My daughter had her timing belt and balance shaft belt replaced on her 97 Honda accord. After leaving the repair shop she noticed the oil light was blinking. I checked and there is an oil leak that wasn't there before. Could replacing the belts have caused this? I called the repair shop and they told me replacing the belts couldn't have caused this.


Asked by Mar 05, 2014 at 10:06 AM about the 1997 Honda Accord Special Edition

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

4 Answers


Changing the belts would involve taking off the valve cover and oil pan drain plug to remove oil. Not properly reinstalling either could result in leaks. Also, it is recommended that both can and crank seals are replaced when the timing belt is serviced since they will be accessible. If those seals were not correctly replaced or damaged inadvertently somehow, those could also be culprits.

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I meant to say 'cam' seals; not 'can'

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Thanks for your help. Unfortunately I paid more money to get the leak fixed, as they insisted it wasn't anything they did. I feel like I was taken advantage of because I'm a woman.


You`re welcome. What did they do to `fix` the leak?

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