Close
Car Questions
RepairPal is your advocate for car care advice and guidance

Oil leak

(1990 Honda Accord)
in Wooster, OH on February 06, 2009
I have a 90 Accord LX 5 speed, 2.2 motor. It has 300,xxxmiles and recently it started spraying oil up onto my hood while driveing. It is in the general area of the distributer and this site mentions that it could leak oil. I tried to locate the exact area of the leak/spray while it was running in neutral but it does not spray unless it is under a load. ie: driving up hill. I am worried and need a direction. Could it be a leaky distributer seal, camshaft seal or neither?
Displaying 2 answers & 3 comments
Popular Answer
A worn engine with excess blow by (combustion gasses leaking past the piston rings into the crankcase) may be prone to oil leaks at higher RPMs and engine load. The distributors do leak oil past the o ring between distributor body and head and between distributor shaft and distributor internally remove the distributor cap and inspect for oil. A big source of oil leakage is usually the balance shaft seal in the timing cover and the valve cover gasket.
I am glad your oil leak is fixed! Have you installed a seal retainer bracket on your balance shaft belt? I have ssen may Balance shaft seals fall out, initially Honda were denying a problem but the aftermarket came up with a seal retainer to secure the seal. You have to remove the timing cover to fit the seal retainer.
on February 08, 2009
Thanks! It was the Valve cover gasket and the distributor seal. I replaced all and did a full tune up. Runs great and no oil spray/leaks. Runs like a million bucks again!
on February 09, 2009
I checked an it seemed ok. I drove the heck out of it and still no oil leaks. I plan to drive it till it gives up. Thanks for the heads up on the other seals. That one fell off on my CRX. I had to use make a gasket in a pinch.
on August 08, 2010
it is the v-tech syllanoid gasket its 4 dollars and a very easy fix
Get a repair estimate
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 2,000 quality certified locations nationwide.
Or interested in getting a repair? Find a Shop

Similar Questions

View answers to similar questions from RepairPal's community of auto experts and enthusiasts.
I don’t no y the car burns oil so fast is it normal?
Just started with light goes on for a second when starting car /runs great/ but oil is leaking/do not from where. put...
Didn't find what you were looking for?