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Old 02 Nov 2014, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys, I am a big subaru fan, and purchased a 06 2.5i non turbo for now due to financial situation. I am planning on buying a wrx when money and time permits.

Anywho, I have recently got a bad oil leak I believe. When I drive and stop at a red light my car will smoke from the hood on the drivers side. When I park and shut off the car, and check it out a few hours later, there will be a puddle of oil I believe it is left as a nice present on the pavement. I took some pictures of where in the engine bay I am finding all of the oil. I brought it to two different garages, and they said " we cannot find the oil leak because there is too much oil down there and we can't see where it is leaking. " . So right now, I cannot find the oil leak, I attempted to clean it up with some oil cleaner, then put some gasket maker in the area it was leaking. It worked temporarily, however the oil leak came back. I am running out of options, and would like help if possible. Maybe this is a common subaru thing if I am experiencing it? I am confident mechanically , however I am not sure if this is a sensor that is leaking, or the side of my engine.

Here are the pictures, as well it is leaking around the lower dipstick area/ oil fill area. The whole bottom where you look down through is covered in oil. I have been filling the car up with extra oil until I get this fixed. There is also a picture of one of the oil patches on the pavement. The coolant in the radiator looks clean, and is still full, and the car runs just as good as ever.
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Old 02 Nov 2014, 05:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Oil leak I believe, need help

thats leaking from behind the cambelt cover from the looks of it
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Old 02 Nov 2014, 05:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It started happening shortly after the clutch was replaced in the car. Think it could be a coincidence ? or have you seen anything similar in any other cars? If it is behind the cam cover, what would you recommend for going about fixing this? I rebuilt a few jeeps previously and wouldn't mind tackling my subaru.
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take off cambelt cover wouldnt be a bad start, but if i have to suggest this then im not sure you should be working on it,
this would give a better view of where the leak may be coming from, from the picture my guess is camshaft oil seal.
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Thanks for the input. I like to research everything before I go at it, I rebuilt my 4.0 inline 6, and rebuilt straight axles including setting up gears, not sure why I can't fix a oil leak.
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you havent really investigated it though have you ?
You have bodged sealant in a place that NO oil should even be never mind leaking,
It is a cambelt cover so 1st thing I would have done before going to 2 garages is look behind that cover,
If you werent confident enough to whip a PAS and possibly a AC belt off to look then removing the cambelt and locking it etc may have been a step too far imo.
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