oil leak on 2001 Honda Accord

I have a 2001 honda accord with 189,000 miles. during the last week I noticed an oil leak which is now approximately 1 by 1 foot. Any ideas on what can be the problem and what can be the cost range for repair?

by in Atlanta, GA on January 11, 2010
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3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by , August 30, 2010
Depends, my V6 sedan developed a nasty oil leak from the rear main seal and it was about 1200 at the dealer to fix since it involves taking the engine out. I got it done at an engine specialty shop for 850 which was a great deal. The rear main seal is the most important seal in the engine and when it goes it leaks like crazy. Mine leaked a half a quart in 2 weeks which forced me to fix it immediately. There are other seals so hope that it is not this one! Good luck!
ANSWER by , January 11, 2010
Before driving your car you need to make sure the engine oil level is full, then bring it to a shop to get this leak repaired, If you run the engine on no or low oil it can damage the engine permanently. We can't tell whats leaking but its probably a gasket but its still better than a new engine
ANSWER by , January 11, 2010
There are several places where your vehicle can leak oil, the first thing to do is find the source of the leak, then you'll be able to get an idea as to the cost of repairing it. What color is the fluid and where is it coming from?
COMMENT by , January 11, 2010
the oil is coming from the middle front of the car..kind of where water puddles develop after you run the air conditioner. It is brown.. Question, if a gasket is the problem what the guesstimate for this? thanks.
COMMENT by , January 11, 2010
Marylin, There are gaskets that might cost $50.00 to replace, and others that could cost $1000+, so guessing isn't much help here. Since it is leaking out so fast, you should get this towed to a shop and have it inspected before any damage is done to the engine. Once the shop has a recommendation, post it and we can give you some more information.