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Old 09-22-2003, 01:05 PM
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Repair dilemma on an Acura Legend

My dialy driver a 93 Acura Legend, 3.2L V-6 w/ 135,000 miles that I have owned for over 8 years and has developed a smoking habit.

Now before you guy's go off and tell me rice burners aren't worth a ****, I want you to know this car has been the best car I have EVER owned and I want to keep it going.

I have done some preliminary investigation into the oil burning problem and have reduced it to one or more failing valve seals. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on a back yard mechanic doing some engine work on this type of vehicle? Are valve seals something that can be replaced on this type of engine w/o pulling the heads?

OK I'm ready for some of your humor, but I'm really interested in some good advice too.
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Old 09-22-2003, 01:55 PM
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this is a no brainer. "NEW" 40K engine from japan: $450. all day long! if you have to have someone put it in you can find someone to do it for $400. peice of cake!
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You'll have to pull the valve cover and check out the clearance around the springs, there is a spring compressor tool for overhead valves but some don't have enough clearance away from the cam! I'm not sure if the valves are cam driven or rockers?
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From your comments Wrencher, I think you are saying the valve seals may be replaceable without removing the heads and overhead cams. Investing in a few tools is not a problem if that repair method is possible. I spoke to an Acura dealer about having them do the job and he quoted me a figure of $2,400. I priced out the replacement parts and the valve seals would cost $24 and the gasket package would cost another $35. Almost 2/3 of the cost is labor and the balance is to refresh the heads and valves. I should have been a mechanic and made the big bucks. If the repair can be accomplished without removing the heads, even if I had to remove the cams would be something I think I could handle.
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Big what?

He's not getting the big bucks, that would be the dealer! 2400 sounds a little steep, but they probably are removing the head and having it reworked, still steep, But if you can remove the valve cover and take a peek at the springs, you will need to get to at least 1/2 of the diameter to get the spring compressor on, and you will need to apply air pressure into the spark plug hole to hold the valves up while the spring is removed, the tool looks like a glorified battery cable puller, 2 jaws and a screw in the middle. Happy Hunting
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