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#2247789 - 04/30/11 02:40 PM Oil leak stopping additives??
Lead Shoes Offline


Registered: 03/03/10
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So I have oil leaking from what I believe to be my rear main on my Honda Civic, I used UV dye and found oil coming out of my transmission bell housing gasket, and my clutch slips some days and not others probably because it has oil on it.. and the rear main is about the only way it would get in there. Its not a bad leak, I lose maybe a quart every 1500 miles, I was wondering do oil leak stopping additives work? and which one would be best for my application?
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#2247800 - 04/30/11 02:56 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Registered: 01/07/11
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Stop leak additives are generally just oil thickeners which just mask the problem. Some have had good experiences with Valvoline Maxlife oil, which contains seal conditioners to slow or stop leaks.
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#2247805 - 04/30/11 03:08 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Towncivilian]
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Registered: 02/02/09
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Loc: Ohio,USA
Originally Posted By: Towncivilian
Stop leak additives are generally just oil thickeners which just mask the problem. Some have had good experiences with Valvoline Maxlife oil, which contains seal conditioners to slow or stop leaks.

+1

Do a MaxLife oil change and let it do its thing. Your Civic is the perfect example of a vehicle that would benefit from a HM oil, with 200K miles on the clock.
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#2247806 - 04/30/11 03:10 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Registered: 09/10/05
Posts: 1287
Loc: PA
ATP re-seal works ok.

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#2247812 - 04/30/11 03:25 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Registered: 07/11/10
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Maybe just repair the leak and change the gasket.
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#2247816 - 04/30/11 03:30 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Well I'm replacing the clutch, pressure plate, flywheel, throwout bearing, and input shaft bearing this summer I was just looking for a band aid that worked..


Edited by Brenden (04/30/11 03:34 PM)
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#2247833 - 04/30/11 03:58 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Registered: 09/13/03
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Try one of the high mileage oils' they have seal swell agents in them.
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#2247885 - 04/30/11 05:44 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
glum Offline


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No, they don't have "seal swell agents" in them.
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#2248329 - 05/01/11 07:58 AM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: glum]
Bluestream Offline


Registered: 09/13/03
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Loc: Waterloo, ON
Originally Posted By: glum
No, they don't have "seal swell agents" in them.


Ya, they do.

From Valvoline Max Life Synthetic blend bottle:
"Seal conditioners help reduce oil consumption and leaks"

From QS Higher milage engine oil bottle:
"Reduces oil consuption through worn or leaking seals"
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#2248335 - 05/01/11 08:05 AM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Read up on this. It is for leaks as well as oil burning, the company has a solid reputation too. It's worth looking into.

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2221694#Post2221694
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#2248419 - 05/01/11 10:38 AM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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^I agree. +1. Add a bottle of that as per the instructions with a good conventional for a trial run.
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#2248724 - 05/01/11 04:57 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
EricF Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 1569
Loc: SF Bay Area
Definetely try Re-Seal by ATP.. it's not a thickener and I have real world results from it.
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#2249254 - 05/02/11 10:48 AM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
adamrc Offline


Registered: 06/04/05
Posts: 165
Loc: Nashville, TN
The only success I've had with any stop leak product is Lubro Moly Oil Saver. I highly recommend it.

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#2249255 - 05/02/11 10:49 AM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 10511
Loc: NEO
1. Mix some random ingredients together.
2. Call it oil additive
3. ????
4. PROFIT
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#2249535 - 05/02/11 04:37 PM Re: Oil leak stopping additives?? [Re: Lead Shoes]
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Im going with the Lubro Moly Oil saver, see what it gets me, its the only one I really found with a solid reputation, ill post back after the suggest 1k miles for it to do its thing.
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