Oil Leak From Front of Engine on Honda Odyssey

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.

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Average mileage: 150,000 (150,000–150,000)
Engine affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder
4 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
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1998 Honda Odyssey- 2.3L 4 Cylinder150,000
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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