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Old 12-12-2008, 10:32 AM
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So had a little problem, which turned into a rather big one..

So, Monday, I'm driving to my girlfriend's house to pick her up cause me and her, plus my best friend and his GF are going out to eat.

I notice lots of smoke coming from under my hood when I pull into my friend's driveway, I check the dipstick for the oil, it's bone dry...now I just checked it less than a week ago and it had plenty, so I thought that was weird.

I walk down to Dollar General and buy 4 quarts of oil, and put three of it in the oil cap.

I drive the car to her house, and I leave after she gets in, then we drive to my friend's GF's house, I notice a nice big puddle of oil laying there after I pull my car back a little.

Then we drive back to my friend's house where I LEAVE the car and don't drive it anymore, and we walk back to my gf's house, and as we're walking there, we notice a trail of oil going all the way down the road and into the driveway, which has a HUGE puddle of oil in it.

So apparently the car dumped all that oil I just put in it out. :|

I left it at my friend's house to get picked up by a friend of mine so he could take it somewhere to fix it.

Day later, turns out it was nothing but a gasket under the car that had snapped and sprayed oil everywhere inside the hood.

It was a 3 dollar part from Honda that I had to buy, and had to pay 40 to get it put on the engine.

That's my story, just wondering if anyone else has had this problem before, and if you need specifics, then I guess I could snap a pic of teh broken gasket which I still have. And I was wondering if anyone could give me tips, if any, on how to prevent this crap from happening again.

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Re: So had a little problem, which turned into a rather big one..

yup nothing new. oil cooler, crank, balancer shaft, or cam seals are the most common to go bad.

ppl gotta remember, our cars are now 13-17 years old now. parts that can deteriorate like seals are bound to start going bad on all our cars.
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Re: So had a little problem, which turned into a rather big one..

yeah, what he said about the seals...
our ludes are old, honda or BMW doesnt really matter, cheap rubber seals are cheap rubbers seals
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Re: So had a little problem, which turned into a rather big one..

dude this seriously just happened to me check it out:

http://www.preludezone.com/showthread.php?t=14140

mine was the front balancer shaft seal, and pretty sure that 3 dollar part your talking about is the retainer that honda says to put in.
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Re: So had a little problem, which turned into a rather big one..

screw this...this happened to me last week. first week back at work after being out for 3 months with shoulder surgery. 2nd day back and my car screws up. oil cooler gasket. honda wasnt open and auto parts stores didnt have it so i ended up match a ford (where i work) fuel tank sender gasket and using that. so far its holding up but im going to honda monday to get the right sh*t
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True that Neck. At least it was just a gasket and you NOTICED it before it was too late. It could have been much worse. Routine Maintenance FTW.
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Re: So had a little problem, which turned into a rather big one..

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True that Neck. At least it was just a gasket and you NOTICED it before it was too late. It could have been much worse. Routine Maintenance FTW.
I got this all fixed a while back, sorry haven't been keepin ya informed. :D

It's working fine now, at least for a while. ****ing front passenger tire keeps going flat though. I've taken it to the tire shop twice. :(
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