1998 Honda Civic EX oil pan gasket leak?

Asked by May 17, 2013 at 09:13 AM about the 1998 Honda Civic EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 98 Honda Civic EX (=aluminum oil pan).  A month ago the dealership did an oil change and told me (1) I'll need a new oil pan or a time sert soon [=first I'd heard of any difficulties with the drain plug], and (2) the gasket on the oil pan is leaking.

I had just had the gasket replaced around 14 mos ago.  I took it back to the shop that replaced it and they said it wasn't leaking, took me out to the car on the lift and gave me a flashlight.  It didn't look like there was a leak, but the oil pan looked quite clean on the outside (=no road dust etc).

Now, one month later, I have lost around 2 or 2.5 quarts of oil.

Is it the oil pan gasket?  If not, where is the oil going?

Thanks.

3 Answers

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"Is it the oil pan gasket? " - No, you looked at it with a flash light and I believe you. If the oil pan gasket was leaking, there would be oil on the ground where you park. --- "If not, where is the oil going?" - Have a compression test done on the engine to see if you rings and valves are good.

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could not have said it any better tenspeed.

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You need to do an oil consumption test if there are no leaks.

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