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Old 05-09-2019, 06:12 PM
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So i am the original owner of my 2007 acura tl type s with 80,000 mile. MANUEL TRANNY. A couple years back there was a recall cause 3rd gear would sometimes pop out. so acura dealer fixed it and everything was good. recently got timimg belt, water pump, and oil pump replace cause i plan on running this thing to 200k miles. SO, i recently noticed oil leaking from underneath the car. i thought it was the oil pan, and it was not sealed correctly. i bought it to my mechanic, and he gave me bad news. my transmission is leaking oil. Has anyone had a problem like this? if so what was their plan of action? Once again this is a manuel transmission, any advise would be of great help!

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where is it leaking from? the mechanic should be able to tell you that. Is it the rear main seal?
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I have 160,000 on my 07' TLS. My Trans (AT) was working fine, started leaking last year but was only slight. Within the last few months it got worse, far worse, like fresh fluid on the pavement every time I parked. It's a shame because it was working perfectly fine. I researched online for used but for $800 I'm sure they were abused or probably had issues. There were rebuilt ones for $1500 + but I have no idea who rebuilt it and exactly what was done or if they were rebuilt correctly? I bit the bullet and had dealer install a re-manufactured Trans, For the trans & labor it came to $5200. BUT I know it was completely torn apart & rebuilt by qualified Techs. Its got a warranty from Acura for 3/36,000. There are Trans shops here in NJ that could have rebuilt it for probably $4,000 but I read horror stories online, like not standing behind their work and problems. Level 10 shop has many bad reviews. Eventually your leak will get much worse. BTW if you do the trans be sure to replace rear main seal too while in there. GOOD LUCK!
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Originally Posted by thoiboi View Post
where is it leaking from? the mechanic should be able to tell you that. Is it the rear main seal?
so my mechanic does not work with transmissions. he is an honest guy and told me he does not want to take the chance of pulling it out. he said however is seems to be leaking from the front...i dont know what to do...i know an acura dealer will rape me..im just looking to see if anyone has endured a problem like this.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:29 PM
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well you're going to have to be our eyes, we won't be able to tell you where the leak is from the internet. Take a look and see if it's a transmission line or the lines going to the radiator or something..


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Originally Posted by TVL65 View Post
I have 160,000 on my 07' TLS. My Trans (AT) was working fine, started leaking last year but was only slight. Within the last few months it got worse, far worse, like fresh fluid on the pavement every time I parked. It's a shame because it was working perfectly fine. I researched online for used but for $800 I'm sure they were abused or probably had issues. There were rebuilt ones for $1500 + but I have no idea who rebuilt it and exactly what was done or if they were rebuilt correctly? I bit the bullet and had dealer install a re-manufactured Trans, For the trans & labor it came to $5200. BUT I know it was completely torn apart & rebuilt by qualified Techs. Its got a warranty from Acura for 3/36,000. There are Trans shops here in NJ that could have rebuilt it for probably $4,000 but I read horror stories online, like not standing behind their work and problems. Level 10 shop has many bad reviews. Eventually your leak will get much worse. BTW if you do the trans be sure to replace rear main seal too while in there. GOOD LUCK!
I thought it would be that much. so i might have to sell my baby :''''''''''''''(
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im gonna have to give my mechanic a call and see if he could give me more detail....i wish i was more knowledgeable with thus stuff... sorry guys lol
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Originally Posted by typeS219 View Post
..SO, i recently noticed oil leaking from underneath the car....
How much?

From your other posts, sounds like it may be a rear main seal leak. Have you every replaced your PCV valve? Do a search, might be a simple $25 fix....
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Originally Posted by nfnsquared View Post
How much?

From your other posts, sounds like it may be a rear main seal leak. Have you every replaced your PCV valve? Do a search, might be a simple $25 fix....
Honestly not that much...id say a couple drops a day(the siz of a quarter) id see on my driveway...so you think it might be rear main seal leak? Where is the exatcly located? Because i can see the oil coming from the front of the car...near the oil pan area

but just looked up pcv valve replacement..no i have never changed..but would that initiate some sort of leaking?

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Old 05-09-2019, 09:07 PM
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Yes, if it's blocked or stuck shut causing over-pressurization of the crankcase.

Front of car? Not the main seal then. Check your front valve cover and below it.

Also could be oil pump (fairly common) or vtec solenoid.

Did your mechanic say it was transmission oil or engine oil?
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Originally Posted by thoiboi View Post
Take a look and see if it's a transmission line or the lines going to the radiator or something..
MT...there are no lines going anywhere.
My guess is it is the normal weeping of engine oil from either the oil pan, oil pump, or rear main seal. Mine has been "weeping" for several years that leaves nickel size spots randomly on my garage floor. Not nearly enough to worry about and spend money on. I will worry about it in about another 2 years when the next TB service comes due.
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Originally Posted by Jackass View Post
MT...there are no lines going anywhere.
My guess is it is the normal weeping of engine oil from either the oil pan, oil pump, or rear main seal. Mine has been "weeping" for several years that leaves nickel size spots randomly on my garage floor. Not nearly enough to worry about and spend money on. I will worry about it in about another 2 years when the next TB service comes due.
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Send some pics! If we can see where the oil is leaking from then we could provide you with some more accurate feedback as to where you should start looking.

It will certainly put your mind at ease to know more clearly what the issues (and the severity).
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will get some pics up soon...car is at the mechanic and will be getting back this weekend... thanks for the feedback guys
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or you can sell the car to m8....

I would have other mechanic look at it before you conclude with the verdict that the transmission is leaking, per half take it to shop that specialize in transmission.
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will get some pics up soon...car is at the mechanic and will be getting back this weekend... thanks for the feedback guys
My take on this thread and on your issue is the rear main seal is FAR more likely the culprit than the transmission. When you say the leak is coming from near the rear of the oil pan I start thinking that even more. The only manual transmission I've ever seen leaking from the main input shaft caused the clutch to start slipping; if your's isn't then that's just one more indication the rear main seal is the issue. FWIW, last year when I had my clutch replaced, I had the rear main done, not because it was leaking, but it was an extra $50 since the transmission was already out.
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... When you say the leak is coming from near the rear of the oil pan....
Huh?
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Huh?
I interpreted Post #9 as meaning near the rear of the engine oil pan (meaning the left side of the engine between the engine and the bellhousing); I could be wrong, but until more definitive information comes our way, that stands as my current understanding of the issue.
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All you have to do to see if there is a rear main seal leak is to remove the inspection cover. 2, 10mm bolts. It's not a monumental task to identify that. It is a huge task to change out the rear main seal. So if you want to pay for that job, then might as well change out the clutch at the same time. If you want a new TL, that's fine also. $500 ~ $800 monthly loan for years. You pretty much pay for that same job in a matter of months, but for that new car, you have to pay that for YEARS.
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This is what the mechanic said...still havent got the car back but ill see if he can throw it on the lift and take some pics...he says the case looks like it might be cracked...fml

will keep you updated
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1. How does he know that an auto-adjusting clutch is worn and about to go?

2. That sucks if the case is leaking. I'd go back to the dealer and complain.
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