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A cry for help... PLEASE

I know, I've made a thread about this already, But I have better pictures now, I have a HORRIBLE oil leak, I leak 1 quart every other day. I need to get this fixed so I can pass emissions and get my car registered. Unfortunately after finding out how much it would cost to get my car registered, I can no longer afford to get it fixed for a while but I need to drive my car. I'm pretty sure the oil is coming from the timing belt cover, it drips vertically onto that plate.
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

I basically need to locate the exact location so i can fix it myself, i cant afford a mechanic
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

the camera was backwards so the black thing is the timing belt cover
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

Hard to tell exactly what we are looking at there. Can you take another picture zoomed out a little? But if it's leaking that much on the timing side, could be a cam seal or crank seal. They tend to be common leaky seals. If you take off the valve cover, and upper timing cover, you can look down inside of there to see if it's either of those.
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Hard to tell exactly what we are looking at there. Can you take another picture zoomed out a little? But if it's leaking that much on the timing side, could be a cam seal or crank seal. They tend to be common leaky seals. If you take off the valve cover, and upper timing cover, you can look down inside of there to see if it's either of those.
I'll take better pictures tomorrow when there's daylight
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

it could possibly be a problem with the VTEC manifold, I had that problem before, got it fixed and no more leaking!
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

Might be rear mail seal, oil pump seal or anything along those lines and possibly the oil pan. If it indeed is one of the things I first mentioned you will have to remove the timing belt cover and it is quite a bitsh but you can do it and since you will be going through some trouble I would do a manual belt tension er replacement for preventative maintenance.
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

I'd consider myself pretty savvy with prelude engines/bays, and I have no frigging idea what that picture is looking at.



If its in the area of the timing belt, if it's not from the VC dripping down, its not going to be an easy fix.


*edit* I think I understand the location. Silver part on the left of the pic is the fuel rail/intake manifold??
If so, there's a good chance its only your VC gasket.
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

I really hope it's my VC gasket, but the thing is, my timing belt cover is wet in oil, do you think the VC gasket leaks that much?
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I'd consider myself pretty savvy with prelude engines/bays, and I have no frigging idea what that picture is looking at.



If its in the area of the timing belt, if it's not from the VC dripping down, its not going to be an easy fix.


*edit* I think I understand the location. Silver part on the left of the pic is the fuel rail/intake manifold??
If so, there's a good chance its only your VC gasket.
yes, it's by the IM.
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I really hope it's my VC gasket, but the thing is, my timing belt cover is wet in oil, do you think the VC gasket leaks that much?


You better start praying its the VC, cuz that's like a thousand times easier than any behind the timing belt/cover.
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

Don't know till you pull it apart. When you take off the vc, replace the gasket even if you don't think that is the leak, and make sure you clean both surfaces that the gasket touches. A kit with all the gaskets (including the ones around the spark plugs is about $40 at oreillys
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

is that the side with the cam gears? it might be the oil seal. or if its the other side it can be the cam seal.
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

Thats a lot of oil to loose in a few I'd say don't drive your prelude until you fix it you don't want to screw anything up more. Best bet is to take off your valve cover and look for where the leak could be leaking from around the head. If it clean take off your upper timing belt cover, Think it's just a few bolts and you can easily inspect your cam seals from there. If the leak is on the timing belt side get ready to change everything on that side, cam seals, timing belt, tensior, waterpump if they haven't already been changed recently.
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

More pics, they get closer and closer, the last pic is the closest i could get
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

far away with a circle showing the area would be better
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right side of engine between where timing belt cover and valve cover meet
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

Usaully you can't see the oil leak from the top of the engine when the cam seals. main seal are leaking since it's covered by the cover and usaully seen from the bottom and on the floor. Correct me if Im wrong but that's how mines is. Unless the pics are taken from the bottom, I can't really tell
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Re: A cry for help... PLEASE

Hard to tell from the pics, but if it's coming from the upper area around the VC/timing belt cover, near the cam gears, chances are it's a cam seal. If it's coming from the bottom of that area, my money's on balance shaft seal.
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