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Hard to find oil leak.

Hi, In December last year I bought a brand new factory cylinder head for my 1997 Honda Accord Coupe due to a sheared cam shaft, near the cam pulley/timing belt from what I understand. ( I'm not super knowledgeable about these things, but will describe them as best i can). I looked for leaks to make sure evertything was good after the work, and all was well. Now I have a small oil leak, and can't quite figure out (or see) where it's coming from. It's been 1500 mles since the work was done, so my friend and I did an oil change to see if we could see anything, and figured now was a good time for an oil change, especially since this dealer has done an oil change before and forgot to tighten the filter all the way resulting in a leak! No such problem this time. The leak seems to be coming from the backside of the cylinder head, above the oil filter, but we couldn't really see exactly where. The rocker cover gasket up top looks good, but I am unable to see under the back side of things due to the intake manifold. Could it be to cylinder head gasket, do you think? On the back, underside? Not much else above the oil filter if I understand correctly. And if so, wouldn't that be covered in a 12 month warranty after replacing the whole cylinder head just 4 months ago? If that is indde the problem. Thanks. Paul

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Yes if the repair was something related to the oil leak,it would be covered by the 12 / 12,000 mile warranty from the dealer... if they performed the work..when taking back to the dealer, ask them to use an engine dye to pinpoint the leak if they cannot see the obvious..theres many possibilities of an oil leak from the back o the cyl head, there is several gaskets that can be leaking, the dye would be the best or looking at it from below o a lift..if they performed the work they shouldnt have a problem looking at it...sometimes just a few pair of eyes helps as well... from different angles.

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