A oil leaking from top of timing cover and recommended camshaft seal

Tiny
JINGELS
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  • 2002 HONDA CIVIC
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 245,550 MILES
I have attached what the mechanics said. This is after I went to them and they said I had a leak around the oil pan tho no spotting on my garage floor. So I got a new oil pan gasket and then I had oil spotting on the floor! Took it back and they said:

Technician's comments:db 0.00

- oil pan not leaking any more but now there is a serious oil leak from above

The pan. About 0.2 quarts low on oil upon arrival. Oil cleaned off and UV dye added to trace oil using UV light.

- diagnostic shows oil leaking from top of timing cover and running down to the
front left of the pan. Requires camshaft seal. Recommend replacing timing belt component kit water pump and camshaft and crankshaft seals.

Replace timing belt kit with water pump and seals: includes ignition timing reset and db 784.83435.00349.83 replacing of external drive belts if needed. 0.00

Timing belt kit with water pump 219.95 2

Camshaft seal 19.99 19.99 One front crankshaft seal 9.99 9.99s1 valve cover gasket set 79.95 79.95s1

Coolant, longlife 19.95 19.95s 1

For a total (plus labor) of $784.83.


For a total (plus labor) of $784.83.

IF it is only the camshaft seal why do I have to have all of the other stuff (timing belt kit with water pump etc?).

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

J
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 AT 5:15 AM

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Tiny
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Its easier to have it all done while he has the car apart. You have very high mileage also. So if you have not had the timing belt done, it is well over due. Having the oil leak on the timing belt also is no good for the belt and you do not want it to break. It will cause much more money to fix if it breaks, possibly causing valves to be bent and other problems.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 AT 6:24 AM
Tiny
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Thanks. I had the timing belt replaced previously and do not see any evidence of oil on the timing belt. So, if I were to ask them to replace just the camshaft seal with no external belts, just the valve cover gasket and the seal, would maybe cut the cost to a third of what they are asking now. What do you think? Or, I could just take the camshaft out and be extra careful of my timing belt position, etc, replace it myself.
Had seen online where you could possibly just mark and remove the timing belt and cog then slide old seal out, carefully slide new seal back in and tamp it real good then replace timing belt. Problems with that? And do I need a pulley removal tool if I try?

Thanks.

J
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 AT 6:47 AM
Tiny
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They have to do the same operation so I doubt it would be much if any difference and you do not need to remove cam to replace a seal on most engine.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 AT 7:27 AM

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