Honda Odyssey Problem Report

Honda Odyssey Oil Leak From Front of Engine

(5 reports)

A seal in the 4 cylinder engine around the balance shaft tends to fall out, causing a large oil leak. There is a retaining device available to prevent the seal from falling out, which can be put in place during routine timing belt maintenance.

Shaft seal fell out and dumped all oil in front of Target. Fortunately a passerby noticed and I stopped the engine in time. After a tow home (covered by Nationwide Insurance) and a quick pop of the timing cover, I noticed that whomever owned the car before me had a timing belt replacement but the retainer clip was not installed. If you own or buy one of these model engines, check it out before driving! This would have been a seized block if it happened on the highway. -
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