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Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak #5422746 05/06/20 02:44 PM
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Just noticed valve cover is seeping on my '13 Accord 2.4L . Front of motor is sticky from the residue, but not anywhere near enough that any has dropped on concrete floor. Is this a pricey job if done by a dealer?


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Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422750 05/06/20 02:48 PM
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RepairPal says about $275 for that job near me.
Granted, that's at an independent and not a dealer, so add 30%-50% for a ballpark dealer price.

Also please note that this job can be done in your driveway for the cost of the gasket (about $40 at Amazon for OEM) and about 2 hours of your time.

Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422755 05/06/20 02:57 PM
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This is a 7 year old car and one of the most common on the road. Absolutely no need to have this work done by a dealer. Any/every competent independent repair shop can easily handle this repair and for a substantial savings over the dealer's charges.

Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422778 05/06/20 03:23 PM
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I don't know about that car specifically but most 4-bangers it's really easy to change the valve cover gasket yourself.

Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422783 05/06/20 03:33 PM
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Get a valve adjustment done, the valve cover replacement labor will be nearly free.

Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: blufeb95] #5422787 05/06/20 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by blufeb95
I don't know about that car specifically but most 4-bangers it's really easy to change the valve cover gasket yourself.


Very easy on my Toyotas. Lots of videos on youtube for the Honda. Here's one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPQH68OsRLI


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Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: krismoriah72] #5422791 05/06/20 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by krismoriah72
Get a valve adjustment done, the valve cover replacement labor will be nearly free.






At your mileage it is due for a valve adjustment anyway.


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Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422821 05/06/20 04:30 PM
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Research the reliability of a non-OEM valve gasket cover versus the Honda variant. Some of the non-OEMs for my 06 Sentra Spec V are known to leak.

It doesn't seem like too difficult an undertaking. The key element is a thorough cleaning before putting in the new part/parts. If I'm not mistaken, there's typically a sealing process which suggests to me that this kind of work is best done by an experienced mechanic.

Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422829 05/06/20 04:49 PM
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Replacing the VC gasket is easy for a 4 cylinder engine.
Just get Felpro gasket set.
Usually comes with the spark plug seals also, at least it was in the set for Camry.

The question to ask is why is it leaking?
Is the PCV bad? needs cleaning or replacement.
I am not sure if Honda have PCV.

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Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422836 05/06/20 05:12 PM
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Having done a valve adjustment on a K24, it's not hard. Wouldn't hurt to check the valve lash anyway. Only thing that might not be commonly known is the service manual calls for two dabs of RTV at the front of the engine where the "points" on the valve cover meet the block. You'll probably see the old dabs from the factory. Scrape the old stuff of gently, replace the gaskets, put two fresh dabs on, and slip the cover back on. The "doughnuts" around the spark plug wells might catch on the sleeves, so take it easy. Actually, at 110K you're due for spark plugs if you haven't already done them. Good time to do it since the coil packs have to come off anyway.


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Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422850 05/06/20 05:39 PM
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It could take you as long (or probably longer once you factor in paperwork and phone tag too) to drop it off at a shop, go home, then go back to pick it up when finished, as the time it takes to just DIY At Your Convenience.

Just something to think about... Unless DIY repairs aren't practical or allowed in your location and you are avoiding friends & family located repair sites because of the unspeakable event that we shall not speak of.

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Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422858 05/06/20 05:58 PM
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I don't think he is talking about the K24; in 2013 the new Accord used the Earth Dreams engine.


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Re: Accord 2.4L Valve Cover Leak [Re: tc1446] #5422863 05/06/20 06:05 PM
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Thanks folks for good advice. I'm too senior (can't say that 3 letter word) to do the work.

It actually has 121,000 on it. I guess it is time to change the OEM plugs. It has been primarily my wife's car, gently driven, and computer shows last three fill-ups as 33 and 34 Mpg. She got 44 up and 38 back on a trip to Md last year.

It has been turned over to me since I traded my KIA on her new car (seems I always get the old one's!) and was in process of cleaning it today when I noticed the seepage from the VC.

There are two independent's nearby but I'm not familiar with their work. Will ask around to find out.

PS: Doe it use a belt or chain for timing?


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Should be a chain on the 2.4L

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I'd check to see if the valve cover bolts haven't loosen up over time. It's pretty common on Honda and Toyota 4 cylinders that are around 10 years old, they don't need much torque but they shouldn't be loose. The 2.4L uses a timing chain, all the K engines do. The Earth Dreams 2.4L is just a revised and renamed K24.

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