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Old 18 Nov 2013, 11:50 am
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Default 1996 Acura TL 2.5 maybe Blown head gasket?

Had vehicle since January. Always had a minor oil leak which was a few drops here and there. Whenever the oil light will come on which was once a month, I would just add some oil. A month ago, I have noticed the vehicle was overheating but no signs of coolant leakage. No sign what so ever of coolant leak. Added coolant to the vehicle and it was fine for about a week. Then it happen again, then I added some coolant. Week ago, spark plug just came out while driving. May not have been screwed in all the way but plug and the boot just popped out while i was driving. Not sure why that happen, which was weird. Oil light came on again, which around the time for an oil change. Change the oil friday and then sunday afternoon the light came on again. Noticed a nice size puddle was underneath the vehicle. Added oil and it leaked out day later. Tried Lucas Stop Leak and still leaked. Noticed bubbles in coolant when adding coolant also. Cant see where the oil is leaking from but I know when it is running a steady drip is seen under the vehicle on the side of the oil pan but not from the oil pan. I believe it possibility be the head gasket because its common with this model vehicle. Either the gasket, distributor seal or oil filter seal I'm going to replaced all. Currently taking apart the vehicle now and noticed the fuel injectors all have oil on its tip. Need some advice on this problem. I would really appreciate all advice on this.
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Old 18 Nov 2013, 12:17 pm
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Before you can tell where the oil leak is the engine will need to be cleaned. Then, after a short run, the leak source will be more obvious- instead of oil smeared everywhere .

Have the water pump checked if you don't see a coolant leak. Work out water pumps leak as the engine runs but do not drip while the engine is off, thought they will show dampness. Replacement of the pump is the only fix for this.

When you changed the oil, did you notice any emulsion in it. That would be an obvious tell of a bad head gasket. Also look on the oil filler cap for this emulsion and the radiator cap.

Oil fouling inside the cylinder is pretty bad. It may be that the valve stem seals are shot and the engine is sucking oil through the valves.

The sparkplug coming out is just because it wasn't put in tight enough. The shop that does your maintenance needs a bad review.
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Old 18 Nov 2013, 12:40 pm
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It could be any number of things leaking and bandaids like stop leak aren't going to cure it. Constantly running low on oil till the light comes on isn't very smart either. The oil is running way to hot and damaging the engine. It needs to be diagnosed and properly repaired beore you blow it up and cost yourself a fortune for a new engine.
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Old 18 Nov 2013, 01:16 pm
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Hi i find it truly amazing what some expect from a 17 year old car really it is well passed it's scrap date.
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