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Old 01-06-2012   #1
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Engine Oil Leak from the top

I got a puddle of oil leaking from the top of the engine (passenger side).
I can't figure it out where it comes from...may be from the gaps of engine.
Since I'm a newbie on car engines, I'm wondering if experts here came help me out. Is there any type of seals of washers on that side of engine?
Should I attempt to open the top of engine?


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Re: Engine Oil Leak from the top

There is a gasket near the end of the camshaft that has caused problems for some members. It's number 6: http://www.hondapartscheap.com/index...D%20%28SOHC%29

To pinpoint the leak: Clean the affected area real good (brake or carb cleaner works well). Then turn the engine on and watch that spot. If nothing happens, drive it for 5-10 minutes then look again.
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Re: Engine Oil Leak from the top

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Clean the affected area real good
Throw a bunch of talc on it (baby powder?) after it is perfectly clean.

I actually have leak tracing powder in a spray can for this, but ordinary talc works well if it doesn't blow off.
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Re: Engine Oil Leak from the top

Change your pcv valve if you havent changed it in awhile. Or you can even clean it with break cleaner since its metal.
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Re: Engine Oil Leak from the top

Order part #6. It's a common leaker.
Pop off the old one, lube the new one and smack it in place.
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Re: Engine Oil Leak from the top

Thank you for all the replies guys.

I took your recommandation and replaced part #6 (thank you Lazlong for the link, that really helped because dealer didn't know what I'm talking about until I give him the part #).

Can't drive the civic for a couple days to let the sealant to dry

Anyone know why Honda would put a plastic cap onto a engine where it is in contact with hot oil?
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because dealer didn't know what I'm talking about until I give him the part #).
I know exactly why they don't. Too lengthy to explain here, but rest assured that most shops don't have all star teams. Dealer and independent both.

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Anyone know why Honda would put a plastic cap onto a engine where it is in contact with hot oil?
Cost.
It's dirt cheap to make.
And if it's the type with an O ring, it's the O ring that leaks. The rubber hardens and shrinks with many heat cycles.
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Re: Engine Oil Leak from the top

To fix this leak, does the valve cover need to be removed. I can't seem to open the link with #6 part # can you post the #. I am having the same issue with my 02.
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To fix this leak, does the valve cover need to be removed.

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I can't seem to open the link with #6 part # can you post the #. I am having the same issue with my 02.
Link above is dead, so I'm just guessing this was it:
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12513-P72-003

PLUG, CYLINDER HEAD
8.00 5.60


Go here, pick out YOUR car from the choices:
http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/

Pick "Honda parts catalog online", build your car, then select "cylinder head (SOHC)" from the list.


NOTE: This is a US catalog, but it should still work up there....eh?
Some versions of the cars are different, like your Si is our EX.
Our Si with a 2.0 engine you apparently didn't get at all.


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Re: Engine Oil Leak from the top

Yes that is it. Thanks But does that plug come out with out removing the head?

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