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    Unhappy OIL Leak!

    Hello,
    I just had my tie rods replace... while doing the job my friend notice some oil on the oil pan cover and where the trans meet the block. I know there is a leak on the valve cover as well by the circular rubber cam plug but I don't think that is where its coming from, or am I wrong? He thinks its the rear main seal. but how to be sure other than cleaning everything...

    If its the rear main seal, what else should I replace? Also where can I get them for a good price?
    Its a 97 CRV 124K miles.

    Thanks.
    1997 Honda CRV

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    If it is the rear main seal, you shouldn't be worried about the price of the seal. You should be worried about how much labor you will be paying.

    Get under it, clean the oil pan and block off as much as you can and a couple of days later, get back under it and look for the source of the leak. More than likely, it is the oil pan gasket and not the rear main seal. If it is the oil pan, the hardest part will be getting the old and probably quite rusted exhaust unbolted so you can remove the oil pan. If it wasn't for the exhaust, you could do the pan in about an hour.
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    If it's the oil pan, I'd start by tightening all of the oil pan bolts to the correct amount, and in the correct sequence/pattern.
    Then wipe up any oil drips and check again in a couple of days.
    If it's still leaking, then you can go about replacing the oil pan gasket.

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    Sometimes NOTHING is leaking... it's just the oil that got splashed everywhere when Goofy Lube removed your oil filter. It then runs down the back of the engine for a long time, making the pan gasket look like it's got a leak.

    There's dozens of threads about pan gaskets. Many came to the same conclusion.

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    Trace the leak to the highest point and replace that seal. Start with the valve cover gasket and distributor oring and then look for drips after a few days. Then move down lower...and...so forth.

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    Thanks guys for responding so quick.
    Responses noted. Yeah I'm hoping its just the oil pan or valve cover.
    Ok but if it is the rear main seal what else should I replace axle seal,...?
    Also where to buy?
    Thanks.
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    Like I already mentioned, the price of the rear seal is your least worry. It will be the LABOR that gets you. Get it from the dealer. I think list is about $16.

    First, find out where it is leaking.
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