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Old 08-17-2004, 02:09 PM
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The Neon has been leaking oil now for about a year. It's a very slow leak, about a quart every 6-8 weeks. Typically what I do is top it off when it is down 1/2 quart and change the oil every 3,500-4,000 miles. I'm not gonna get the leak fixed because it was quoted at $600. I don't know much about repair but I do change the oil myself. I wouldn't be able to fix it myself. I am gonna drive the thing until it breaks down and then buy a new car. Anyone have any advice and how to keep this one running as long as possible? What brand of oil and filter should I use? Should I try that 'stop oil leak' additive? Should I be changing my oil more frequently because of the leak? Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2004, 02:17 PM
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Many older Neons leak oil. It's a head gasket issue. A new one should fix your problem, but since you don't want to spend the $$, you can continue to add oil as needed. If the leak gets any worse, I'd think again about getting it repaired. Stay away from those "stop leak" additives, they'll just gunk up your engine.
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Old 08-17-2004, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for the advise guys. I figured it was the head gasket, I've have heard that from others as well. Any advice on what brand/type of oil or filter to use?
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The camshaft seals are also known to leak alot.
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Since you're leaking oil, it's going to cost you major $$ if you switch to synthetic. Stick with a good quality dino oil and a NAPA Gold oil filter.
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My first neon had a .5 qt/3K mi. leak. When I swithched to synthetic it doubled.
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