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Culprit of oil leak, drain plug side, right and up of oil filter?

I've already changed camshaft seal, valve cover (plus o-rings) gasket, and for a third time the oil pan gasket (OPG).

While changing and doing a follow up the OPG change for the 3rd time, I noticed, on the drain plug side, to the right of the oil filter was a line of leakage, but I couldn't pin point it to the source since it was high up above with the cv axle obstructing the view.

I presume it's not the oil pressure sending unit, since it is to the left of the oil filter. If the OPSU is likely fine, I'd rather wait until summer time to change it anyway given it's age, since I don't want to risk having to fix other things in the winter time, if I happen to damage something else while "fixing it".

I've read, that the front main and rear main seals are also common culprits of engine leaks on these cars. As a shade-tree mechanic, these are likely out of my scope, so I'd have to put them off until the next timing belt change, which is due in 20k miles.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-23-2017, 08:29 PM
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oem opg is pretty much designed to leak.
did the hondahabit gasket and it still leaks a bit
but not as bad. probably need to tighten the studs and nuts some more.

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The front main seal looks doable especially if you can do a timing belt job yourself (I haven't tried, but you can see if when you have the belt off). However, I probably wouldnt do the rear main seal myself.
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Just to name few other potential areas to check for the oil leak using an oil die:


1. OEM catch can o-ring
2. Distributor o-ring
3. VTEC solenoid gasket
4. Oil filter o-ring
5. Oil plug washers - 4 total (very low chance, unless someone messed with these previously)


When you changed valve cover gasket, did you clean under the valve cover? There are 8 areas that require liquid gasket application. Liquid gasket takes time to cure, if valve cover wasn't cleaned from the oil it would work its way to contaminate these areas and prevent seal from forming. Same goes to the oil pan gasket. There are 4 areas that require liquid gasket application. You can almost never drain engine oil effectively to allow liquid gasket to cure before contamination occurs. You would need to let the car seat for a weekend (the longer the better). Then after removing the oil pan, I would suggest removing the oil pick up tube and the windage plate to access the area around crankshaft for cleaning purposes. Then use a rag to wipe engine block walls dry as far as your hand can reach. All around. Use new oil pick up tube gasket. Reinstall windage plate and oil pick up tube back. If reusing the oil pan gasket, soak it in 90% alcohol to remove oil. Wipe it clean and dry. Clean the oil pan mating surface of any oil. Apply liquid gasket where required. Install oil pan. Torque bolts in proper order. Retorque bolts in the same order. Retorque them again until you confirm that these are 100% torqued to spec. (I believe 96 inch-pounds). Good luck.

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I forgot to mentin, the third time when doing the OGP, I used myhondahabit. Only thing I'd say I did wrong, was I turned the engine on 4 hours after tightening the bolts to 104 lbs inch torque (8.7 to 9.1 lb ft).

What do you all think about those glow in the dark additives you mix with the engine oil?
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What do you all think about those glow in the dark additives you mix with the engine oil?
I've used it in the past with success!

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What do you all think about those glow in the dark additives you mix with the engine oil?
They've saved my butt a few times. Worth every penny.

The flashlight can also be used to see the headlight level bubble even after it's nearly impossible to see with the naked eye.

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