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Old 10-10-2014, 12:23 PM
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Engine Oil Leak

Was looking to buy a '99 Prelude but when I went to check it out there was some sort of oil around the engine? is it a leak? is it worth fixing? (Attached Pics)

The owner told me he took it to the mechanic and they said "keep an eye on it"

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Re: Engine Oil Leak

Could be that plug in the top left corner of the head. The distributor o ring could be contributing too. Doesnt look like the valve cover gasket is leaking to me. Whatever it is its probably just a bad seal, not so serious, should be a simple fix once you find whats leaking
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appreciate it, should I get a mechanical inspection done before I buy it?
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how much do you think the repairs would cost?
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Re: Engine Oil Leak

Less than $20 if you do it. $85/hr if you pay somebody.

Yes on the mechanic looking over the car before you buy it.
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any advice on what exact part I need to repair or how to repair it? thanks
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Re: Engine Oil Leak

You'll just need to tear it down and check all your seals and gaskets. Not a bad idea to go ahead and replace everything while your looking for the problem. Vtec solenoid gasket, rear cam seal, distributor oring, valve cover gasket. Could be any of them. Clean it real good when your finished so its easy to identify the leak if it persists.. actually.. clean it thoroughly right away, drive it and check periodically to see if you can pin-point the leak.
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Re: Engine Oil Leak

I'd have to disagree that that VC gasket isn't leaking. The staining extends 1/4 of the way across the front of the head, and right up to the point where the two meet. You definitely have something going on there.


1) - Definitely get the VC gasket and the spark plug tube gromets replaced. (They come as a kit).

2) - While that is being done, have the cam seal replaced with an aftermarket one. Aftermarket is cheaper than the junky Honda ones.

3) While you have the VC off, check the cam seals on the timing side. It's a PITA job to replace them, BUT you would rather know now if they are leaking than button it all up and find out later.


Once that stuff is done, if you still have leaks:

4) - Distrubutor o-ring. The ones on my '99 are fine but who knows what yours will look like.

5) - VTEC solenoid.


The reason I would leave these two till later is, if money is a problem, and you have to choose certain jobs, these two don't require opening up the head to replace. They are "bolt on" ancillaries that can be removed without having to dismantle much.

The first three require pulling the VC off, which is more involved, and really, the less you have to play with the VC gasket the better. Do these three in one swoop and button it up.

If money isn't an issue, do it all at once.


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Re: Engine Oil Leak

thanks for your input guys, will definitely take your advice. Really hoping its nothing big, the cars $3500 and I'm hoping it'll be my first prelude.the body is in immaculate condition for a '99 and man theres just something about pearl white preludes. and hard to find an auto tranny. I live in the great west, Calgary!
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