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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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So after arriving home last night I noticed a few dried drops of "fluid" on the ground and then after a few minutes I noticed a wet drop and dipped my finger in it and it is engine oil, upon inspecting the bottom of the engine it is thoroughly wet with oil (drips forming on engine ridges) on the side of the pan where drain is all the way to the front half of the engine (pulley side) and the frame area behind the engine near the transfer case has a through coating of oil and road grime, I checked the drain plug and its tight but have yet to get the time to clean the engine to find the source, are there any "common" locations to check for leaks, I didn't take a picture as it was getting dark, and the oil level was a little below half way on the dip stick, when oil change was done 3k ago it was topped off. I would appreciate any help.
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Re: Oil Leak help

Fortunately (but unfortunately in your case) the J35 has been a tight engine with few leakers reported. Main seal is the first thing that comes to mind. Hope it's not that because that will be an expensive fix.

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Re: Oil Leak help

Some Hondas have had oil on the engine due to small hole in the oil filter after hitting road debris.

Check the oil filter - good change it might be the source.

other possible causes - pcv valve clogged - valve cover gasket leak - loose oil cap - missing dipstick.

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Re: Oil Leak help

+1 on larryr comments.

If you are noticing this since the last oil change, there is a good chance the filter is damaged or loose, or it is possible oil was spilled during the change.

You probably did this already, but I would also double check the PS level and hoses and connections. They run in this general area also and a leak would run down into this general area. It would be pretty easy to mistake a PS leak for oil by the time it hit the ground and got blown around under the truck.

Take a bright flashlight and go all the way around the engine above and below and look for "tell tale" drips, puddles, or dirty spots. Chances are if you have not smelled burning oil the leak is below the heads and exhaust manifolds. As speed mentioned, these engines are not known for gasket related (heads, oil pan, etc) leaks.
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Re: Oil Leak help

A few drops usually isn't anything to worry about...I've had a few very healthy vehicles that the seals just never seemed to prevent leaking completely. Just keep an eye on it.
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Re: Oil Leak help

Excellent suggestions above. Keep one thing in mind... a very small amount of oil goes a long, long way... so it (the leak) may look much worse than it actually is.

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Re: Oil Leak help

Well I checked it out during the day and there appears to be no oil running from the top of the engine down, the majority of the oil is coming from where the engine mates with the transmission... rear main seal? (coincidence one just went out in a friends chevy)
See pictures below, there is oil residue back to the transfer case but the majority of it is right there at the bell housing, (see cover in second photo) it definitely is engine oil, not power steering checked level in reservoir and it has the distinct engine oil smell. Anyone heard of a rear main going in a ridge 120k miles?

*edit "speedlever" I think its a little more than a tiny leak? lol
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Well I checked it out during the day and there appears to be no oil running from the top of the engine down, the majority of the oil is coming from where the engine mates with the transmission... rear main seal? (coincidence one just went out in a friends chevy)
See pictures below, there is oil residue back to the transfer case but the majority of it is right there at the bell housing, (see cover in second photo) it definitely is engine oil, not power steering checked level in reservoir and it has the distinct engine oil smell. Anyone heard of a rear main going in a ridge 120k miles?

*edit "speedlever" I think its a little more than a tiny leak? lol
It looks like the "Rear Main Seal" leak for the 3.5 L Honda V6. If you search around you will find other Honda 3.5 V6 owners (e.g. Pilot and Ody) with the issue. It costs about $1,000 to fix. I think the Pilot owners got together found a legal solution to the issue.

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Re: Oil Leak help

There have been a few reports of rear main seals going, but they are the exception.

Personally, I'd be tempted to clean it well and try some Seafoam in the crankcase and watch it for a bit.

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Looks like a rear main to me.

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