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Oil leak..vtec solenoid gasket?

Discussion in 'Engine Tech / Drivetrain' started by lightpost08, Dec 21, 2008.



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  1. lightpost08

    lightpost08 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    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?
     
  2. Szady

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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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  4. lightpost08

    lightpost08 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    thanks man :thumbs up
     
  5. cheezeonmakneez

    cheezeonmakneez love unicorns Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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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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  7. cheezeonmakneez

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  8. hardcore97

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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
     
  9. lightpost08

    lightpost08 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    wow, that sucks, lol. good luck

    anywhere in particular i should be looking under the distributor?
     
  10. cheezeonmakneez

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    right under it where in meets the head
     
  11. lightpost08

    lightpost08 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    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
     
  12. cheezeonmakneez

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    Oh I didnt know you were able to see a stream of oil. Hondabond is good s**t 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.
     
  13. lightpost08

    lightpost08 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    regulan rtv? where do i get that at, lol
     
  14. cheezeonmakneez

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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.
     
  15. lightpost08

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    thanks man, ill see about it tomorrow! :thumbs up
     
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    Not a problem, good luck!
     
  17. lightpost08

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    went to honda this morning, got the gasket, changed it out, and it appears the oil leak has stopped.

    thanks everyone :thumbs up
     
  18. aztecracer

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    you might want to check your cam seal if its stock because unless you actually see a leak directly from your solenoid, your problem might be your cam seal that its worn out it's very common for DOHC honda engines to leak from the front cam seal because it's nothing but a rubber and since you engine warms and cools after time it tends to ware out and that causes leak making that area on your tranny oily. so you might want to take a look at that.
     
  19. cheezeonmakneez

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    :beer::woot::wave: Glad you got it fixed.
     
  20. mljwire

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    Hi,
    I seen your old post on the oil leak under the vtech valve, I have the same problem. I have replace the distributor o-ring and internal seal, the vtech gasket and the head gasket trying to fix this leak with no results. It only leaks some times, like when the engine is cold. I have looked with a mirror and cannot catch it leaking; I have tried revving the engine but no luck so far. Could the vtech still be leaking after changing the gasket?
    Thanks Les
     


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