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Old 07-17-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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1998 Honda civic oil leak

I bought a Honda civic for $550 to use as a commuter and turns out that I have found that there is a small oil leak. The oil pan looks TERRIBLE, it's so dirty with black gunk. I'm not sure where the leak is but my guess is that it needs a new oil pan gasket. Where do you guys think the leak is from? A couple of the pictures were from after I wiped the oil off of the pan in a couple of the pictures.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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You can't tell from those pictures. You could try to make sure all of the oil pan screws are torqued to spec. to see if that helps.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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honda's are pretty easy to work on. I'd just remove the entire engine give it a deep clean and you'd probably find the spot easier if not faster.
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I'll check the oil pan screws, I would hope it's something as simple as that. If I take the oil pan off do I have to get a new gasket to put the oil pan back on or is it ok to use the old oil pan gasket?
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gaskets are normally pretty cheap, I wouldn't want to remove a oil pan twice and potentially lose an entire gallon of oil because of a old gasket.
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ok thanks for the help, do you guys know of any common problems with this generation of the civics?
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awesome gas mileage is the only one I know of
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$550? Nice...How many miles? Show us a picture! Clean'er up good and then check, most likely from the main seal (crank)
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$550? Nice...How many miles? Show us a picture! Clean'er up good and then check, most likely from the main seal (crank)
I'll get a picture, there were 254,000 miles and now I just rolled 258,000 miles and I looked today and the oil pan is coated with oil
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