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1996 Honda Accord 2.7L/V6 oil leak near oil filter/oil switch

I just noticed an oil leak that only occurs while my car is running and causes an oil drip about once a second. I already changed the oil pressure switch to be sure that was not it. While looking at the oil filter housing there is a plug just above the filter between the filter and the engine block. Initially the leak appeared toe be coming from there so I removed cleaned and reinstalled the plug using High Heat thread sealer which did not fix the problem. Subsequently, it seems the leak is coming from near the plug but not actually from the plug. It is very hard to see when I can only use a floor jack right now. I have also installed a new filter with an early oil change and this did not help. Has anyone had a similar issue and or have any ideas? Thanks in advance for any ideas

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    mike cesar May 06, 2014

    Just a note: Save time and guessing. Spend about $8 and get some dye tracer in a bottle. Pour it into the engine oil and let engine idle for 5 minutes. Then after engine cools down, jack up front of vehicle and place jack stands underneath. Put on yellow safety glasses and get an UV type light. It will allow you to view the tracer dye perfect. It will pinpoint exactly where the leak is coming from an the guess work is history. Then, repair the leak and problem is solved. Don't forget to wipe clean the entire area and then view the fresh leak. Easy! Smart and sensible! Good luck!


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My car was doing the exact same thing and i spent about 18 hrs total trying to figure out. if you remove the oil filter, you will notice that the "bracket" that the oil filter attaches to is removable. remove the ENTIRE oil filter assembly. there is a bolt almost behind the crank pulley, its tricky to get to but you can get to it with a 1/4 in drive, swivel, and extension, i do believe it was a 10-12 mm socket (MUST BE ^POINT SHORT WELL) the top left bolt on the assembly you will notice that you can not get out. that is fine, take the rest of the bolts out and let the assembly hang from that bolt, BUT the bolt must me loosend all of the way to achive play in it. take a small screw driver and "break" the seal on the assembly. you will notice 2 holes. around those two holes is a single gasket. even the smallest crack will aloow oil to drip. my car was using about a gallon of oil every ten miles, so you can imagine how much oil i when through, replace the gasket. You can not get the rubber gasket ANYWHERE except a honda dealer. replace. put it together and you all set.


Posted on Oct 26, 2009

  • nilsskilz Feb 03, 2011

    Thanks for this info! I had an oil leak coming from the same spot, so I followed your directions and swapped in a $10 aftermarket gasket. Bam! Problem solved.

    For those of you who are having trouble sourcing the "Oil Filter Stand Gasket," the part # is: A6230-177160

    This is the only place I could find online that offers it:


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Look at your vale cover it mite be a seal

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I have a 1997 Honda Accord v6 which was leaking from the oil filter housing. As the above poster noted, the small "figure 8" gasket CAN be replaced without removing the harmonic balancer. In addition to the steps outlined above, in order to remove the upper left bolt on the housing, I had to loosen and drop the alternator fan belt from the harmonic balancer. There are three bolts on the alternator that accomplish this, two lock the alternator down and the bolt on the top adjusts the fan belt tension. Removing the alternator belt allowed the upper right bolt to slide out of the housing.

As noted above, the upper LEFT bolt must be loosened all the way, but it will not pull out because it hits the vehicle frame. That's okay, because the housing separates enough from the block to allow you to get a screw driver in there and pry the old gasket off. Be careful not to damage the aluminum around the gasket mount. Trying prying at several locations on the gasket. The old gasket will be hard and likely will crumble, so keep track of the pieces that fall off.

You do not need to unplug the wires from the oil filter housing to do this job.

You do not need to put any Hondabond sealer around the edges of the housing because the oil seal is made with the figure 8 gasket, not the edge of the housing.

You MUST remove the tire. It makes the job easier. Also, you will want to order one of these 12mm, 1/4" drive "flex sockets." Just Google the following description:

GearWrench 1/4" Flex Socket 12mm

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    Tim Smith Apr 02, 2014

    Typo in paragraph one above. That paragraph refers to the upper RIGHT bolt.

  • Kim Hass
    Kim Hass Oct 20, 2014

    You have saved me alot of motor oil THANK YOU


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