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    Default Honda Civic 1997 VTi Engine Job ( over heating reducing oil) suggestions

    I have a civic vti which is suffering from over heating. The needle goes up to the redline and stays there if i drive normally but when I decelerate or go down hill the needle come back down( eg when going down hill in the salt range the needle comes back to normal. The engine never had a head job or gasket change. I changed the radiator to double nali desi one some 5 years ago.
    I am getting oil in the radiator as well, burning a plug of one cylinder and oil reduction but the car is still half self start.

    I am going to get some things done this weekend from a mechanic in Faisalabad EId Gah road as he always had figured out problems of my Honda but in a desi way. Had a bad experience with Honda pit stop the couldn't even fit a side view mirror properly . Would have got it done from Lahore but the car cant travel that far now L


    1. Head gasket replacement
    2. A ring and valve seals job depending upon the damage done to the engine
    3. Water body replacement
    4. New timing belt
    5. New radiator
    6. New silencer as the old one may have clogged with oil.


    Any suggestions and information about any other good mechanics will be appreciated.


    DAY 1 : The weather was quite ideal for spending a day at the work shop. The engine was opened up and was taken out for complete over haul.
    After inspecting the cylinders the mechanic said that a simple gasket change will not do the job the block needs work to be done and needs to be taken out or the other option is get it swapped he gave me both options. I gambled with the overhaul.30- 40 k might go down the drain but I am mentally prepared for that. The block was taken to the kharadia. Came back at 3 the mechanic said he will inspect the engine in detail and tell me about the parts to be replaced by tomorrow.


    DAY 2.. Went to buy the parts
    bought will be assembled today by kharadia and again by mechanic tomorrow
    1.Pistons
    2.Rings
    3.Valve set
    4. Clutch Plate
    5.Misc. Bearings
    6.Timing belt
    7.HeadGaskit
    Costed me 22 k.

    Total expenditure till now 22k+4000 khardia+3 for kabli piping and junkyard items=29


    DAY: 3 The engine block is ready and in the Engine bay.The head will be places tomorrow. Got a new water Pump today worth 2400 that makes the total expenditure till now 29000+2400=31400


    DAY: 4 The overhaul was eventually completed today. Got the double Nali DEnSO/HONDA Radiator. A set of belts. Total Spent on the radiator 5000 and belts 600 and some nuts and bolts 200=5800 ,Oil and fluids,coolants 3200, miscellaneous 2000
    The total Spent on Parts 31400+5800+3200=2000=42400+8000 Mechanic Labor=50400 Rs for the engine over haul

    DAY: 5 Today I got the some sounds resolved that were coming from the driver side wheel.
    Got new
    Disc Pads whole set , Goda Boot,steering boot,Chimta bush, Discs Facing,end repair, Ball joint repair,front brake cylinder kabli,break oil
    This wheel job costed Rs 6540.

    Got a new silencer worth 2200, Wheel alignment Rs 150
    Total spent today 6540+2200=150= 8790
    Total Spent during 5 days =50400+8790=RS 59190
    1.Pistons
    2.Rings
    3.Valve set
    4. Clutch Plate
    5.Misc. Bearings
    6.Timing belt
    7.HeadGaskit
    8.water Pump
    9. Ball joint
    10. 3 pump belts belts
    11. Radiator
    12. Pipping
    13.O rings
    14. Break Pads
    15. Silencer
    OVERHAUL COMPLETED Thanks GOD Honda Civic 1997 VTi  Engine Job  ( over heating reducing oil) suggestions - smiley smile I pray that it stays this way . It's the first 5 minutes of running time that can wipe out a new cam. The other 15 minutes is just insurance. Lets see what it does in the future Honda Civic 1997 VTi  Engine Job   over heating reducing oil suggestions -1403440
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    Will do as you said bro..will charge the battery on the ups and will try to reach the mechanic with out towing as I have heard the way we tow cars here damages the axle and engine internals pretty much.

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    Its not necessary to produce 14+ volts always. Most cars stay above 13.5

    This link has a detailed procedure. It is for Accords but your car can be tested that way Part 1 -How to Test the Alternator (Honda 2.2L, 2.3L)
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    Quote Originally Posted by afnan.bashir View Post
    Its not necessary to produce 14+ volts always. Most cars stay above 13.5

    This link has a detailed procedure. It is for Accords but your car can be tested that way Part 1 -How to Test the Alternator (Honda 2.2L, 2.3L)
    Yes you are right.

    I have checked the alternator output by connecting the scanner, it shows me 14Volt. Maximum 14 volts will produce by alternator.

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    I replaced the alternator problem was eradicated

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    Default 15 k kms post overhaul update

    15 k done engine going well. No reduction of coolant or oil. No leaks or noises. Just the alternator went bad got it replaced.
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    A Strange noise started to from the engine. The engine sound became louder like a diesel when reved. It turned out to be a faulty power steering pump. Got a kabli one installed today.
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    Hmm.. Recent Report ??

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    @Ovais007 still going strong ..half self start no leaks, got the power steering pump and alternator changed as they were making noises. ENGINE has no vibration at idle. I drive between 140 , 150 km/h on motorway for hours and no heat ups funny sounds, vibrations or smells. I always chek the coolant and oil level thanks God it remains the same. Will show you a picture of the oil dip stick depicting the Color of the oil after 5000 kms still yellowish and viscous.feul average on long routes is better than the city.

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    Wow.. Say Alhamdulillah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovais007 View Post
    Wow.. Say Alhamdulillah
    Alhamdulillah
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    @ 23 k kms there was a leak at the vtec solenoid. opened it up and found that the rubber gasket had gone flat. This replacement gasket came with the over hauling kit. instead of getting another new gasket i bought a kabli soleniod with original jdm gasket. The leak was sorted out.Dont know why did it go flat like that.
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    One year has passed since I created this thread . I will like to share my experience of the overhaul of the engine. I have driven around 35,000 kms post overhaul. Didn't face any problems except for a flattened vtec solenoid gasket which was no big deal.
    The rest was a pleasant experience and I always felt peace of mind. I did the last oil change 5000 kms ago. The oil is still viscous level never drops.
    It didn't reduce a drop of coolant all the year so never topped it. I am thinking of getting it flushed ( or i shouldn't). No visible rust or gunk in the coolant its still transparent red. I never feel like I am driving an 18 year old car its responsive, handles great and fuel average is about 11 km city , 16 km highwayHonda Civic 1997 VTi  Engine Job   over heating reducing oil suggestions -1564157. It Makes me very proud when it flies by newer model cars on the motorway without any hassle. Some times its worth taking a Risk. I took it against all the odds and I am Happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janleva View Post
    It Makes me very proud when it flies by newer model cars on the motorway without any hassle. Some times its worth taking a Risk. I took it against all the odds and I am Happy.
    It's an old beast but it still packs some power. I still redline mine once in a while at 277,000km it still roars like a beast.
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    Should I flush the radiator even though i have long life caltex coolant which hasn't reduced a drop in 15 months and is still clear.
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    If you've used coolant throughout the life of the vehicle, a cooling system flush may be unnecessary. Just change coolant when its due.
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    Next month it will be two years since the over haul. I did not face any problem. Only going to get the compressor changed.
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