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1996 Honda Prelude Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.2L Dorman

P311-4CA8872    594-068  New

DA222 , 8941367822 , 13810PT1004 , 90704PT0000 , PB1189N , 102096 , 13810PT1003

Qty:
$77.10
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Straight Keys, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
1996 - Honda Prelude S L 4 Cyl 2.2L - 2156
Dorman
1998 Honda Odyssey Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.3L Dorman

P311-2483C54    594-187  New

13810PAAA01 , PB1356N , 5862059270 , DA224 , 102162 , 13810PEA007

Qty:
$55.51
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1998 - Honda Odyssey L 4 Cyl 2.3L - 2234
Dorman
1997 Honda Civic del Sol Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 1.6L Dorman

P311-217B6FA    594-225  New

PB1574N , 13810P2T003 , 102280 , 13810P2K003

Qty:
$94.59
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Depth: 2.685
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Inside Diameter: 0.945
    • Mounting Hole Diameter: 0.945
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
    • Pulley Groove Quantity: 12
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1997 - Honda Civic del Sol L 4 Cyl 1.6L - 1595
Dorman
2011 Honda Civic Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.0L Dorman

P311-25980B1    594-298  New

13810PNLE01 , 13810PNA013 , 13810RRBA01 , 13810RRAA02 , PB1567N , 13810RAAA03 , 13810RAAA01 , 102283 , 13810PRC003 , 13810PRBA01 , 13810PNA003

Qty:
$51.86
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2011 - Honda Civic L 4 Cyl 2.0L 122 1998
Dorman
2004 Honda Pilot Engine Harmonic Balancer 6 Cyl 3.5L Dorman

P311-3EE97A3    594-300  New

102275 , 90704PT0000 , PB1575N , SK594300 , 13810P8AA01 , P-H3.5 , PC-7108

Qty:
$74.82
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2004 - Honda Pilot V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3475
Dorman
2002 Honda Accord Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.3L Dorman

P311-19FC1BB    594-306  New

102256 , PB1570N , 13810PAAA51

Qty:
$84.18
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Transmission Block Engine CID CC
2002 - Honda Accord Automatic L 4 Cyl 2.3L - 2254
Dorman
2002 Honda Passport Engine Harmonic Balancer 6 Cyl 3.2L Dorman

P311-159D1A1    594-308  New

DA3165 , 8973212960 , 102247 , PB1154N , 8971318590

Qty:
$163.93
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Depth: 72.5
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Inside Diameter: 34
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
    • Pulley Groove Quantity: 6
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2002 - Honda Passport V 6 Cyl 3.2L - 3165
Dorman
2007 Honda Odyssey Engine Harmonic Balancer 6 Cyl 3.5L Dorman

P311-0520C94    594-429  New

13810R70A01 , PB1713N , 138105G0A01

Qty:
$50.50
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • ; w/Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Depth: 45.6
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Inside Diameter: 28.02
    • Package Contents: Harmonic Balancer
    • Pulley Groove Quantity: 6
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2007 - Honda Odyssey V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3471
Dorman
2019 Honda Passport Engine Harmonic Balancer 6 Cyl 3.5L Dorman

P311-0520C94    594-429  New

13810R70A01 , PB1713N , 138105G0A01

Qty:
$50.50
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Depth: 45.6
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Inside Diameter: 28.02
    • Package Contents: Harmonic Balancer
    • Pulley Groove Quantity: 6
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2019 - Honda Passport V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3471
Dorman
1997 Honda Odyssey Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.2L Dorman

P311-5DB3F45    594-067  New

PB1188N , 5862021510 , 102095 , 90704PT0000 , 13810P0A003 , DA220

Qty:
$85.77
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Straight Keys, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1997 - Honda Odyssey L 4 Cyl 2.2L - 2156
Dorman
1997 Honda Passport Engine Harmonic Balancer 6 Cyl 3.2L Dorman

P311-118EE7F    594-162  New

8970418590 , DA3164 , 5097370030 , PC-7100 , PB1367N , 102142 , P-H3.2 , 8970868260

Qty:
$125.49
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1997 - Honda Passport V 6 Cyl 3.2L - 3165
Dorman
2005 Honda Civic Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 1.7L Dorman

P311-2DC4A82    594-192  New

DA225 , 90704634000 , PB1344N , 13810PLMA01 , 102167 , PC-7103 , DA3550 , P-H1.7

Qty:
$52.42
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2005 - Honda Civic L 4 Cyl 1.7L - 1668
Dorman
1995 Honda Civic del Sol Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 1.6L Dorman

P311-5C1AF80    594-214  New

PB1531N , 102197 , 13810P26003 , P-H1.6 , PC-7101

Qty:
$98.18
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black And Bronze
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Cylinder Head Type Block Engine CID CC
1995 - Honda Civic del Sol SOHC L 4 Cyl 1.6L 98 1588
Dorman
1995 Honda Civic del Sol Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 1.5L Dorman

P311-5EC9F62    594-217  New

102176 , DA1595 , PB1533N , 13811P00U00

Qty:
$73.44
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Bronze
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Transmission Block Engine CID CC
1995 - Honda Civic del Sol Automatic L 4 Cyl 1.5L - 1493
Dorman
2010 Honda Odyssey Engine Harmonic Balancer 6 Cyl 3.5L Dorman

P311-542C49C    594-267  New

PB1545N , 102235 , 594267 , 13810RJA003 , SK594267 , 13810RCAA01 , 12606927

Qty:
$113.89
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
2010 - Honda Odyssey EX V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3471
Dorman
2007 Honda Odyssey Engine Harmonic Balancer 6 Cyl 3.5L Dorman

P311-542C49C    594-267  New

PB1545N , 102235 , 594267 , 13810RJA003 , SK594267 , 13810RCAA01 , 12606927

Qty:
$113.89
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • ; wo/Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2007 - Honda Odyssey V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3471
Dorman
1989 Honda Accord Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.0L Dorman

P311-5C7434B    594-305  New

56990PH1000 , 56990PH1010 , 102255 , PB1579N

Qty:
$96.28
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Woodruff Key, Instruction Sheet
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1989 - Honda Accord L 4 Cyl 2.0L - 1955
Dorman
2001 Honda CR-V Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.0L Dorman

P311-3360DEB    594-354  New

13810P3F003 , PB1577N , 102328

Qty:
$140.81
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Balancer, Instruction Sheet, Woodruff Key
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2001 - Honda CR-V L 4 Cyl 2.0L - 1972
Dorman
2014 Honda Crosstour Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.4L Dorman

P311-0B543D8    594-386  New

13810RZAA01 , 102353 , 13810R40A01 , PB1679N , 13810RZA008

Qty:
$41.01
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Harmonic Balancer
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2014 - Honda Crosstour L 4 Cyl 2.4L 144 2354
Dorman
2015 Honda Crosstour Engine Harmonic Balancer 4 Cyl 2.4L Dorman

P311-0B543D8    594-386  New

13810RZAA01 , 102353 , 13810R40A01 , PB1679N , 13810RZA008

Qty:
$41.01
Dorman Engine Harmonic Balancer
  • ; Built in U.S.A.
  • Product Attributes:
    • Color/Finish: Black
    • Drive Belt Type: Serpentine
    • Grade Type: Regular
    • Package Contents: Harmonic Balancer
Brand: Dorman
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2015 - Honda Crosstour L 4 Cyl 2.4L 144 2354

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96 Honda Accord Crankshaft Pulley and Crankshaft Damaged?

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Question From Neptun3 on 96 Honda Accord Crankshaft Pulley and Crankshaft Damaged?

Hello everyone, so I was driving the other day and both my alternator and power steering belts popped off. I checked under the hood to see what the problem was and I noticed that the pulley which uses both belts was loose. I tightened it and put the belts back on, started the car and the belts popped off again. So then I unscrewed the pulley to check it out and saw that a small part of the teeth got worn out and therefore wouldn't stay properly on the crankshaft. I also looked under the car and saw that the part where it connects to on the crankshaft was a little worn out as well.

Pic of Pulley:



Pulley up close:



Crankshaft (Where the pulley connects to):



Is there anyway to fix this? Would perhaps getting a new pulley be sufficient to preventing it from getting loose and the belts from popping off again?

Thanks.

Response From nickwarner Top Rated Answer

That part is your harmonic balancer. It dampens vibrations from your running engine. If you run a bad one long enough the crankshaft can physically snap in two. At minimum it will hammer apart your rod and main bearings which would require an overhaul to repair.

Get a new balancer and make sure the crankshaft splines are OK. Cranks are made of a harder steel than the balancer so it should likely be alright. Those splines didn't fail on their own, so closely inspect the crank pulley threads to be sure they are ok along with the bolt. Running it loose will wreck it. Repair any threads you find damaged, get a new bolt of the identical size and grade, and put some blue Loctite on it when you install it. I would also replace the keyway on the crank. Its pretty beat up from getting loose.

Response From Neptun3

Thanks guys for the responses. I really appreciate it. How would I go about removing the keyway on the crank?

Response From Hammer Time

Just tap it out with a screwdriver and small hammer. It's pushed into a groove tightly.

Response From Discretesignals

That key is also used by the timing belt crank sprocket.

Response From Hammer Time

Didn't realize that. that means the timing belt and crank gear have to be removed first.

Response From Discretesignals

Going to have a good ole time getting the sprocket off. It has to slide over the bad part of the key. You'll probably have to file the bad spot off, so you get the sprocket over it.


You should replace the crankshaft pulley bolt too since it has been chucking around. Make sure the bolt is tightened to 183 ft/lbs. Don't run the engine anymore until you fix that. Don't try to rig it with duct tape or JB weld. Fix it right the first time using the right parts.

Your lucky the key didn't shear at the belt sprocket or you would be ripping the head off.

Response From nickwarner

This would be the ideal time to change your timing belt, idlers, tensioner and water pump with a Gates kit. You'll have to take it off anyway and I'd be willing to bet its dues for service. You will need to follow the service info to the letter when you do it, as once you take the timing belt off if you turn that engine at all you WILL bend valves in the head and be facing a very very expensive problem. We can help you work your way through that if you wish, but you will need to follow our instructions to the letter if you want to be able to drive it again later. If you think this job might be over your head, you should have it towed to a competent shop.

Response From Hammer Time

I wouldn't be surprised if a substandard timing belt job is what started this whole mess. Somebody left that crank pulley loose.

Response From Discretesignals

I am very sure of that HT. You know how hard them Honda bolts are too get off. You practically need a 1" impact to get it off. I am sure a lot of DIY don't have the special tool to hold the balancer hub when you go to tighten the bolt. They think it is tight because they can't hold the crank from turning anymore with their hands or water pump pliers...LOL. Trying to put 183 ft/lbs on a bolt without the crank turning while laying on a gravel driveway has to be a mother.

Response From Neptun3

Thanks guys for the responses I really appreciate it. A timing belt job seems kinda difficult so I don't think I would be able to do it by myself and I don't have the money to take it to a shop and have it done there.

I tried pulling the woodruff key out with vice grips using all of my strength and it's not coming out. However, when I put the pulley onto the key it seats correctly so is it possible that I'm just not tightening the bolt hard enough? When I tighten it at a certain point and continue tightening, the pulley and bolt move together so I really can't tighten it anymore. Do I need a special tool for tightening it to the correct torque spec (183 ft/lbs)?

Response From Hammer Time

No, that pulley and keyway were destroyed. Don't even try to put that back together that way. You will be buying an engine for sure.

Response From nickwarner

With HT on this, and yes there is a special tool to hold that still while torquing the bolt to spec.

Response From Neptun3

Hey looks like I was able to get the key out! I wasn't pulling on the right part but now it's out.

Woodruff key:



Crank pulley with no key:



So I guess all I have to do now is get a new key and harmonic balancer. Is there a specific way to lock the new key in or does it just push in and stay secure?

Response From Hammer Time

The key is supposed too remove any sort of wobble or movement in the pulley when it is slid on. If there is any wear in the slot that allows the key to move at all, then you have a serious problem with the crank shaft. If the Crank is still OK, then just make sure the hold down bolt is tightened to proper torque.

Response From Neptun3

Oh ok, is the key shaped differently on both sides? If so which side goes in first? Also, I can't seem to find the key anywhere online. I tried calling 1A Auto to see if the key came with the harmonic balancer and they said I would have to buy it separately.

Response From Hammer Time

No, you're going to have to get that from the dealer. The key will only settle in one way.

Response From Neptun3

Oh, well I just found out RockAuto sells the key with the harmonic balancer so I'm probably gonna go with that. One more thing, how do I know when it's at the correct torque spec while tightening? Thanks again for the help everyone.

Response From Hammer Time

181 foot pounds

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Neptun3 : You know it's there with a torque wrench - probably rentable if you don't care to own one,

T

Response From Discretesignals

Hope you didn't turn the crank with the key out or valve spring pressure didn't rotate the timing belt drive sprocket.

Response From Neptun3

I cannot get this bolt to tighten to 185 ft/lbs torque. At first I tightened it with a ratchet until the pulley began to move with the bolt. Then I used the honda crank pulley holder and a breaker bar to hold the pulley in place and a torque wrench to try to tighten it. I am literally using all of my strength and this thing has not turned at all. Here are some pics of how I have it set up.

Honda crank pulley holder w/ breaker bar and torque wrench:



Close up of crank pulley holder:



Why won't this bolt tighten? I put on a new harmonic balancer and woodruff key by the way.

Response From Neptun3

I think I got it on tight enough. After putting the belts back on I was able to drive the car around! While it was on I checked under the hood and noticed the harmonic balancer looked like it was shaking a little bit as it was rotating. Is it supposed to look like that while the car is running? I'll try to upload a video later when my car battery is done charging.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

No. It should be as true as true gets. Is it perfectly lined up in 'plane' with belt to other pulleys? Should be.

I take it that it's moving as a wobble not up and down. IDK - can you see center part and bolt move and outer ring moving and those not? IMO there could be a defective balancer, crankshaft + balancer didn't actually mesh together properly from damage or damage to the new balancer along the way in it's installation. Hard to say right now. If crankshaft itself could be real trouble. How long it could last that way if so is a guess at best if running well now,

T

Response From Neptun3

Here's a video of the harmonic balancer while the car is running. I know the camera is kinda shaky but try to see if you can see the harmonic balancer sort of move left and right.


Response From Neptun3

I think I'm gonna just try to remove it and then tighten it again starting with the torque wrench to make sure it's on solid.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Been watching all along. Pondering this tool shown in this pic you took.....


"Harmonic Balancer" :: The center as you know is about pressed in place by that bolt. The outer metal that has the belt grooves is isolated by rubber giving those things the ability to absorb the vibrations. The tool is holding the outer part on thru the rubber to hold the center which is the crank of course.

Did that tool really torque on the outer part?

Sorry if a repeat but can you get a view while running to see if inner metal and bolt are running true and outer is not? I'd want to know if the crank is at fault or the new balancer just isn't true for whatever reason.

You video of it was inconclusive to me. Someone may have better eyes (most do) than I do and didn't really conclude it was moving too much.

Just wondering just what is or isn't just right at this point. It may be the best way to hold crank while tightening that bolt but my gut says that is not a preferred way despite that a tool to do just such is made??


Tom

Response From Neptun3

Been watching all along. Pondering this tool shown in this pic you took.....


"Harmonic Balancer" :: The center as you know is about pressed in place by that bolt. The outer metal that has the belt grooves is isolated by rubber giving those things the ability to absorb the vibrations. The tool is holding the outer part on thru the rubber to hold the center which is the crank of course.

Did that tool really torque on the outer part?

Sorry if a repeat but can you get a view while running to see if inner metal and bolt are running true and outer is not? I'd want to know if the crank is at fault or the new balancer just isn't true for whatever reason.

You video of it was inconclusive to me. Someone may have better eyes (most do) than I do and didn't really conclude it was moving too much.

Just wondering just what is or isn't just right at this point. It may be the best way to hold crank while tightening that bolt but my gut says that is not a preferred way despite that a tool to do just such is made??


Tom

Based on the information you gave me I'm not quite actually sure what kind of video you want me to take but here's this one to view. All of these car terms are new to me so I am trying my best to follow along. If it's not what you were asking I don't mind taking another one.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Never mind videos - I want to know if crankshaft or pulley is bent........... If you can't tell the difference the job isn't for you,

T

Response From nickwarner

We can't see in the dark. If you post a vid of a part, make sure that part is actually in it and shown clearly. If you want to show a harmonic balancer then don't stand up outside your car, pull a tire and the inner fender to shoot the part you ask about. That vid was useless.

Response From Hammer Time

The key-way is destroyed from running loose. If you're real luck you may be able to replace the key-way and pulley and save it. If you're not so lucky, the crank is damaged and you're looking for an engine.
Maker sure the new key-way fits tight with no wobble. If the slot in the crank is damaged, you are looking at another engine.

94 Honda Civic crankshaft issue - brokedown on the road, pls help!

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Question From teloiv on 94 Honda Civic crankshaft issue - brokedown on the road, pls help!

Tough decision I need to make really soon, would really appreciate some help. Stuck at a Motel 6 in the middle of nowhere.

Today, I was driving my 94 Civic (standard) and took a sharp turn onto an exit. Something banged on the bottom of the car, and when I pulled into the gas station, the steering was screwed up and it sounded bad.

Looked under the hood, took it to a mechanic. The harmonic balancer (AKA damper) on the driver’s side end of the crankshaft (the one with 2 belts running around it) is chipped, and so is the crankshaft (small chips, maybe 4mm each). The mechanic said he’ll try replacing the damper to see if it’s tight enough to drive. He says that if it’s not, I’ll have to replace the whole crankshaft (i.e. I’m screwed).

Here’s my problem: let’s say the new damper fits on. I'm 900 miles from home. Won’t that little chip eventually wear more and more, to the point that the crankshaft will be loose again? Is it possible for me to drive home with some damage to the crankshaft even if the engine sounds smooth with the new damper? I really don't know if its safe to make that long of a drive, but I have a car full of stuff and I need to get home!

Response From Hammer Time

If you have a damaged crankshaft I really wouldn't expect to drive it 900 miles. You might consider flying home and leaving the car behind.

Response From Hammer Time

I really doubt the value of a 94 civic with a bad engine would justify the transportation costs and headaches of getting stuck if/when it dies.

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

This is tough especially in so called "nowhere" and I probably would sell or give the car to the mechanic, ship the contents home and fly home and deal with getting another car at a home base. You are right - how much can this car be worth (18 years old) with a bad engine with motel costs adding up and other expenses/headaches - not a pretty picture,

T

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Rock and hard place! If you make a run for it have a plan "B" and "C" as to what you will do. Perhaps if at or real close to a truck stop ask truckers for ideas on transporting whole cars and YOU. A plain tow would be nasty expensive and you would still have the issue at desired destination. Tough call,

T

Urgent!! Minor engine oil leak! Should I KEEP or RETURN my car to dealer?

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Question From jennycong on Urgent!! Minor engine oil leak! Should I KEEP or RETURN my car to dealer?


Hello, everyone,
Urgent!!! Pls help! Need to get second opinion from you!

I purchased a used car—2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L minivan ( mileage 66K, V6) from Putnam Toyota yesterday. They don’t allow me to take the car to my mechanics man for inspection before I pay for it. They said that another buyer was waiting in the lot to buy it. So I paid $500 for a 2 days cancelation policy. In case anything goes wrong with car, I can return the car to dealer in 2 days---I will lose $500 as restocking fee.

So, after I bought it, I took the car right away to a mechanics “Honda Acura car repair shop in Campbell, CA” for a full inspection. Bad news. The owner John said that there was minor engine oil leak. He lifted the car, and showed me that there was a “palm size” WET area at the bottom of the car. I didn’t see the oil dripping, but I did
see this area had oil and was wet.

He did test drive for 5-10 minutes. After that, he opened the hood, there is some burning smell. He said the smell was from engine oil leak.

He did clean and wipe off this area. He asked me to drive 100 miles today and asked me to come back tomorrow to see how severe the leak is.

I did purchased 3 years warranty from dealer for $1100. But John said that he filed/saw so many claims that insurance company wouldn’t pay for—even the customers thought they had warranty on it.

In my inspection report, John is writing :
“ Minor engine oil leak at rear of engine. Leak at intermediate shafi that mounts to engine block. This area may have high stress under driving condition—May cause engine block damage cracks. “

He said the engine block damage cracks may cost $5000 to $7000 to repair it. And the problem can get gradually developed and get worse a few months. I am really scared.

Here is my 3 year car warranty ---the EasyCare contracts—StatedCare (administered by automobile protection corporation-APCO ) from the dealer.

On this 1 page warranty brochure, it says:
“It covers mechanical breakdown on the following items of Engine:
All internal, lubricated parts. Cylinder Block; Cylinder Heads; Harmonic Balancer; Timing Chain, Timing belt, Balance shaft belt, gears, pulleys, guides and tensioners; Oil pump, Intake and exhaust manifold; Diesel Engine
vacuum pump, Engine Mounts. The following pars are covered only if damaged by the failure of an internal, lubricated part: Cylinder barrels, Timing Chain cover, valve covers, oil Pan and Rotor Housing. “

So now I am really scared. I only have 1 day to make decision. I want to get second opinion from you here:

1. Should I keep the car ( I guess that I can keep adding engine oil myself? ) or just return the car ( I will lose $500 restocking fee ) to avoid future headache?

2. How serious can this “minor engine oil leak” be? If it leaks a lot, then I will return it. But if it only has VERY MINOR leaks after I drive 100 miles today, do I have to fix this problem? How much it cost? Can I “live
with it” without fixing it? What is the potential future problems for this?

3. If you read my warranty wording above, do you think that the insurance company in general , will pay for repairing the “minor engine oil leak” or Not? What is your past experience on this? ( today is Sunday. They are
closed. John says they usually require the shop to send pictures to them for evaluation. But I only have 1 day left
to return the car! )

Thanks for reading. Appreciate any help here!

Response From Sidom Top Rated Answer

I guess we'll address the oil leak 1st since that really seems to be concerning you. If the only problem with the van is a minor oil leak then it sounds like a pretty good deal. I'm a little confused on where exactly the leak is.

Pretty much any seal or gasket leak should be covered under your extended warranty. Which is another area that is confusing. I'm not sure if you were saying HE couldn't do the warranty work or he was saying YOUR policy wouldn't cover it. A 2nd opinion might not be a bad idea before you make a decision.

I'm not aware of Hondas with problems with their blocks cracking. Some shops put disclaimers like that on their repair orders just to cover themselves in case a problem like that arises later on thru no fault on their part. That is one area where you might want to talk with John again to be crystal clear on. If this was just a disclaimer they put on all repair orders with oil leaks or if there is an actual problem with these engines he is aware of.

So now the other thing......

With any used car, always get it checked out 1st. Would knowing then what you know now affected your decision to buy the car?

You can always get the inspection.

While it is very possible they had another buyer. This is also a tactic some will use to close a sale "the other person who is going to buy the car". What this does is creates a sense of urgency. To make you think you need to act quickly or lose the car.

It's very simple. If they won't let you get the car inspected..........don't buy it......

If the "other person" was just a selling ploy, then all of a sudden you will be able to take the car to get inspected for some strange reason......
Personally if it was me and that happpened (unless it was killer deal) I would tell then....Thanks...that's ok, "the other person" can buy the car & leave....