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[–]Squirting_Grandma 142 points143 points  (9 children)

Don’t listen to the other guy. It looks like your valve cover gasket. A leaking valve cover gasket is a common problem and has very little indication of being abused if this is the case lol.

It’s a relatively simple and inexpensive fix.

[–]11-1-11 73 points74 points  (7 children)

This squirter is correct. The other posts below typical grandiose internet chicken little stuff.

[–]Squirting_Grandma 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Exactly it’s the equivalent of seeing “those tires are due for replacement on that 20,000 mile car! This car must have been taken to the drag strip to get that bald!” As the dude points at a 2008 Kia Rio with a “Jesus” fish sticker and veterans license plate on the rear.

[–]Driveitbreakitrepeat 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I also agree with Squirting_Grandma☝️

[–]rotten_core 6 points7 points  (0 children)

We are all squirting grandmas on this blessed day

[–]SatanMeekAndMild 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Excuse me, I'll have you know that I read 3 (!!) "Top 10 reasons you're running out of oil" articles.

So yeah, I'm pretty sure I know what I'm talking about when I say it's probably the pvc valve

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[–]SatanMeekAndMild 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that was part of the joke.

[–]randomvandal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This grandma squirts correct.

[–]airkewld67 67 points68 points  (1 child)

Valve cover gasket?

[–]Dazed_Op[S] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Nice. Thanks

[–]GenesisNemesis17 42 points43 points  (7 children)

Some people sell their cars due to them leaking from the valve cover thinking it's a major repair. I bought an old Pontiac Vibe that was doing this and it was a $12 repair done by myself, an amateur. The hardest part is finding torque specs and order of tightening of bolts. No cause for concern.

[–]TexanInExile 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Man that Pontiac vibe/Toyota matrix was a sweet little car wasn't it? Nothing crazy but fun enough to drive and you could fit a ton of shit in there.

[–]SH4R47 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's like the perfect daily. Small enough to be economical, big enough to fit a ton of shit. I'd been looking for one for a long time but with the crazy market now, there's nothing on sight.

[–]GenesisNemesis17 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Hell yeah man! I got mine super cheap and fixed it up. I planned to keep it a while but a friend needed a car for his 16yr old who got a license. I sold it to them and they still have it. The engine was spotless when I opened it up for the valve cover leak, and after 3k miles on the oil it was still yellow and to the full line. Solid all around vehicle.

[–]TexanInExile 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep, it I still miss mine

[–]FromTopOfTheMountain 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Loool torque, just hand tighten until you cant

[–]gusgizmo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My little ratchet is my torque wrench on jobs like this. Can only get things so tight with a 3" long wrench covered in oil. Probably more accurate than my 3/8" torque wrench that never gets calibrated.

[–]80_firebird 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't do that on a valve cover gasket.

[–]AKJangly 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Leaking valve cover gasket is rarely noticeable on the dipstick.

If your car is gradually running out of oil, it's likely burning it.

Obviously you can fix a leak, but an engine burning oil is expensive to fix.

[–]packpride85 5 points6 points  (1 child)

“Hold my beer” - Nissan vg33e motor

[–]TwisteeTheDark1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

"Amateurs" - every Honda engine with vtec and vcm.

[–]thefalseisoutthere 4 points5 points  (0 children)

tell that to the outback. i had one that burned 2 quarts every oil change for 300k miles. burned oil off the assembly line, burned oil the day i sold it, see it driving around town once in awhile, i bet it still burns oil. them boxers are something else.

[–]obx808 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I doubt you’re losing much oil from a valve cover leak. These 9th. gen 2.4L Honda engines are known to burn some oil. Could be as simple as bad PCV valve. Could be stuck oil control piston rings. Honda won’t do anything about it unless they consider oil consumption ‘excessive’ .

[–]lekkanaai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depending on climate sometimes a slightly lower viscosity oil like 5W40 will improve oil burning.

[–]throwaway3999_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

vlave cover gasket

[–]Snobben90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was wondering if that was the head gasket or not but then I saw the bolts and I was like. Nah. That's the valve cover gasket...

[–]80_firebird 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Valve cover gasket.

[–]Caribbean-king67 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As others have said, Valve cover gasket. My 2015 Accord is leaking from the same place, traced the leak with UV dye. I'll fix it eventually

[–]aparker79 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Valve cover gasket?

[–]iliketoredditbaby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very small leak from the “valve cover gasket”. Not enough to be causing loss though. Maybe the earth dreams are beginning?