1995 Honda Accord whining noise coming from right around th

Tiny
CADAMW
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  • 1995 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 180,000 MILES
Ok so I changed the oil on my wifes accord, being a good husband, and did not notice before putting the new oil filter on but the rubber gasket from the old one was still there. Obviously with two gasket, all the oil leaked out by the time she made it to work and call me to say how grateful she was for my oil change job. Now here is the problem and im not sure it is related to the oil issue or not. Upon putting the oil filter on correctly and refilling the proper amount of oil, I started the car and it makes a whining noise coming right about where the timing belt is, directly to the right of the oil dipstick. Any idea at all as to what is the cause, difficulty to fix, and if it was to be repaired by a mechanic the cost? Also how serious of a problem in other words is it something that could be left without attending to it. Thanks for any and all help.
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 AT 11:48 AM

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Tiny
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Hi cadamw,

Directly to the right of the dipstick behind the timing belt cover is the oil pump. If the oil had leaked dry due to the filter fault, you could be looking at an engine rebuilt as the oil pump, crankshaft and con rod bearings could have been damaged by the lack of oil.

If it is only the oil pump, replacement requires the timing belt and oil sump to be removed, a 6 hour job. Not an easy job for DIY. The pump itself would cost $255.73.

Are there any abnormal knocking noises if you rev the engine abruptly?
Did the noise level change after running the engine with oil filled to correct level?
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 AT 12:51 PM
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After putting oil to the proper level the noise did lessen slightly however it is still present. As for whether or not there is a knocking noise when the accelerating, my wife unfortunately has the car at her office, however will check on her lunch break. Out of curiousity what would that mean one way or another? Thanks so much for your help.
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 AT 2:01 PM
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Knocking noise during abrupt revving means the con rod bearings have been damaged and that would mean replacing them, hopefullt the crank journals are still ok.
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 AT 2:45 PM
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Right on I appreciate your help on this. It definetly makes the task of taking it into a shop a little easier having somewhat of a heads up as to the possibilities.
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 AT 5:06 PM
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Keep your fingers crossed that the damage is minimal. If it is the oil pump, there is a likelihood the noise might go away after a little driving.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 10:06 AM
Tiny
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Thanks I will keep em crossed and hope like heck it is minimal, otherwise I may never hear the end of it from my wife. Lol. If it is the oil pump as you suggest and the noise goes away after a little driving does that mean it is no longer an issue and does not need to be replaced or does that simply mean that I just dont have to listen to the annoying noise any longer? Thanks again.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 12:17 PM
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If the noise goes away and there are no other abnormal noises with the oil pressure indicator not showing anything, then you may thank your lucky stars that you need not worry about anything until anything crops up.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 12:40 PM
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Well here's to hoping. Ill be sure to post back and let you know what happens. Thanks again for all your help.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 2:15 PM
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You're welcome.

Good luck.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 2:42 PM

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