In October 2007 had a timing belt, balance shaft, water pump, 2 cm seals and a crank seal and coolant done with an air filter, oil, oil filter.
In January 2008 the car died while driving. They put in a crank sensor.
Now I notice oil leaking out of the hood. I don't know how long it has been leaking but I don't think it happened overnight. I went to lift the hood..unfortunately didn't realize how heavy it was and my back snapped so I dropped the hood quickly, but noticed oil all over the front part inside. The car has been driving fine, but I have been noticing sort of a "smoky burning" odor....I wasn't sure it was from my car or from exhaust fumes of other cars.
What do you think could be the cause? I am afraid to go back to the same mechanic and don't know where to take the car.
The people who worked on my car in January left the cap off.....luckily I called Triple A and they found it...there was no more oil and it is lucky I stopped driving the car, as it could have been disastrous.....bought a new cap and 4 qts of oil and all is well.
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The front crank seal is behind the oil pump on the LS series motors. There is also a seal at the crankshaft and harmonic balancer on the front timing cover. This is typical leak area. You can carefully remove the harmonic balancer with a puller, replace the timing cover seal and reinstall. Make sure not to pinch the seal lip You will have to have a special tool in order to re-install the balancer, which is extra long to squeeze it on the tapered shaft. I do not think the other crank seal is an issue since it drains to the pan behind the oil pump.
Cleaning your throttle body is irrelevent to the oil leak behind the timing cover. There are 5 seals that can leak behind the 2000 accord timing cover, the oil pump, crank seal, cam seal, and the 2 balancer seals. Most of the time its the front balancer seal that has popped out and will need to be replace and have and retaining kit install. Its actually very common on that engine. I highly recommend taking it to a professional to get repaired because timing the 2 balancer gears with the cam and crank is very tricky even for the mechanically inclined. Since the timing belt and the balancer belt has to come off and is probably soaked in oil, I recommend replacing those as well.
1) Belts: Timing belt, alternator belt, A/C belt, power steering belt. 2) Water pump and seal. 3) Timing belt tensioner- option. 4) Front crank oil seal-replace if oil is leaking. 5) Two camshaft seals-replace if oil is leaking. 6) Instruction on how to install the timing belt.
This engine had a severe issue with balance shaft belt seal blowing out.When this happens you will loose all of oil almost instantly!Unless drain plug missing from pan you can count on seal being the problem.The seal is on the balance shaft which is located in with the timing belt. Repair is to replace the seal and install retainer clip that holds seal in place. This requires timing belt removal and balace shaft belt removal.This is not recommended to do by a beginner whatsoever, is more detailed than most timing belt jobs ,recommend done by experianced mechanic only! If you need part numbers for seal and retainer clip let me know and i will look those up for you
By the "Front" I am assuming that you mean the crankshaft end of the engine.
If your engine is equipped with a balance shaft, there is a good possibility that the balance shaft seal has popped out. There is a "balance shaft seal retainer kit" available at your local dealer to fix this and prevent it from happening again. If this is not the case, it could be the front crank and/or oil pump seals. I have even seen cracked oil pump housings on these units.
More than likely it would be the front seals, oil pump front shaft seal and gasket ( "o" ring), Cam seal, crank seal one of those. Have to remove timing belt in order to change these seals. I would change out all the seals and put a new timing belt on it. Depending on how many miles you have on your car I would consider a water pump as well because the timing belt also needs to be removed to replace this part. In other words... Costly repair, but instead of replacing the seals and solving the leak and then 2 weeks later the timing belt snaps, then you just paid twice for the labor. Check oil pan gasket first b4 you spend money on seals.
If you mean the camshaft seal, yes, you would need to pull the timing belt and sprocket off, and if you are anywhere near the service interval for the belt, replace it and the water pump (unless the water pump is very easy to service, and the tensioner.
You will probably need a (gear/sprocket) puller to get the sprocket off and a another type of (seal) puller to get the seal out. You could probably extract the old seal with a screwdriver, but it's not recommended. Get a Haynes manual (around $20) before you even contemplate doing this youself. If you haven't done this before, are mechanically inclined. and have all the tools, you will spend about 1/2 a day to do either the cam seal by itself, or the seal, timing belt, tensioner and water pump. Once you have it all apart, the last three components will only add an hour to the job, and you won't be stranded when the timing belt breaks.