Honda Accord Problems

Oil Leak From Engine and Possible Check Engine Light on Honda Accord

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The Honda Accord has a known issue with engine oil leaking from the ignition distributor shaft seal.

Leakage from the shaft seal coats the electrical components of the distributor with engine oil causing:

  • Failure to start 
  • Engine randomly misfires 
  • OBD Trouble code(s) P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P1336, P1337 
  • Engine vibrations  
  • Hesitation or stalling 
  • Cleaning the distributor cap and rotor can help or resolve driveability issues temporarily, but the mentioned issues will return shortly.

    Once this issue is diagnosed, the ignition distributor shaft seal must be replaced, and the distributor shaft bearing must be inspected.

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    Honda Accord Vehicles With This Problem

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    Average mileage: 189,186 (62,271–291,228)
    Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.7L V6
    11 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
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    Engine looses power and backfires while driving at highway speeds, this is an intermitent occurance
    1994 Honda Accord LX, 4 Cylinder

    -Oil in distributor cap and all around outside of the old distributor.
    -Heavy steering
    -Low idle
    -Stalling at stop lights and on startup
    -Rough idle (pressing knee against steering wheel caused entire vehicle to shake).

    Replaced old distributor with new aftermarket distributor (~$85).
    -Power steering regained strength
    -Smoother idle and no apparent power loss when stopping
    -RPM needle doesn't budge when I turn on A/C (that's a first!)
    my distributor has been replaced twice due to oil in the cap and i have only had it two years
    Car misfires was driving causing a loss of power and seem to momentarily stalls. Took it to the Honda Dealer and was told the reason for the misfires is an after market distributor and spark plug wires need changing. I have not replace the distributor yet but have placed an order for a new Honda distributor should arrive here on Thursday or Friday. I will update after repair and test drive.
    I had a oil leak, which made it jump time and warp a head.I brought a new timing chain,and got my heads resurfaced, got a distributor, wires and plugs.Now the distributor is leaking like a water faucet. What can I do?
    Oil would leak from distributor area with noticeable power loss. Took the distributo off and found the source to be the distributor shaft seal. New seal can be purchased for around $15 and simple to replace. Bought new cap and rotor and the leak was fixed.
    Replace the O-ring inside the distributor before buying a whole new unit- it only cost a dollar and there is no longer oil leaking in my distributor, my car is running great!
    Actually I had to replace the distributor three time. One case was a faulty part and the shop replaced it for free after taking the car to another shop to rope them in after they said everything was fine when the car was idling very rough.
    62271- seal leaking, bought and replaced
    64560- faulty distributor/ bad fuse/ replaced for free
    100667- replaced distributor- Seal leaking again
    150118- Replaced distributor- DIFFERENT SYMPTOM- Car running perfectly while driving then simply dies smoothly like when the car is turned off with a key.

    Last mechanic said the distributor is a weak link in this car.