2004 Honda Accord Q&A

2004 Honda Accord Question: Had timing belt pkg, waterpump & sparkplugs replaced. It is now leaking oil

near the water pump and did not leak oil prior to this maintenance. Is the mechanic responsible for this, or just a coincident? -
Answer 1
It is hard to tell. I would question whether the cam and crank seals were replaced. -
Comment 1
After taking the car back, I was told it was leaking at the crank seal, it was not replaced when the initial work was done, (was told they didn't know it was leaking), WELL, it wasn't leaking prior to the first maintenance. So had it replaced and had to pay!! -
Comment 2
I think every state like Florida should have a MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR ACT. I don't think GA has any kind of law governing auto repair. If you feel up to it I would sue the repair shop in small claims court. They were negligent in not replacing the cam and crank seal. These kind of shops is what gives all auto repair shops a bad name. Sorry for your misfortune. The repair shop that did the work should have given you the option to replace the seals at the time of the estimate. -
Answer 2
i agree with parts guy, we always repl due to this. thats the diff in prices some shops charge. some do it with all necessary parts and labor and some do it right but alittle cheaper, this is why -
Answer 3
Yes and no, he should have checked the valve cover gasket to see if it is leaking. Quick and easy fix 4 bolts, rubber gasket and silicone. -
Comment 1
Factory valve covers on those V-6 engines have very few problems.Unlikely source of leak. Sounds like they just wanted to get paid twice for the same job. As was stated by globalhelper....THAT is why the places that do the job right the first time (or back their work ), charge more. Start asking around for references to a better shop. -
Comment 2
Thanks for your comments. I have certainly learned to check around in this small city.. Now I have to deal with another problem. My car just stopped in the road this morning (without warning) ... I finally got it cranked and noticed an indicator light on, after checking my owner's manual it is the Malfunction Indicator Lamp. I checked the fuel cap (per the manual) and it was ok, Any suggestions before I look for help tomorrow? The dealership where I purchased the car is 50 miles from here, should I go that far? -