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Old 11-29-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

i have a fully built lsvtec...all new gaskets...arps torqued in 3 steps to 80ftlbs....

i have a medium oil leak from the corner of headgasket...near the vtec solenoid....but oil looks clean and its just in the front of the engine...new gsr headgasket...new vtec solenoid gasket...i went to street tune and had to stop early cause rad fan went out...
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

maybe try the golden eagle HG?.. and see wat happens..
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

You sure it's the HG and not from Vtec solenoid, cam plug, or distributor?
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

I would first re-torque the head and make sure you use some rtv on the cam seal above. Sometime after a few heat cycles you need to re-torque the arp studs.
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

I have the same problem right now, I narrowed it down to the cam plug. GL
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

Could easily be cam seal or Vtec solenoid gasket
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

it has been a prob for me for as long as ive been building these motors even with freshly decked heads and blocks. copper spray was my go to for the fix and since then every motor ive built havent had a leak
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

You can also whipe up the oil clean it up then baby powder around where it was leaking and start the car drive it for a minute and it should reveal where your oil is escaping from...
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

I always put a little hondabond on the oil drains for lsvtec's. If not they always seem to leak like you're describing. Double check the other possible sources though like others have mentioned.
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

That leak I have come to know as the "vtec leak" I see just about every car with an LSV or that has had the head split from the block has that leak. I use honda bond around all the oil ports as an extra seal and have defeated it. The first rebuild I did I had the same problem.
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

i used ultra grey around the oil returns on the head gasket.....and the cam seal is one of those 3 o-ring aftermarket ones that i also went over with ultra-grey...and everthing on the head side is clean...under cam seal and distributor and vtec solenoid...also head was resurface and so was the block...

i dont mind cleaning it up once in a while...i just dont wanna blow something...

if it can last till spring im ok with it so i can retorque the head...if i have to take of the head im gonna go with copper spray..
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

did you atleast install the plug into the bottom of the head? I know its a dumb question but you would be suprised how many people do not tap and plug the hole. I for one have never had an ls/vtec or b20/vtec leak anywhere when built. Sounds like a problem from the engine builder
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

Since it hasn't been asked or put out there, what HG did you use?
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:56 PM   #14
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Default Re: BUILT lSVTEC oil leak...from headgasket...

i made that mistake once already...installe the plug without any sealant....this time i did it right...

compression was even on all 4 cyl..so it cant be a bad headgasket...also the oil is clean not milky...
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