Mechanics

MAJOR OIL LEAK AND LIFTER KNOCKING ((((HELP PLEASE)))))

Honda Accord

I have a 1988 Honda accord DX 121K on it
(1) and I have a major oil leak the car needs about a quart in 10 days maybe 15 days and also when im stoped at lights I see burning oil out of the driver side wheel area (not the hood).

(2)it sounds to me (a either or) the valve is stuck or the lifter is knocking not to sure so here it goes I feel it to the touch of the valve cover the knocking feel when at idle of course and when driving it knocks so much faster you dont hear it. Accept when I let off the gas and roll to a stop I hear it also.

what I kinda wanted to know how much do you think it would cost in repairs or would it be better iff done at home or what and thank you very much for your help.
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88hondaaccord
May 28, 2007.




First of all where is the oil leaking from. It sounds as though it is leaking and finding its way to the exhaust system where it is burned off causing the smoke. Second, I would pull off the valve cover and look for anything loose and anything not connected or not supposed to be in there. Is there oil in the plug holes?
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Bruce Hunt
May 29, 2007.
Ok. Its a no on the plug holes when I checked about a week agO I beleave the highest I see oil is just under the valve cover, top of exhaust manifold and thanks alot for your help bruce

UPDATE I checked again on the plug holes and no theres no oil getting into them whitch is amazing but the oil is coming from the vlave cover

Tiny
88hondaaccord
May 29, 2007.
Her is to picks i took
(((number one is the driver side of the car))))
(((number two is the valve cover))))


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/64040_pick_of_oil_leak_2.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/64040_valve_cover_2.jpg


Tiny
88hondaaccord
May 29, 2007.
Get a valve cover gasket and pull that head off. Check the valve train assembly for any loose items and any foreign materials floating around.

Bruce Hunt
May 30, 2007.
OK thank you so very much bruce
keep up the good work
also if you go to http://www.youtube.com
keyword robert95691 you will see two videos i posted on the knocking noise

Tiny
88hondaaccord
May 30, 2007.
I listened to the tractor running. That is what it sounds like. Try a couple of things. Look down when the engine is running along the side of the engine where the belts run. Look at all of the pulleys and make sure that the harmonic balancer is running smooth and true. It should have no wobble to it at all. With the engine off, grab the harmonic balancer, the big pulley off the crankshaft and be sure it is not loose.

If that wasn't the problem, take a big screw driver and with the engine running put the blade against the engine and your ear to the handle. Listen. Move the screwdriver around on the engine, valve cover, side and determine if there is a section of the engine that is worse than any other.

Bruce Hunt
May 31, 2007.
UPDATE: i check the belt area like you said all was fine on the other hand i took the vlave cover off and found the two bolts not wanting to tighten snapped some pics for you and used the screw driver to find where the sound was coming from on the valve cover
pic 1 was before touching it the bolt was just sitting there
pic 2 is just the same but closer as i tryed to tighen them just turning for about ten min
pic 3 is where the sound is coming from
and please tell me this is not real bad news also the i pulled the bolts there was no breakand the thread was fine im guessing that down below is the problem


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/64040_engine1_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/64040_engine2_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/64040_engine3_1.jpg


Tiny
88hondaaccord
May 31, 2007.
Also I heard of this stuff called Loctite Thread Sealant
do you think this might help yet im not sure if these have to be torcked on or not not sure if you can use the sealant when you do the tork

Tiny
88hondaaccord
May 31, 2007.
If the bolts are loose and the similar ones on the valves are not I know you have found the problem. The problem is more serious that just using loctite. I would remove the bolts, see if the bolts are stripped or if the threads in the hole are stripped. Then you either replace the bolt or tap the hole a size bigger and tighten down. Be careful as the last great mechanic over tightened them before.

Bruce Hunt
Jun 5, 2007.

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