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Old 12-14-2012, 07:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow - Strip off all the paint... keep less oil than recommened... we can't wait for the next one.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Don't waste $3000 on a Honda replacement battery! Just buy a bunch of alkaline D cells at walmart for $120.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by theaveng View Post
I recall back in the distant past (2003) some insighters tried running just 2 quarts of oil. They said it gave them better fuel economy. Any thoughts on that?
It makes as much sense as performing a frontal lobotomy to lose weight.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Does anything even show up on the dipstick with 2 quarts?
I put 2.5 quarts in once just figuring that I could use the same 5 quarts(1 5 quart jug or 5 quart-sized bottles) and that ends up with oil only about halfway between the add and full lines on the dipstick. I fill it to the top line on the dipstick because I'd rather have more oil for dilution and the amount that Honda wants us to have. 2 quarts won't help your car warm up faster, the huge chunk of metal and coolant is a much larger chunk of thermal mass than an insignificant .6 quarts.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Prior permalink by eg1 indicated that the first mark (lower) was 2 quarts.
From the measurements of the sump, (oil pan) that sounds about right.
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