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Old 12-08-2012, 01:41 AM
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leaks, leaks and more leaks, fml

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i rebuilt the motor about 20k ago, but ever since the rebuilt its burned oil, alot of oil. the machine shop had trouble honing my block so i just thought that maybe extensive blow by or my rings didnt set right, it didnt bother me to bad to buy a quart every other week or so. i never could find any major leaks or anything, so i never pursued the problem. well anways about three weeks ago my clutch started getting soft, really soft, not grabbing at all. so i bled the system, a whole lotta air, and waited to see ow long it would be till i had to bleed it again. two weeks about, i would say 500 miles. i just bled it yesterday, and today i traced the line and tried to find a leak, but all i could find is a little bit of oily stuff on the clutch damper, as seen here
i dont know if thats anything and if its not, whats the next thing to do in tracking down this constant clutch failure?
also i think i know why im loosing so much oil, i got a leak somewhere on the front of the engine, i think it is, the right side if your standing infront of the car. tomorrow i will take the valve cover off to see if its the cam seals? or what else could it be? heres some pictures of what im talking about, the first one is a faraway shot

here it is a little bit closer the cv joint boot is at the very bottom

and here is where i see most of the oil in a close up

and here is from the bottom looking up

the last leak is a water leak, we had a bunch of rain and today i found water in my trunk, along with my back seats being wet. when i got the car i had the same problem, did a little reading on here and replaced the taillight gaskets, so what else could it be? somthing with the sunroof drain pipes or something like that? thanks in advance for any light that you shed onto my dark problems
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Re: leaks, leaks and more leaks, fml

Have you replaced the distributor seal and the vtec silinoid and the oil cam cap plug? Is the last picture on the passanger side or the driver side? The second picture confused the **** out of me. Didn't realize the picture was from behind and not the front of the motor.
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Re: leaks, leaks and more leaks, fml

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Have you replaced the distributor seal and the vtec silinoid and the oil cam cap plug? Is the last picture on the passanger side or the driver side? The second picture confused the **** out of me. Didn't realize the picture was from behind and not the front of the motor.



The last photo is of the drivers side. Notice the crank position sensor (and the fact that he said it's the right side when looking at the motor)



OP; there is no shortcut way around this, you need to remove the crank pulley and timing cover in order to get a better look at what's leaking.


You can also remove your header and get a look at your exhaust valve seals - to see if they're leaking. And remove the spark plugs to take a peek into the cylinders for leaks.



As for the clutch damper - they're a pain in the ass. Which is why I always recommend doing the damper bypass, which completely does away with that system.
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thanks guys yea hopefully today i can take more of my car apart an see what the hell is going on, and if i do the damper bypass you think that might fix my problem?
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