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Old 03-24-2013, 05:52 PM
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So i have a jdm h22a in my 1992 prelude

i was backing up into my garage. the car was already idling pretty low. around 400rpm. as soon as i backed it into my garage, it went to 100rpm and died.
then i tried starting it. it would crank and turn over. but no start. eventually it started again

i checked the valve spring bolts. none are loose. the map plug isnt dirty or anything.

then i looked under my valve cover, and saw this. ps the car isnt over heating



it isnt on the dib stick. its only on the actual valve cover(from what i can see)

some are telling me its because its cold and my car has been sitting since i bought it(a month ago). but i start it and take it for a boot once a week. someone said its condensation.

maybe the head gasket is blown? or about to blow

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Re: h22a problems with picture

As much as I love Guiness, seeing it come from your car is NEVER a good thing.

Drain your oil; I'm betting its gonna look just like that as well, which isn't good.
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well what is it. the car isnt over heating. it cant be the head gasket
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Re: h22a problems with picture

If its just on the upper part of the valve cover and the oil cap that would just from sitting. Condensation gathers in the valve cover and mixes with the oil and gets milky and gunky. As far as idling down and dying and being a hard start, check your plugs, dizzy cap, rotor, oh and some times ( it's rare ) the temp sensor goes out and causes hard starts. If you know someone with a fuel pressure gauge set check your fuel pressure. One sure fire way to check for a bad head gasket is a block tester, most auto parts stores rent them out.
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Re: h22a problems with picture

i took the dib stick out again. and i swear i saw some milky oil. bit i wiped it to soon. then i checked it again maybe 10 more times, nothing.

i have a spare head, i think im going to swap it. that will fix whatever problem i have causing this milk, right?
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Drain the oil. Start there.
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blown headgasket.

make sure to machine your head before you put it there
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well it has no symptoms of a blown hg

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so guys. is it worth the fix? or should i sell this car. i can get around 2200$ for it

i dont know how to change a head gasket, so id have to pay my mechanic. i blew it on my integra. he charged me 680$ for parts and labour. head gasket, timing belt and water pump.

hes cheap. hes a mechanic for hydro and does side jobs at his house.
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Re: h22a problems with picture

Well that sucks. Ive seen it before: Headgasket.
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it doesnt even run bad though. ive blown a head gasket before. doesnt act anything like a blown head gasket.

i think its condensation
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..... asks for our advice, then doesn't listen to us when we give it.....
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lol!^ .. why do you think your coolant is mixing with your oil then?
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yea that's not good when you see chocolate milk, yea do a oil change and check ur coolant level and hope for the best.
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im not doubting you guys. im just saying, the main symptoms of a blown head gasket is a smokey exhaust and the car putters. this car isnt.

not being rude, but have you guys even heard about car engines having condensation from sitting for a long time.
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i took the dib stick out again. and i swear i saw some milky oil.


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and where do you think the dip stick reads oil from??



what do you have against something as simple as draining the oil?
whatever the results, while not being 100% accurate, will be a good indicator if something is/isn't wrong.
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Re: h22a problems with picture

test the coolant pressure for leak, headgasket.....

it would be worth the fix, if you did it yourself...

maybe you should worry about all this before, you try to hide that Nitrous, otherwise, your car wont be getting anywhere anytime soon...
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so i took the valve cover off, washed it all nice and clean.

ran the car for a bit. then let it sit. i checked the valve cover again, no trace of white. so i washed it again, and im going to let it sit for a few days. if the milk comes back while its sitting, its condensation.
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if you have no imput, dont say anything. im looking for people to comment that know stuff about engines. thanks

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I actually hate to do this, but I wouldn't be 100% sure that it's the head gasket. How long has the car sat without being run?
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I actually hate to do this, but I wouldn't be 100% sure that it's the head gasket. How long has the car sat without being run?
I agree that it might not be but a simple oil change would only be beneficial.

Usually that much condensation build up takes a lot of downtime though.
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I actually hate to do this, but I wouldn't be 100% sure that it's the head gasket. How long has the car sat without being run?
I have NEVER seen such thing and my car has been sometimes over a month that I havent touch it. many times
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That's why I asked. My car sat for 4ish months (beginning of November through the beginning of March) outside in the Midwest, so there was lots of temperature fluctuation, frosts/defrosts, snows followed by 60* days. I recently had this condensation problem and thought it was a head gasket (which was nigh impossible since I JUST put a new OEM gasket on when I replaced my valves). Like OP though, it was ONLY accumulating in the valve cover, none on the dipstick, none in the oil I drained from the car. I'm attributing it to the car sitting for so long, as well as the assembly lube I used and the residual coolant that might have gotten into the oil galleys/passages when I had the head off.

ANYWAY, OP I highly recommend you drain your oil first and foremost and take a looksie.
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i second the opinion that there is alot of simple quality advice from people who know engines that give you options on finding out the problem/solution, and your not taking any of that advice....

so why ask in the first place?
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Re: h22a problems with picture

Also OP, don't be so intimidated. A head gasket isn't that serious of a job. What kind of space/tools do you have to work with?
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