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Old 07-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm not very confident that my tranny is leaking... I took the fill plug off and it's still full of fluid... And I looked and I can't find a single leak on the entire tranny. The main oil leak is right under the distributor, I already replaced the distributor gasket so it isn't that, it's right under that is where it's leaking..
I forget what's there under the dizzy. Could be a sensor or two... not sure what else. Of course, if the seal for fhe dizzy was done incorrectly, it could still be that too. And there could always be more than one leak in general.

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I forget what's there under the dizzy. Could be a sensor or two... not sure what else. Of course, if the seal for fhe dizzy was done incorrectly, it could still be that too. And there could always be more than one leak in general.
Here is the leak. The arrow points in the main direction, but the leak is up under there. The bottom picture just kinda shows how much is there as you can see the transmission is completely covered in oil.



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Seems like it could be the head gasket then. I think your pic shows the upper rad hose, the engine coolant temp sensor, and the dizzy. The head will join the block just about there, just below that sensor and the hose, I believe. So maybe the head gasket.
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Distributor seal is known to go bad. A blocked up pcv or breather/separator box will make it worse. A HF trans wont fit your car (mounts are the issue, cable issue can be solved), nor can you swap the guts. I you could, I'd run it, since I have one.
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...A HF trans wont fit your car (mounts are the issue, cable issue can be solved), nor can you swap the guts. I you could, I'd run it, since I have one.
That's interesting. Thanks. Here's a guy on EM who says he paired an 89 HF trans with a VX engine in a fourth gen Civic body. So he would have had the stock fourth gen mount to match the HF transmission, I guess. I wonder if he had to fabricate mounts for the VX engine or if the engine side mounts were the same 4th to 5th gen?
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The engine is a bolt in for gen 3-7 for the most part. The trans isn't, it cuts off at the 5th.
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... nor can you swap the guts...
Why? I read a comment online once by a guy from, I think, synchrotech, saying that the countershafts are different lengths. Is that why? So a person could not drop a 2.95 fed HF final drive into a fifth or sixth gen transmission?
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Seems like it could be the head gasket then. I think your pic shows the upper rad hose, the engine coolant temp sensor, and the dizzy. The head will join the block just about there, just below that sensor and the hose, I believe. So maybe the head gasket.
I really feared that, but it's not the end of the world I guess.

Also, I already replaced the dizzy o'ring and it didn't help.

Could it possibly be the v-tech solenoid gasket? Someone asked me earlier today if it's ever been changed and I said no. Because I'm sure it never has.
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I recommend scrubbing the area clean with soapy water, so you can get a better idea of what's leaking. I ended up replacing the distributor in my Del Sol. I couldn't get to the inner seal (there are two in it) because the screws were seized under cap. New one doesn't leak.

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