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1990 Honda Civic oil not going though filter

It's the right filter, dry as a bone. The honda has 324,000 kms just this last oil change in oil in filter

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  • Bridget Ewer May 11, 2010

    Have you checked the hoses from the motor to the filter to the oil pan?

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Have u checked oil pump? If it failed, no circulation of oil.

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    Next alternative... have you checked the oil pressure ?

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Your oil pump, located in the oil pan, is not working. This is VERY serious and you should not run the engine until it is fixed.

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To keep it simple: Your car should have used synthetic oil originally:

If you are using Regular Motor Oil - I found through many years of doing oil changes & auto repairs that 3000 miles is the MAX you should drive before changing. After that it tends to lose it's protective qualities & you can actually feel the difference (once you've removed a few thousand dipsticks) in the viscosity.

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If you go to a reputable motor factor,
you can only be sold the correct filter for the civic.
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The trick to not overfilling the oil, is simply just to take your time, clean the dip stick and retry, until you have the correct reading.

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Some filters have an internal pressure valve. If you have the same filter you have always used, it may just have an internal problem (defect). If you changed filter brands, make sure you have chosen the correct crossover number. To check new one, feel the filter and see if it is warming up as the vehicle runs. If it stays cool, it's not functioning!

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