I have a little over 213,000 miles on my accord wagon, my questions is what is the cost of replacing a rear main seal, I have to add about a qt. of oil every 10-14 days, can't be sure if its the rear seal or camshaft seal. need to hold on to this car at least two more years. also I'm in need of changing the timing belt and tensioners any suggestions as to how to prioritize these projects and to what total cost this will run me or look for a newer used model. thanks in advance for your help.
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1995 Honda Accord
Question: rear main engine seal
Answer #1Andy Y March 10, 2009, 12:17Master
It's implied in your question but I want to be sure, the oil is visibly leaking on the ground? Where does it look like the oil is leaking from? If it's leaking from the rear cam seal, you should see the oil leaking from near the valve cover onto the transmission bell housing. If it's the rear main, it will likely be dry above the bell housing (if that is the only leak). If there are no visible leaks, do you see a bluish-gray smoke from the exhaust?
If you need a timing belt, often shops will also recommend the (front - accessory side) cam seals, maybe the main seal, tensioners, water pump, and belt. The additions all require removal of the timing belt so it is good to do those "while you're there".
Priorities depend on how many miles you have on the timing belt, and from where the oil is leaking. The price to do the timing belt job with the add-ons will probably be close to the price in the RepairPal estimator but add another 100-200 for additional part costs. Timing belt jobs are pretty standard on Accords so you might consider calling around