87 prelude leaking oil

Discussion in 'Prelude' started by T L via CarKB.com, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Hi All

    87 prelude 5 spd 1.8L side draft dual carbs with 220000kms on it. Noticed an
    oil leak about a week ago, its dripping from somewhere on the front passenger
    side, and drips onto a cross member and some onto the exhaust, creating a
    burning smell.

    Checked the valve cover seal today, seemed fine, no imperfections. I did not
    replace it, but did put a bead of silicone around it.

    The oil also looks like it could be coming from where the head and the block
    mate. I assume this would be indicative of a head gasket failure. However,
    would this diagnosis not also include several other symptoms? ie coolant in
    the oil, oil in the coolant, losing coolant for no reason, etc etc?

    Also, where is the PCV valve on this thing? I couldn't find it amongst all
    the mess of vacuum hoses for the carburation system. I assume it has one
    though, even if its not fuel injected? I thought maybe it would be plugged,
    causing excess pressure in the valve cover or crankcase which could bring on
    the oil leak.

    Any ideas?

    T L via CarKB.com, Aug 30, 2005
  2. PS, after working on this car a bit, my hands do smell like antifreeze. hmmm.

    Oh ya, and I also cleaned the oil covered part of the motor with degreaser, I
    will check it tomorrow to see if the leak is any more obvious.

    T L via CarKB.com, Aug 30, 2005
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