I have a 1997 Honda Civic LX and the engine seems to burn way too much
oil. I suspect that one of the "rings" may be shot. However, someone
told me that the "PCV" value can also cause oil to be "burned".
Can anyone confirm this?
I was thinking of changing the valve, way easier than changing a
The only problem is that the amount of oil being burned is way to high
for the PCV to be the cause, in my opinion.
The car burns about 2 liters per oil change cycle.
Thank you in advance.
A malfunctioning PCV valve can cause oil loss, but not by
burning. Reports are that they fail shut or get plugged,
causing pressure to build in the oil crankcase, causing
pressure to build and various oil seals to fail, leaking
oil. So you want to check the lower exterior of your engine
and see if it's more oil covered than usual. Do you have
spots on your garage floor?
Other seals may be failing too. E.g. the valve cover gasket,
or the gaskets in the spark plug tubes.
If this is the original PCV valve, I would either (1) clean
with carb cleaner (which typically says on the can it's also
for PCV system cleaning; or (2) just replace it. There are
some checks you can do to see if it's working, too.
Yes, this sounds like a lot. Eliminate all the possibilities
listed above first.
How many miles on your car?
The car has about 160 000 km or 100 000 miles.
I will check the engine again to see if there is any heavy oil
deposit. As for the garage floor, the answer is "No Spots" on the
The problem with changing the PCV valve is getting to it, Honda surely
did not make it easy to change a small valve. I think the valve is
underneath and behind the engine.
Thank you in advance.
Not sure if you found it yet. If not, here are drawings of
where it should be, plus instructions for checking the valve
On some Hondas, it is easy to get to. On others I have read,
as you indicate, that one has to get at it from underneath.
Have you looked at your exhaust fume's color? Blue-ish
suggests oil is being burned, and so the PCV valve is not
not true. a faulty pcv can cause huge oil consumption. especially on a
worn engine with heavy blow-by.
pcv valves fail both ways - stuck open or stuck closed. stuck closed
causes excess crank case pressure and subsequent oil leakage. stuck
open causes too low crank case pressure and excess oil consumption.
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Reference Catalogs! wrote:
change the pcv and check the connecting hoses. if that doesn't work,
look for other problems. a blown ring may be the cause. should be
evident by one plug showing greater degree of deposits or even oil fouling.
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