Distributors on High Mileage Vehicles May Leak Oil onto Heater Hose on Honda Accord

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The distributors on higher mileage vehicles can leak oil onto the heater hose causing the hose to soften and break. Heater hose breakage will cause a coolant leak.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 169,235 (80,000–245,000)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.7L V6
11 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002
35 people reported this problem
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I have a 91 Honda Accord and recently it started leaking around the area of the transmission, radiator, and oil pan. The engine starts to smoke but temp gage stays half way between hot and cold. The smell is similar to pancake syrup that has been left on the stove too long. I do not know what the problem is and I'm hoping someone will know. I still have not fixed it or had the problem taken care of. I'm a single, unemployed mother of two and I do not have the money to pay a mechanic.
It appears that oil is leaking from somewhere near the distributer. This caused the heater hose to turn into a jello-like substance and break. It was so bad that I had to cut the hose to pieces to get it out. There is oil and gunk covering everything in the same area. The Vehicle Speed Sensor went and it too is covered in oil, so I'm wondering if this seeming leak could be the cause. I have been driving anyway without the speed sensor (I have an app on my phone to monitor my speed) and now there is a short going through that knocks out the fuse so my whole instrument panel, windows, clock, and reverse lights no longer work.
Oil leak from distributor caused heater hose to develop a small coolant leak. I replaced the hose.
Heater hose was leaking lots of coolant so had to add daily. Did notice lots of oil on the hose where the split/hole was. Removed the distributor to put new hose on and small o ring still looked fine so where else does the oil come from near the distributor?
Honda fixed hoses, had coolant leak, reving engine in idle when not giving gas while driving, fixed and then had head gasket crack