Q: 2003 Acura MDX. The dealership says the oil pump seal is leaking, only 3/4 qt. of oil in the engine w/no leaks under the car...

asked by on

My vehicle was making a ticking noise when it was cold upon start-up. I have not had any leaks on the driveway or garage floor. The dealership stated there was only 3/4 qt. of oil in the engine when they did the oil change. The oil light had not come on. They have stated the oil seal is leaking & needs to be replaced. How do I know for sure this is the issue?

My car has 230000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Stan. Thanks for submitting the question. If an oil seal is damaged, the engine will lose a lot of oil over an extended period of time, but will not always leak on the ground. The ticking noise is commonly caused by low oil levels and comes from cylinder head hardware that is not properly lubricated. This issue will also not always trigger an oil pressure warning light. If you want to crawl underneath the engine and inspect the vehicle, you should see a significant amount of clumped oil and dirt located near the source of the leak. If it’s an oil seal, it’s likely the crankshaft seal, so the oil will be on the center front of the motor. You might want to get a second opinion by having a professional mechanic come to your location and complete an oil leak inspection.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. 2003 Acura MDX. The dealership says the oil pump seal is leaking, only 3/4 qt. of oil in the engine w/no leaks under the car...

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car won't start and the check engine light and check oil lights are on

The clicking sound can occur when there is not enough battery power getting to the starter to crank the engine. If the cables were corroded, then the battery may be sulfated and need to be replaced. A simple battery check...

Q: Q: Crank No Start

First I would like to apologize for the delay to your answer. I apparently did not click send when I first answered it. The oil leaking from your distributor is not likely to cause a no start condition. Your...

Q: idler pulley

I think you mean the a/c compressor is seized and not the condenser. You will need to get an a/c compressor bypass kit and the compressor can then be removed and a pulley in its place. The problem is these...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...