wtf? 93 Accord front engine seal problem/s

Discussion in 'Accord' started by blitz, Nov 7, 2006.

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    blitz Guest

    First, it blows the front idler shaft seal and barfs mucho oil.

    Replaced that one, and the crank and cam seals. The cam seal isn't
    awfully tight, and it's a shallow hole. Sure enough, it blows the cam
    seal, idling in the drive.

    I don't see anyone mentioning this in 6 months of posts on aah. Did
    NAPA give me the wrong seal? It's the exact match of the front idler
    shaft seal. PCV? Excess oil pressure?
    blitz, Nov 7, 2006
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    motsco_ Guest

    motsco_, Nov 7, 2006
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    blitz Guest

    Looks like there's an oil passage right behind the cam seal.
    blitz, Nov 7, 2006
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    Eric Guest

    I've never had a problem using OEM seals. Clean the seal bore, then apply a
    thin coat of ultra gray silicone to the outer lip of the seal, and apply
    silicone grease to the inner lip where it rides on the seal journal of the
    cam. Also make sure that you've installed the seal retainer for the counter
    balance shaft seal. It's an updated part from Honda that guarantees that
    the newly installed seal won't pop back out. Without it, you might
    experience the same problem once again. By the way, make sure you don't
    install the cam seal too far in the bore. The face of the seal should be
    flush with the inner bevel of the bore in the head.

    Eric, Nov 7, 2006
  5. PCV, I'm sure. The '80s Volvos, which have an unconventional crankcase
    ventilation system, often pop out the rear main seal and front cam seal when
    the ventilation system plugs up. I didn't even think to clean out the 3/8
    inch hoses on mine; I lost three quarts of oil in as many miles on the
    freeway when they plugged up, but the seals stayed put. Whew!

    Volvo guys just pry the seals back in from the side, and they stay put once
    the crankcase pressure is corrected.

    Michael Pardee, Nov 7, 2006
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    blitz Guest

    Thanks, all.

    Turns out NAPA supplied the wrong cam seal in the gasket set. Testing
    Honda-supplied seal tomorrow. And the bracket fix for the front
    balance shaft seal.
    blitz, Nov 7, 2006
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