My 1997 Honda Civic, got hot but did not overheat. Finding no problem with the cooling system, the Honda dealer did an air test and said the head gasket was leaking. BUT recommended against replacing the head gasket because it would cause it to start to burn oil badly. He said this is due to the high mileage, 174,000. Is that right? Why is that? Thanks.
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1997 Honda Civic Question: Head gasket replacement; will it lead to burning oil?
Answer #1mastertech6371 October 19, 2010, 17:18Master
becuase replacing the head gasket will freshen up the upper end of the motor and the lower end will be old. this will cause more combustion pressure and the rings will allow it to go by thus increasing blow by. this will result is consuming more oil.
good reccomendation from the dealer. look into a used motor with lower mileage.