13 years ago
CaliDude

Got back from Honda Dealership and They Said They "Found Oil Leaking from Under Timing Cover" Is This Serious?

I went to Honda to get my transmission fluid changed. Well, I got it changed, paid, and was on my way. Well, that was a few hours ago... A few minutes ago I was looking at the receipt and I read under the comments section that the guy doing my transmission fluid change wrote "Found oil leaking from under timing cover". I guess they didnt feel like telling me this before I left the dealership! So is this a serious issue? What could be causing this? I dont even know what a timing cover is. is this an expensive fix? I just had my timing belt and water pump changed about 6 months ago from another place, could they have installed it bad--could that be causing this leak? Also, a few weeks ago i over revved the engine while driving 70 on the highway. i accidently pushed the automatic gear shifter into 2. it revved really high and it was only in the 2 about a second or so. i dont know if this has anything to do with it either. 99 automatic civic with 95,000 miles please give me your opinions! thanks
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13 years ago
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Sounds like an engine seal. Also if it is, I don't see how you can blame it on the guy who changed the timing belt. It may not have been leaking 6 months ago. If it was they would have told you and would have been happy to add the cost of replacing it at that time to your bill.
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13 years ago
Albert L
any type of oil leak in the timing belt cover will make the belt weak and if it slips a tooth it can cause serious damage to the whole upper part of your engine. timing getting thrown off will cause the valves to open and close at the wrong time, they will get bent causing loss of compression and possibly crack the piston. serious repair job. bring it back to the guy who did the timing belt. you should have a receipt and it should tell you if it has any type of warranty, usually about 1 year. at any rate i know this was not a cheap job you paid for, so do not get reamed by the mechanic who did it. bark back at him about it if he tries to charge you extra money. do not let him tell you that the leak came after he did the job, he should have told you about it six months ago before he did the work. he is a mechanic so he would have seen this before he did the work. good luck.
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13 years ago
justin h
i would ask the dealer/tech what kind of leak they witnessed. if it's just a little seepage, it's nothing too surprising, it'll just be crank or cam seals. expensive to fix becuase of the time involved, but not a tragic thing to let side a bit. if it's a gusher, you need to ask them why they didn't bring it to your attention before you left. it's more likely to be the former rather than the latter....and they'll tell you what you need to know.
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13 years ago
Anonymous
the guys who did the timing belt and waterpump are to blame for it. It should not be an issue. maybe they just have to tighten the covers bolts.
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