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Old 01-01-2013, 8:50 PM   #1
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2000 Acura TL oil leak

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Can anyone please let me know where this leak is coming from.
The oil hits the exhaust area.

Is this the drain plug or ????



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Bad drain plug gasket?
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Oil pan or one of the sensors?

I had the same thing, and went in the snugged up the pan. The leak is mostly nil.
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Could be the drain plug gasket, but could be the drain plug. Make sure you have an oem drain plug with a new crush washer on there, with the plug torqued to the correct amount for our cars
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who ever changes your oil needs to find new work.
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I guess by the look of the leak in the picture, it is not leaking at the drain plug. It may not have anything to do with the guy who did the oil change. you need to wipe it all clean and inspect it yourself to find the leaking source.
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Can you get a pic of where the trans meets the engine (near the inspection cover) so we can see if its a rear main issue?
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Wash the engine down with engine cleaner and hose off.
Let dry real well and then douse with baby powder. Drive for a few hours and follow the damp spot to the source.
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Yeah, as these guys suggested.....clean things up !
Then it'll be easier to isolate the source of the actual leak. It could be the pan's gasket or drain plug, but also may possibly be something above......which is leaking down onto that area. Ya gotta clean it before knowing for sure !
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Old 01-06-2013, 8:11 PM   #11
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oh gosh, its contagious... now our '03 TL non-S with 93k miles has this leak too. Even though the oil level hasn't dropped yet, we are finding about 10 oil drops everynight under the engine!

Is it a coincidence that I switched to Full Synth (Pennzoil Platnum) Engine oil about 900 miles ago?
I guess I'll clean the bottom and powder it to try to track down the leak. Maybe switch back to DINO oil next time too!
Anyone experienced Synth-induced oil leakage like this? Where's it usually come from? Does it stop if you go back to Dino?
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I've been running full syn for 180k miles now (currently at 210k on car). I've had an oil leak for like 2 or 3 years. It's getting progressively worse, but I'm pretty sure it's my rear main seal. Sucks the big one but nothing I can do about it now. It's not worth getting fixed.
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Yeah, clean everything up underneath first. Try to isolate the source of the leak. The oil pan's plug or gasket should be easy enough to eliminate as the problem. It could be the oil filter gasket or V-tech solenoid above the filter assembly.

If it appears to be coming from higher up, as Fsttyms1 suggested checking the possibility of a rear main leak. Something to try would be replace the PCV valve, because if it's gunked up....it'll cause higher pressure internally, just looking for a weak spot to ooze out.

Syn oil can also find it's way to seep through old worn dry gaskets and seals which had been primarily used to a dino diet .
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Mine is leaking from the front engine cover (sort of behind the a/c compressor area).
Next time I do a timing belt/water pump I will drop the a-pipe and pan and pull the cover.
Right now I have a strip of sham-wow bungee corded around the front of the pan behind the pulley. I swap it out every oil change and it keeps the drips from getting on the floor.
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It was mentioned to me that the leak was coming from the rear valve cover gasket.
Is anyone familiar with this and how much does it cost to install a new valve cover gasket.

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It was mentioned to me that the leak was coming from the rear valve cover gasket.
Is anyone familiar with this and how much does it cost to install a new valve cover gasket.

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It was mentioned, but was it confirmed?
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It was mentioned to me that the leak was coming from the rear valve cover gasket.
Is anyone familiar with this and how much does it cost to install a new valve cover gasket.

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Yep. I've heard the same thing about my car. Get an inspection mirror and good flashlight, and check it out yourself.

BTW, mine was not leaking. Even after a "real" mechanic said VCG was the issue.
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It is happening to me right now, started using Synthetic oil 10k miles ago. So I bought my car for inspection and he showed me the source from above the oil housing, suggested me to change all the gaskets inside (that gonna take around $300, he said need to open the timing belt housing...). Do I really need that change?? Click the image to open in full size.
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Hey Hugous, how many miles are on your TL ?
Was the motor primarily used to conventional oil prior to this situation ?

Some of the residual oil seepage shown in the pic is older than the recent synthetic change.
How bad are the leaks presently and how long do ya wanna keep the car, will ultimately determine the necessity of gasket/seal replacement.

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My TL 99 is on 151k miles now, I guess the previous owner used conventional oil, cause i bought it when it has 139k on it.
Its still running strong and I wanna keep it as far as I can, I did the timing belt change right after I bought it. The leak is aggressively worse, I have to pour more oil to compensate for the leaking. The shop owner suggested me to get it fix in next oil change, but what happens if I dont get it fix? Will it affect any other parts??
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If it's so bad of a leak.....that you have to frequently replenish the oil, then attention towards finding the main source of the leak should be done promptly. Minor oil seepage is a nuisance, but if a substantial amount of oil is being lost....it could cause problems.

Clean the undercarriage with a degreaser and try to isolate the area where the leak is originating from. Place a piece of cardboard underneath the motor when you park it. The leak may be up higher and will leave a fresh trail leading to the bottom. Make sure that the drain plug is secure.

T-belt and synthetic oil were apparently done at about the same time. Were there any previous problems with oil leaking ?

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It is happening to me right now, started using Synthetic oil 10k miles ago. So I bought my car for inspection and he showed me the source from above the oil housing, suggested me to change all the gaskets inside (that gonna take around $300, he said need to open the timing belt housing...). Do I really need that change?? Click the image to open in full size.
Anyone know what that plug (it is a plug like the tranny drain, right?) is? Mine appears to be leaking from there too. Hoping I could just remove, clean, goop it and re-install.
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