Originally Posted by AcuraVigorOwner
Well I'm glad to hear you finally got it fixed, too bad it was so costly. I would say it's worth every penny for a Vigor though!!
That really is strange how so many leaks were found and how they all seemed to happen at once. The chances of all those leaks happening at the same time seems extremely low, must have had some seriously bad luck. Thanks for keeping us posted, your Vigor should be set for another 200K or so!!
Most of the time, Vigor's leak oil, without the owner even knowing about it. After 14-16 years, the rubber O-rings get brittle and no longer hold in oil as well as it did when it was new. However, none of these O-rings or seals are tremendously difficult to replace, with the exception of the Rear Main Seal, which is between the tranny and the engine. That one requires removal of the tranny and flywheel to get to it.
In Dale's case, he needed a new clutch anyway, and would have been in there to do the job sooner than later. It's actually a good thing that the oil leak was spotted prior to his clutch failing. Most mechanics may have missed the fact that it's a 16 year old car running on the original seals, and Dale would be in there 2 months later for the Rear Main Seal, only to pay the same labor costs over again as the clutch job.
I just recently replaced both front cam and crank seals. The cam seal was leaking and the crank was replaced for one of those while-I'm-in-there practice.
One of the worse things you could do to a perfectly healthy engine is to use "stop-leak" products. That stuff will gum up everything internal in the engine and will cause problems. It's best always to find the leak, and stop it at the source. Out of the many Vigors that I've owned, worked on, seen, and know of, NONE have had oil pan leaks, but most have dizzy and oil cooler leaks.