1999 Honda Accord loses oil, about one quart per fill up. 4 cyl VTEC engine. on 1999 Honda Accord

No apparent leaks, no apparent smoke. Has had this for two years. 230K miles. Do I need a valve job? If so, what's a fair price? Thank you.

by in Virginia Beach, VA on July 19, 2014
3 answers 7 comments
ANSWER by on July 19, 2014
It doesn't have a drop of oil at the bottom of the timing cover , behind the crank pulley?
COMMENT by on July 20, 2014
Yea, there appears to be a lot of oil on the engine on the side to the rear of the car. Can't tell if it's coming from the block or the head cover. It looks like it could be the head gasket, although I had no overheating and there's no sign of oil in the antifreeze. I've read that it s better to go with a rebuilt engine. What's your recommendation, and what's a good price to do the job?
COMMENT by on July 20, 2014
First you said "no apparent leaks" , then you confirmed my suspicion of cam seal and balance shaft seal leaks. Also , oil leaks from the distributor and oil cooler (if equipped) are very common. Before doing anything drastic , I would recommend cleaning the engine properly and confirming the leaks , and repairing them. For the internals(rings, valves) Check compression and check valve ADJUSTMENT. .... If it ain't broke , don't fix it...just my opinion , your car. Enjoy.
ANSWER by on July 20, 2014
I wouldn't do a valve job on an engine with 230k on it- too much risk of having a lower engine failure soon afterwards and wasting the investment. Sounds like you have a leak, which might be worth fixing. There is no charge to take a quick look and give you an estimate on fixing it. Our number is 643-2559, and we're located in Newport News.
COMMENT by on July 20, 2014
Okay thanx, I'll call tomorrow.
ANSWER by on July 21, 2014
I have seen a lot oil oil pressure senders/switches leak. Recommend put on a lift and use spray parts cleaner then run while on lift and watch for the source of leak so you fix/replace it right the first time, call Roy or James at 757-456-0722 if you would like leak checked/repaired and get a FREE loaner vehicle while yours is in our shop
COMMENT by on July 21, 2014
Thanx. I believe I have isolated the leak to the distributor, of all things.
COMMENT by on July 21, 2014
Mark the housing and end cap , so you don't have to fuss with timing it. Glad it was the simpler of my suspicions(& probably several others reading this!).
COMMENT by on July 22, 2014
I threw in the distributor today, and will keep you posted. Seemed like a lot of oil for such an insignificant part.
COMMENT by on July 25, 2014
....Try running it without the distributor! Not so insignificant then!!...Hope that takes care of the oil loss.

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