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Have to drive car with low compression across the country... #5244648 10/20/19 02:51 AM
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I've got a 2014 Kia Soul with 130k miles and the rings are extremely worn and it is virtually undrivable without an oil additive. I need to drive it from Illinois to the southwest, if it's possible to do safely, where I can then rebuild the engine. What approach should I take to try and get the compression up so that it can sustain 21 hours of driving? I've watched videos on Resolve, Miracle Mystery Oil, and Lucas Heavy Duty Oil Stabilizer, with positives to each.

I would like to avoid towing it or shipping it, as both are costly in multiple ways (and of course driving it, but only making it half way would be costly too.)

When I get there I will find out how low the compression is, but with Lucas currently in it, it still has difficulty driving above 40mph, but is drivable up to that speed and doesn't lose oil.

Thanks.

Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244650 10/20/19 02:54 AM
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20w50?


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244652 10/20/19 03:01 AM
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Why not check the compression first?

Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244654 10/20/19 03:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Tralever
When I get there I will find out how low the compression is, but with Lucas currently in it, it still has difficulty driving above 40mph, but is drivable up to that speed and doesn't lose oil. Thanks.

At that speed, using the Interstate highway system is out. All you'll do is cause accidents, and / or collect tickets. And if it's that sick, I don't see how it will last if you take stop and go surface routes. Where exactly are you headed? Illinois, (Chicago), to Albuquerque is around 1,340 miles. That is approximately 21 hours at Interstate speeds. 21 hours X 40 MPH = only 840 miles. I would be figuring out a way to tow it. You'll live longer.... And so will the car.

Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244660 10/20/19 04:15 AM
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A 5 year old car with 130k has a worn out engine? What’s the story here? Extremely poor maintenance or overheated?

Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244686 10/20/19 06:15 AM
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Thicker oil will help.
40 mph on interstate will get you run over.

Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244692 10/20/19 06:22 AM
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The OP might be making a wrong assumption.There could be something wrong with the fuel system like the fuel pump.


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244694 10/20/19 06:27 AM
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If it can’t handle speeds above 40mph then I question its ability to make trip at all. But I agree, maybe something else is amiss. How much oil is it really using?


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244698 10/20/19 06:35 AM
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Restore oil additive in the silver can... Try that. But are you sure it's got bad compression? I really doubt a modern car with only 130k is ready for the junkyard...


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: skyactiv] #5244704 10/20/19 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by skyactiv
The OP might be making a wrong assumption.There could be something wrong with the fuel system like the fuel pump.


That. If the compression is low enough it won't top 40MPH, the engine should be trailing a cloud of smoke vaguely reminiscent of a coal-powered battle cruiser and burning oil on the level of 100 miles to the quart.


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244707 10/20/19 07:01 AM
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I would bet it is a plugged cat. converter.

I have driven cars that are worn out and low on power. Highway speeds were not the issue.


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244709 10/20/19 07:03 AM
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Need a few more details. Weigh all the costs and risks of limping a distance almost half the country's width.

Time for a tow vehicle and the You-Haul low trailer which goes under the front wheels. They still allow that on the Interstates, no?

It would be funny if all the OP had wrong was a triggered mechanical limp-home gizmo.

Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244710 10/20/19 07:13 AM
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Sorry, NO WAY are the rings worn out. There is something else wrong.


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244739 10/20/19 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Tralever
When I get there I will find out how low the compression is
Why bother, you already know it's the rings without even diagnosing it. Either x-ray vision or old man diagnostics from the couch.


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Re: Have to drive car with low compression across the country... [Re: Tralever] #5244740 10/20/19 08:00 AM
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Betcha 10 bucks it has a melted cat

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