I recently was told by a mechanic that i had an oil leak in my acura 3.5 rl, i havent got it fixed as of yet but i keep it topped off with oil for the time being. now during this past week my car began to not start and even shutoff and is getting worst. I dont understand what the problem is and dont know if it is connected to the oil leak or to getting a new rack and pinnion 3 months prior to this. Can you give me an idea as to what the problem is?
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Re: can oil leak lead to car not starting?
That all depends on what the oil leak is getting on, but generally the answer is that no an oil leak and a rack and pinion repair will not cause your starting problem, that may be caused by no spark or lack of fuel pressure.
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I bought a 2000 RL used, with some factory warranty remaining, and then bought an extended warranty. While hnder warranty, car began to smell up my garage from fumes from oil dripping onto hot exhaust. Not enough oil at that point to show up on garage floor. Complained to dealer about the odor but Acura Master Mechanic (said he) couldn't find source of odor (although I told him I suspected an oil leak because I had prior experience with oil leaks and resultant smells on another car). On the next service visit after the extended warranty expired, same master mechanic said my RL's rear main oil seal was leaking onto exhaust causing odor. And the dealer wanted north of $1000 to fix it. I declined. Leak has steadily gotten worse - now visible drops on garage floor. An independent repair shop quoted $650 plus the cost of replacing expensive, special Honda transmission fluid. Took my complaint all the way up the chain to the head of Honda in Japan, but got no assistance. No more Honda products for me.
replace the sump as you probably have cracked it. check the condition of the oil pump pick up as it may be bent and cracked . Best to have the job done by an accredited mechanic as there may be suspension damage as well
You should get it up in a hoist and look at lower side of engine. Could be rear seal or something as simple as valve cover gasket leaking. It's probably a simple gasket that needs replacing but don't put it off, leaks don't fix themselves they only get worse.
I suppose if you had gone to the trouble of reading your owner's manual, instead of asking someone else to do it for you, you would discover that is an oil change reminder. Now your next question could also be answered by reading the manual. Beyond that, the car is still under warranty so you could contact a dealer with these questions.
A quart /1000 miles is on the high side for that mileage- something abnormal is causing it.
1) Ensure any motor oil leaks are fixed to ensure they are not contributing to the oil loss.
2) Observe if any blue smoke from exhaust on downhill coast/deceleration - if present it indicates worn valve stem oil seals (these can be replaced relatively cheaply).
3) If blue smoke from exhaust on acceleration the piston rings may be worn- (costly repair).
This is a very BIG job the oil pan holds the differential and 1 axle runs through the pan. this job takes an experenced mechanic with a lift and proper tools over 8 hours to do. Not my favorate job thats for sure.