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Author:  Russ [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Cam Seals, Head Gaskets, Timing Belt

I’ve been told that an oil leak our 2001 Outback has is coming from the Right Cam Seal and that both Cam Seals are replaced when the Timing Belt is changed, however there is a little bit of oil by the head gasket and the mechanic is not sure if that is coming from the head gasket or is residual from the Cam Seal. He went on to say that there does not seem to be any coolant in the oil that is leaking so the head gasket would not be covered under a recall that is pending on the car.

I want to be sure about this Right Cam Seal/Cam Seal thing to make sure I’m not being ripped off. It sounds to me as thought the Cam Seal is the Valve Cover, but I don’t know enough about newer car terminology to be sure. The car does need a new timing belt as it should be done no later than 105,000 miles and the car has over 97,000.

The guy quoted me $1600 - $1700 to do all the work which I think is a good deal. Any comments would be appreciated.

Thanks..............

Author:  porcupine73 [ Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cam Seals, Head Gaskets, Timing Belt

I know this is an old post, but sounds interesting nonetheless.

Here are the most common Subaru oil leak locations with pics:

1.3.09 FYI I expounded this article at http://scoobyenthusiast.com/subaru-engines-faq/30-where-engine-oil-leaking-my-subaru.html

Front cam seals (especially the earlier black colored seals; the newer brownish colored ones hold up better) (pics from an EJ22):
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Front crank seal (esp the mid 90's 2.2L's and some others where the screws on the rear case of the oil pump tended to loosen, letting oil out the front crank seal and sometimes even pushing the seal right out)
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Also there is an o-ring between the oil pump discharge and block
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The valve cover gaskets, and for engines where the spark plug tubes penetrate the valve cover, the spark plug hole seals.
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EJ22's also have an o-ring at the LH rear and RH front of the cam's:
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Also rear main seal, especially if the vehicle had a plastic rear main seal retainer/oil separator (an OEM upgrade to a metal retainer is available).

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