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Old 02-28-2014   #1 (permalink)
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oil leak '97 Civic

I'm struggling to identify the following component on a '97 1.6 liter Honda Civic engine. The leak has progressed where it is a steady drip where it bolts to the engine but only when the vehicle is running. I can't seem to identify the component in a couple of repair manuals I own. Any help is greatly appreciated. I'll apologize for the photo I attached up front but my cell phone is a Cricket..not the greatest of pixels but I think it should do the trick.

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Re: oil leak '97 Civic

If it's that nubby brownish thing, that's a solenoid. If it's near the top of your engine, it's probably the VTEC one.
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Re: oil leak '97 Civic

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The valve itself is not usually a problem......but it has 2 gaskets that commonly leak, they are made of rubber and and they can leak a LOT of oil when they get old, hard, and brittle.

This one is listed in the Honda dealer catalog, 15825-P2M-005 is around $20:







This one is not listed for your year, you have to ask for one that fits a 95 EX Civic:


Someone else here in the forum actually bought this gasket for their 6th gen and reported back that it was correct.
36172-P08-015 is the part # for the upper gasket (from a 95 EX), and it should be about $8.

The top section (solenoid coil) has 3 bolts. There are small parts that can be lost though, so you gotta be careful. If you lose anything, you will be buying the whole valve, which is about $365.

Your dealer can usually get the parts the next day if they don't have them in stock.
Mail order (Majestic) for the gaskets might not be any cheaper after shipping charges are added.

HTH
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Re: oil leak '97 Civic

Thanks!! Fluorescent dye confirmed it's leaking from the VTEC solenoid valve filter/o ring where it bolts on to the motor and after the ends warms up, it's a pretty significant steady leak. Thanks for the ridiculously fast reply!!

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Sounds like you plan on doing only one of the gaskets?
Do replace both of the gaskets. They are the same age and all, and both can leak like nobodys business.

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at my age...there might not be a tomorrow!!

Thanks again. I'll replace both.

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Re: oil leak '97 Civic

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The valve itself is not usually a problem......but it has 2 gaskets that commonly leak, they are made of rubber and and they can leak a LOT of oil when they get old, hard, and brittle.

This one is listed in the Honda dealer catalog, 15825-P2M-005 is around $20:







This one is not listed for your year, you have to ask for one that fits a 95 EX Civic:


Someone else here in the forum actually bought this gasket for their 6th gen and reported back that it was correct.
36172-P08-015 is the part # for the upper gasket (from a 95 EX), and it should be about $8
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The top section (solenoid coil) has 3 bolts. There are small parts that can be lost though, so you gotta be careful. If you lose anything, you will be buying the whole valve, which is about $365.

Your dealer can usually get the parts the next day if they don't have them in stock.
Mail order (Majestic) for the gaskets might not be any cheaper after shipping charges are added.

HTH
That was me... yup that part number worked just fine for my car and solved my leak issue. well one of them....
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