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DB7 – Leaking Cam Seal, Timing Belt Inspection, Air Filter Inspection


There is very little wrong with Leslie, my 2000 Acura Integra LS. However when I purchased I noticed the leaking cam seal right away. Anyone who has ever owned a B series Honda motor knows the plastic Honda bonded exhaust cam seal is known for leaking oil. The fix for this is a simple one.



Items required: New cam seal, Hondabond/Permatex Black

Mileage: 145,125

Torque Spec: 10mm cap bolts – 7.2ft/lbs.


Tools for the job:
Torque wrench, pliers, flat head screw drivers, 10mm socket, rubber mallet. The file is just to clean up any indentions I put in the aluminum while trying to get the valve cover off.

What we need to do:




First off we need to remove the valve cover. It is held on with 10mm crowns. There was a grounding cable, power steering fluid bracket, and spark plug wire brackets attached as well. The breather for the valve cover and the PCV valve needs to come out as well.



This valve cover was really on here. I used a large flat head at to gentle pry the cover up. It had not been taken off in some time, there was even Hondabond in the stock locations on this thing. Good stuff.



After the cover is off I needed to loosen the 10mm bolts on holding the #6 cam cap on. Once loosened I tapped the cap with the rubber mallet gently to pop the stock alignment dowels loose. This allows me to remove the cam cap, remove the old cam seal, and place the new Password JDM Aluminum unit in place.



Reapply Black Permatex, or Hondabond to your cam cap cover where the seems meet the head. Also apply a small amount on the valve cover gasket and the corners where it goes over the cams. Make sure you give that time to set.

The two inner cam cap cover bolts torque to 7.2ft/lbs. Do not over tighten these guys! The cams ride in the solid aluminum journals. If you tightening this too much it can cause binding of the cam shaft and score it and or the journals.

I didn’t find a specific spec for the two outer bolts. The ones not covered by the valve cover. I just snugged them gently as 7.2ft/lbs. seemed too much.


Check sees: While I was under there I took a look at the timing belt. It looks great. I won’t have to mess with that for a while. I also inspected the air filter. It looks incredibly clean. No worries there either.



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