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One of those Sneaky Leaks?

The way a V-TEC gasket leak snuck up on me was news2me. A tiny, halfway dried up, almost imperceptible oil spot shows up on my garage floor. I check underneath the Ridge and oil is everywhere, even well above the oil filter. Did not wipe anything down and no drops hit the floor for 2 days afterward. So why not more evidence of the leak on the floor?

Rob, my ace mechanic, showed me why. After first cleaning the area to recreate the leak at its origin, nothing turns up. He said oil wouldn’t show up while the engine is hot cuz even a compromised V-TEC gasket, which he suspected, swells with the heat and blocks its own leak…until a cold start the next morning. Then a trickle will start but stop as soon as the engine heats back up again, leaving little deposits that add up over time, one of them eventually landing on your floor. Dad gum, if he wasn’t right. So if he pinpointed it, we nipped the oil leak in the bud … unless it originated from somewhere else. We’ll see.
 

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Re: One of those Sneaky Leaks?

Good To know. Should keep it handy and check for it this weekend when I change my oil.

BTW, I see what you did in your first line, sneaky sneaky (pun intended :) )

AND: whats up with the FRAM filter man? not cool.
You caught me dead to rights on that FRAM. The perils of Walmart oil changes ... but at least it’s done every 3000 miles.

On this sneaky leak, jury’s still out. I always give it a couple of days before declaring any surgery to close an oil leak a success. There’s always some excess spillage you have to dismiss as a cause. So I’ve wiped down everything I could reach. The new gaskets look clean, though.
 

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Re: Weak Oil Leak/Smell fixed w/ PCV replacement & VTEC Solenoid Valve Leak Solved

UPDATE: After a thorough wipe down the day after surgery, multiple checks before and after cold starts and following regular and expressway driving, everything remains bone dry…more than 2 and half days after getting those v-tech seals replaced. Thanks to my mechanic Rob for calling it right. Our garage floor appreciating the effort too.
 

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Re: Weak Oil Leak/Smell fixed w/ PCV replacement & VTEC Solenoid Valve Leak Solved

Sweet! I like that garage floor!

More garage porn please!
I will soon post a link to the plans for our suspended cabinetry. Amazingly simple to make, and the sturdiest you will ever find mounted in a garage. In the meantime I can stow the ramps away...at least till the next crisis.
 

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