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Old 11-20-2018, 06:29 PM
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I know it has to be a dirty mess underneath... Every time I drive it smells like burnt tar...



I just hate that I'm 3 hours from the place that I trust to work on it... IDK if the people here are trustworthy yet...


Anyway, I'll try the dipstick being out for 10 minutes...


The RDX may be one of, if not the most versatile automobile out there, but one thing is for sure, that dipstick sucks...


Thanks, will do later in the week when I have the RDX... I only get to see her a few days a week...
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Old 11-22-2018, 07:52 PM
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Oh crap! This is what leaked out overnight!


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I added a quart of oil...


One odd thing I noticed is that when I accelerated just a little to make it through a light that turned yellow when I was too close to stop, it revved up to 3k, then dropped to about 1.5k with nothing but a faint grind I could barely hear... It has been fine since...



Still no vtec
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This is what I came outside to earlier today...




What dripped on the ground just after backing up a few feet...





And I had to accelerate quickly again, still, rather weak and without vtec...
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Looks like crime scene photos!!

You need to get it fixed fast or get rid of the car.
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Originally Posted by Willowbeast View Post
Looks like crime scene photos!!

You need to get it fixed fast or get rid of the car.

Adding quarts of oil every other day... Been keeping the oil light off, atleast...


I can't seem to figure out the dipstick...


Oil is at 40%, so I will be taking to my trusty Honda dealer in a few weeks... They will be able to tell what is going on...



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Adding quarts of oil every other day... Been keeping the oil light off, atleast...


I can't seem to figure out the dipstick...


Oil is at 40%, so I will be taking to my trusty Honda dealer in a few weeks... They will be able to tell what is going on...

Tell us what is the root cause when you find out and also how much to fix. It might be very expensive fix that will cost more than your car
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I think I don't have vtec because low oil pressure because it's always low from the leak...


I peeked into the valve cover with a flashlight, it looks very clean, so no sludge... But, that's aside tge point...


I have a feeling it's the rear main... And maybe another leak on the pulley side, but I'll wait for the dealer to diagnose, until then, adding a few quarts a week...


Everything else has been perfect on this car, and it is driving so much better now than it did 40-50K miles ago!!!
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Maybe I should look into the intake cam shaft lock phaser...
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Any update?
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Oil leak? Check oil filter housing

i had a big leak, was coming from the oil filter housing that bolts to the oil pan. 2 rubber gaskets

also. Check your pcv valve ( right next to coolant reservoir). If the is cruded over it will cause your seals to leak like crazy.

takes 4 minutes to check it
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Originally Posted by Boxster98 View Post
i had a big leak, was coming from the oil filter housing that bolts to the oil pan. 2 rubber gaskets

also. Check your pcv valve ( right next to coolant reservoir). If the is cruded over it will cause your seals to leak like crazy.

takes 4 minutes to check it

I saw your thread and that's what I'm thinking... And that would be good because it's not a big deal to fix...


Kinda thought that was funny that all of a sudden, this particular gasket is going bad on all of the RDX's...


It's kinda like the mystery clock in the 2001-03 Acura's reading 0:00! Saw that thread this morning...



I'll be getting an oil change in the next couple of weeks, so we shall see then... Adding a $10 quart if Mobil1 every 3 days isn't fun, to say the least...
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I'll be getting an oil change in the next couple of weeks, so we shall see then... Adding a $10 quart if Mobil1 every 3 days isn't fun, to say the least...
LOL, at the rate of quart/day you going, you dont need to “change” oil
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LOL, at the rate of quart/day you going, you dont need to “change” oil

Prettt much, but I like having an excuse to take it in!!!
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I don't have the RDX with me, but I got off the phone with her, and she said the reverse lights are staying on again... She said the backup camera was stayimg on yesterday, we had 12-16 hours of continuing rain... It seems to do this with humidity... I saw a thread about the module below the cupholders getting moisture in it causing this... She also said that the ground below the B-pillar is still wet yet the rain has stopped and the ground has dried... Sonetimes the floor is slightly wet... Hmmmm.... I'm thinking sunroof drain tubes sre clogged... This happened on my old Camry and that thing would fill up like a bowl... I mean 1-2" of standing water on the floor... Had to dry her out more times than I'd like to admit...



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Leaks more when cold

Maybe it is cold metal shrinks? But my oil filter housing leaked alot more when cold. After the gaskets got replaced it has not leaked 1 drop

if you try to replace yourself plan on unbolting the lower motor mount.
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Maybe it is cold metal shrinks? But my oil filter housing leaked alot more when cold. After the gaskets got replaced it has not leaked 1 drop

if you try to replace yourself plan on unbolting the lower motor mount.

No... I'll be having the work done at my preferred Honda dealer... But thank for the heads up!


It could be that, I mean, anything is possible...
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Just got a phone call five minutes ago that the RDX's rear drivers window went down and will not go back up. She turned off the ignition and restarted it to no avail, so she is driving 40 mph on the interstate right now! Oh, and it's raining.


It hasn't done this in over a year.


Brought it to the dealer almost two years ago and they replaced a bunch of good part$, never fixed the problem. It did go away for a little while, but the dealer forgot to reinstall the clips on the glass on the drivers window after disassembling. Brought it to a glass shop to have it fixed and the windows and locks got all pissed off acting for a while...



On the bright side, taking it up to my dealer for an oil change and to find out how I'm losing oil! This dealer doesn't have the necessary equipment or parts access to help with the locks and windows, sadly.
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Just talked again. She said she got out, slammed doors, turned ignition off and on, no luck! It's never stayed down without working eventually!
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It finally went up, went back down, got it up again but the passenger window is still cracked open. Had it open to equalize pressure, and forgot about it. I have to turm off window lock, get it up, hope the other side doesnt go down again. Then tomorrow, while having the oil change, I'll see if I can get them to just pull off the door panel and unplug the motor!


Temporary, cheap fix!
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Heading up to the dealer! Will post update later, this afternoon!
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Took a road trip to dealership! Update!

Total trip distance - 425 miles



Current Mileage





Yesterday, I drove from Gulfport, MS to Brookhaven, MS to visit Mike Whatley Honda, my trusted Honda dealer, for an oil change and a diagnosis on my oil leak! (I used to live near this dealer but I moved to the gulf coast a couple of months ago, but I only trust this dealer!)


Good news!


My oil leak is caused by a leaking valve cover gasket. It will cost $343 for the replacement in full, however, I have decided to have the spark plugs changed too since I finally have an excuse to have the intercooler removed, and I hope this will help beef-up the somewhat dismal acceleration I've been experiencing lately. This will add between $140-$160 to the cost of repair. I also need an engine air filter.


*I also need a power steering pump because it has small leak, however, this I have known about since I bought the RDX on 2/26/2016 at 175,018 miles. It is very minor and I feel no need to replace the power steering pump right now.*


There were a few other minor issues partially addressed too, I will have those taken care of next week.


I will be driving back up there next Wednesday to have this service completed and I will be taking a different route back!


It was a very nice, relaxing way to spend the day!

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Nice, glad to hear it’s nothing major. Car is good for another 100k miles
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Nice, glad to hear it’s nothing major. Car is good for another 100k miles

I hope to start restoring it soon. Repainting it, new headliner, re-cover seats, ect...


Plan to drive it past 400K miles!
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I hope to start restoring it soon. Repainting it, new headliner, re-cover seats, ect...


Plan to drive it past 400K miles!
how is your exhaust? Have you had any work done due to rust? Mine is pretty rusted, but does not leak yet
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how is your exhaust? Have you had any work done due to rust? Mine is pretty rusted, but does not leak yet

No rust. Car is from, and still in, Louisiana.
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No rust. Car is from, and still in, Louisiana.
lucky you, in NJ we get a lot of salt during winters. Car underbody does not have much rust, but exhause pipe has a lot of rust
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lucky you, in NJ we get a lot of salt during winters. Car underbody does not have much rust, but exhause pipe has a lot of rust

My exhaust sounds fine and has only seen salt one time after a snowfall in central Mississippi, last year. I've never seen the undercarriage up close, but I'm fairly sure it's in excellent condition.
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So, I brough the RDX to Mike Whatley Honda in Brookhaven, MS, yesterday afternoon to have a few services completed.
  • Replace Valve Cover Gasket
  • Replace Spark Plugs
  • Valve Adjustment
  • Replace Engine Air Filter
  • Disconnect Rear Drivers Window Switch
  • Equalize Tire Pressure

We arrive, spend about three hours waiting, and finally, our service advisor comes out. She has a key in her hand and starts out with, "Let me tell you".

OK, here's the deal...

Everything went well, and the technician was just about to drive it out, and set us off down the road when he heard an odd noise, a squirting noise, to be more precise. He pops the hood, and what do you know, the gasket behind the oil filter was projecting oil like a severed artery. He said he had never seen this before. Although, I know of this having seen few reports of 1G RDX's having this issue on this forum recently, and I'm not surprised at all.

He said that if we had left, we would have been on the side of the road with no oil within 15 minutes.

As a resault of not being able to get the gasket yesterday, we were given this as a loaner. ⬇⬇⬇






2018 Honda Odyessey EX-L







This is how much oil leaked from the valve cover overnight, I took this picture yesterday moring before heading up to the dealer for the service appointments.







This is how long it took to get there!







Another pic of the Ody!







The RDX as it sits waiting for the gasket to be delivered and installed tomorrow.







This is the route I took using Google Maps Messure to highlight roughts taken.



After leaving the dealer, we went up to Jackson to look around and do some shopping before heading back down to the coast.



* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *



I wanted to mention, because the oil filter housing started leaking in their garage, the oil filter housing gasket and loaner Odyessey are at no cost to me.



BTW this Odyessey is absaluly awesome! Steering feels exactly like the RDX but a little lighter at low speeds. >15 MPH.



Turning radius is even better than my Optima



There is a little body roll but no float or sloppyness in the handling. It feels very car like. It feels like driving an older Honda.



The ZF-9 isn't that bad, I just hate how it feels like it's slipping in first gear. And it upshifts a little too early, like my Optima.



I gave it maybe 25% throttle and it just pulls right up to speed. I also went WOT, and dang! There isn't a word to describe it. Spinning tires at 30 MPH and everything! V-tec sounds amazing too!

Hate to say it, but it may be the fastest car I've ever driven. It was 34°F outside, so I'm sure that helped!


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Oil filter housing gasket

I am glad you got that oil filter housing gasket fixed! I wrestled with my oil housing gasket leaking for months before fixing it. Fyi. The PCV valve if stuck can cause oil leaks too.

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Here's a quick walkaround and drive of the Odyessey!

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Thank you, for all the oil leak help and I hope your bill ain’t too bad.
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Will create an update post later but the bill was a little over $400, not bad cobsidering all of the work done.
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