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Old 10-10-2010, 09:59 AM
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Guys I have a major oil leak in my 1998 civic ex the car has 2160000 miles on it. I noticed today that the car was pouring oil on my garage floor. So I must ask is this worth the repair or is it time to just say to hell with it and get a new car. First off I would like to ask what am I possibly looking at here I heard oil rings and rear seal so far from talking to a few people around town. Below are pictures of the engine

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Old 10-10-2010, 10:24 AM
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Looks like your valve cover gasket. cheap fix. The rear main seal would not leak up there as it is next to the trans. Oil rings on pistons would not necessarily cause a leak to form outside of the motor, but you would be burning oil. With that many miles, I would start to think about that, too. Typically, rings start to go bad around 180,000 miles.

Buy some simple green, spray the motor down (research engine bay cleaning), and look to see where it is coming from exactly if you do not think it is the VC gasket. If those are all OEM 12 year old gaskets, start looking at valve cover gasket, grommets, spark plug tube seals, distributor O ring, oil pan gasket, cam seal, possibly more. The rear main seal is not fun. It involves pulling the transmission off.
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