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Old 12-21-2008, 01:43 PM   #1
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Question Oil leak..vtec solenoid gasket?

I have an oil leak somewhere above the transmission, and i have a big hunch its from the vtec solenoid. I was wondering:
1. should oil be leaking from the solenoid even if i havent been in vtec range?
2 to replace the gasket, its as easy as unbolting the solenoid slapping on a new gasket, and bolting it back, right?
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1) Yes, oil can still get upto the Vtec solenoid even tho you dont hit Vtec.

2)Yes. Unbolt the solenoid, take out the old gasket, put the new one in, clean off the surfaces of both the head and solenoid where they meet, and bolt back in.
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1) Yes, oil can still get upto the Vtec solenoid even tho you dont hit Vtec.

2)Yes. Unbolt the solenoid, take out the old gasket, put the new one in, clean off the surfaces of both the head and solenoid where they meet, and bolt back in.
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Check right under the distributor for a leak as well, it's pretty common and easy to overlook.
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Check right under the distributor for a leak as well, it's pretty common and easy to overlook.

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i am losing oil too but i have no idea where. i need to check the usual leak spots but its too cold it was in the single digits this morning and the high is only 15. no heated garage FTL
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i am losing oil too but i have no idea where. i need to check the usual leak spots but its too cold it was in the single digits this morning and the high is only 15. no heated garage FTL
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Check right under the distributor for a leak as well, it's pretty common and easy to overlook.
anywhere in particular i should be looking under the distributor?
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right under it where in meets the head
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right under it where in meets the head
thanks. I checked but didn't see anything leaking from that area(noticeably at least)

whenever i start my car and take a look under the hood, I can see a steady slow stream of oil coming from directly under the solenoid. Will a solenoid gasket correct this problem totally, or do i need something to seal where the head and solenoid meeit?(read somewhere on the internet that I am to use "Hondabond?" to ensure it seals
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Oh I didnt know you were able to see a stream of oil. Hondabond is good s*** but regulan rtv will work too, just make sure you dont put too much on cause it will get inside the solenoid filter screen when you tighten the bolts down.
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Oh I didnt know you were able to see a stream of oil. Hondabond is good s*** but regulan rtv will work too, just make sure you dont put too much on cause it will get inside the solenoid filter screen when you tighten the bolts down.
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regulan rtv? where do i get that at, lol
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regulan rtv? where do i get that at, lol
Any parts store. ask them where the rtv gasket maker is. Theres a few diff ones to choose from once you find them. I use either black or gray because blue tends to be an eye sore if you use too much.
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Any parts store. ask them where the rtv gasket maker is. Theres a few diff ones to choose from once you find them. I use either black or gray because blue tends to be an eye sore if you use too much.
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