced a motor once already at 52,000 miles due to a burnt piston ring (nitrous). The compression tester I rented today is garbage, the end spins rather than being fixed so you can spin it into the head. When I first got the car (a year and a half ago, with 42,000 miles) the compression was all around 210 (+-5psi) it is high compression (10:1) so with a lower reading it would appear normal. Everything about the motor is clean, I keep it in good condition, so there is no buildup whatsoever. The car will idle (rough) for the first minute when it is cold, then rpms drop to about 500 and then it stalls, so I have to keep on the gas. Also there is no check engine light. Anytime I've had problem with vacuum leaks (like cruise control for example) it would throw a CEL and run choppy/stall. Once it hits 3000+ rpms it runs almost normally, and VTEC kicks in at 5200 and climbs to about 6000 where I stop pushing it (redline is at 7200). The problem is running rough below the 3000 mark. I poured a capful of oil into each cylinder hoping to get a wet compression test, but unfortunately the compression tester sucked, so I just started it up, and even though it was warm, it stayed running (smoking from the oil though) and actually ran way better than normal. I'm fearing the worst.
Friday, March 31st, 2006 AT 2:15 PM