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Offline 20 BLK WRX 04

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Leaking valve cover gasket?
« on: July 01, 2017, 12:44:14 PM »
Hey gents!

So long story short, the old girl has been burning some oil lately. Not a ton, but enough to be bothersome. I've narrowed it down to leaking from the passenger side of the block, and dripping on the uppipe. Picture:



Is it pretty safe to assume that the valve cover gasket needs to be replaced? I know that it's a fairly common issue for the EJ205. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks!
Mike

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Re: Leaking valve cover gasket?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2017, 07:40:58 AM »
I've got some oil seepage on the EJ205 (100k-ish miles, running a VF39@19psi) I pulled out of my car, in the same spot.  There was a little oil on the body of that spark plug as well.  Sorry, I don't have any statistical information on this, just my own experience.

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Re: Leaking valve cover gasket?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2017, 12:21:32 PM »
It seems to be fairly common. My (former) WRX had a leaking valve cover gasket at 60k+ miles.
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Re: Leaking valve cover gasket?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2017, 05:33:08 PM »
I've wiped it clean a couple times, and it keeps originating from the same spot. Might just replace it, and see if it works. Doesn't look like it's terribly hard job, just slow
Mike

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