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need help about piston rings

Discussion in 'Civic and del Sol - EG and EK' started by msok1, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. msok1

    msok1 New Member

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    Dec 27, 2007
    this is 89 honda civic with original 1.5 engine. i got it with problems and am very lost about what to do. it eats a lot of oil. i took the engine apart and sent the head to be rebuilt. after it i measured cylinders, and was very upset with what i found. all cylinders are a little like a cone or a barrel, and are not circular. particularly, #3 and #4 are .002 inch beyond the factory limit. New pistons, rings, cylinder job is beyond what i want to spend ( i may consider it only if i decide the situation is hopeless). so my question is about what to do because opinions differ and i wanted to ask people who were through this.

    the guy who rebuilt the head says that with 0.002" gap the car would eat oil but not too much, like 1 quarter per 3,000, or 2,000 miles, which would be ok with me. even 1,500 will be ok. However, while he is an engine person, i have never felt he is a honda specialist.

    another person, whom i respect also, had worse news. he said that on honda engines once the head is rebuilt, it would start burning oil like crazy even if i replace rings.

    i replaced rings but have not put the engine together yet. i used honda rings. the middle one seams to be cast iron one, instead of original chrome but it is what honda offers.

    So what do you people think about my options? will new rings work at least to some extent? do i need to go for different rings? Are there any tricks i can use to improve my chances? I would really appreciate an input
  2. TurboMirage

    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    May 20, 2003
    Central, MA
    yeah just replace the motor for less than the cost of all that work.
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