The balance shaft seal 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.
Average mileage: 141,203 (50,000–220,000)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.7L V6
12 people reported this problem
BALANCE SHAFT SEAL FELL OUT - 1997 HONDA ACCORD LX - 4 DOOR - 80,011 MILES - 09/26/2012
Own a 1997 Honda Accord LX, 4 door, automatic transmission, 4 cylinder, and have followed the "severe" maintenance schedule" setforth in the Honda Owners Manual, to include oil and oil filter changes every 3,000 miles.
On 09/26/2012, was driving and noticed the "low oil pressure" light illuminating off and on on the vehicle dashboard.
Immediately stopped vehicle to determine cause and discovered oil dripping from driver rear side of engine block, with massive amount of engine oil coating the underside of the driver floorboard all the way back to rear of vehicle floorboard.
Vehicle towed to Ed Voyles Honda, 2103 Cobb Parkway, SE, Marietta, Georgia 30067.
Upon inspection by Honda technician(s), determined that main cause of massive oil leak was due to "BALANCE SAFT SEAL FALLING OUT".
Due to the massive extent of the spread of the oil, all belts and water pump required replacement, to include new balance shaft oil seal, oil pan gasket (mandatory to allow inspection of oil pump, oil pump seals, and determine if any metal shavings were evident, which may have indicated engine damage).
Fortunately, no engine damage transpired, as no metal shavings were evident, and upon reinstallation of new parts, no faulty ECM codes appeared. Vehicle started and ran as before. Repair cost with labor: $1,140.37.
NOTE: This issue transpired approximately 10,000 miles after the entire automatic transmission had to be rebuilt due to premature transmission failure, which is a COMMON issue for the Honda Accord with automatic transmission. See Report #46 under 1997 Honda Accord Transmission Failures.
Please note, that should this incident occur to you while you're driving, is to IMMEDIATELY STOP the vehicle, turning the engine OFF, and have it towed. Attempting to drive the vehicle with the "Low Engine Oil" illuminated will cause permanent engine damage which is very costly.