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Have a 1997 Honda Civic, was overfilled with engine oil, changed the oil and it has an oil leak below the front crankshaft pulley. Does it have a pan gasket/seal or a crankshaft seal?

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It has both a pan gasket and a front crank seal, I suggest you put a can of LUCAS brand engine stop leak or another product like it and see if that stops the leak, the replacement of the gaskets requires allot of skill and some specialized tools,u also must have air tools to break the front crank pulley bolt loose. Below is the product i recommend, it works. Napa and Carquest carries the brand.

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Posted on Jul 29, 2010

  • Ursulo Robles Jul 29, 2010

    what kind of labor and/or parts is required to replace the gasket and front crank seal?

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    yadayada Jul 29, 2010

    parts are about $20, labor about $400.00, this can vary greatly depending on the locallabor rates, here it is $100.00 per hour at most shops except dealer,but they do the job faster so the labor cost is aboput the same.

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