Earlier today while idling I smelt a burnt smell in my car. I brought my car home and opened er' up to find the right side(if facing car head on) of my camshaft smoking a little. I believe the smoke was white. I also noticed, as you'll see in the video, a liquid(likely oil) all around where I believe the gasket for the cam(valve cover?) runs(the length of the camshaft itself) and seals the valve cover itself.
I noticed a screw was missing(pic below), so I drove to the hardware store down the street and replaced the screw.
After idling the car for several minutes, it seemed the problem was gone as there was no smoke anymore. I figured the camshaft was just leaking oil because the screw was missing, the oil dripped down onto hotter parts of the engine bay and smoked as it burnt. Turns out after a quick drive with a few revs of the engine to make sure all was well, it was smoking again. I took video and uploaded it. Here's the link:
This shows how the oil(?) runs the length of the camshaft (gasket?). As you'll see, oil is also around the engine oil cap. I would think it could be that except the oil runs everywhere and the opposite side of the cam was the area smoking(see pic).
I've also got a picture:
I've never dealt or messed with the camshaft, cam seal, cam gasket, etc. but from what I've read on this site and others, it sounds like I need to replace the Valve Cover Gasket(as done here: Cam Seal and Valve Cover Gasket Replacement - Team Integra Forums - Team Integra
) and I should be good to go.
Any input, help, advice at all would be great help! Thanks!
EDIT: Trying to upload an HD version to youtube, but internet is struggling. Will keep trying.
EDIT: Added new video link, HD should be watchable soon.
***EDIT***: My Dad looked at the car and this is what we know: The liquid is actually oil, it is apparently leaking slightly, and it is burning once it hits the exhaust. From what I understand, this is not a big deal and some individuals would simply allow this to continue and supplement by adding oil every few thousand miles. At this point, I'm going to continue driving my car regularly unless problems escalate or more problems ensue. I will be replacing the valve cover gasket when I get some free time probably within a week or two. Thanks!