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Timing Cover Leak on 2.5L NA?
« on: November 17, 2018, 08:54:15 PM »
Hey Guys.  Early Happy Thanksgiving!

I took my car in for an alignment at the dealer today (had a 4 alignments for $190 coupon, couldnt pass it up) and of course they found a bunch of stuff that they say it needs.

One is a busted endlink, which seems about right since things have been clunking.  They also say I need a midpipe and muffler, but I figure those can get replaced once it starts getting loud.

The one that Im worried about was that they said I needed to reseal my timing cover.  When I said I could look into it when I did the belt, the service writer did a double take, since she was thinking I was one year newer and had the chain.  Anyway, when she went to "ask the tech", she said that they found a "fresh" oil leak, and it probably meant I have a crank or cam seal going.  When I got home, I took a shop rag and wiped down all around from the top, but couldnt pick up any oil at all, just general grime.

Are the seals known to go on the EJ25?  Im at 91k if it matters, and due for my T-belt, but probably wont be until this summer when I can get to it.  Or is the dealer trying to drum up some work?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Timing Cover Leak on 2.5L NA?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 09:30:33 PM »
What year subie ?  Usually the seals are pretty good, but my old outback had issue with the oil pump having bolts work loose and need a reseal as well.  Other than that it never had engine leaks. My current legacy can't say that.  My only concern would be oiling up the timing belt, but you might be ok if you can keep an eye on it.
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Re: Timing Cover Leak on 2.5L NA?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2018, 08:28:43 AM »
What year subie ?  Usually the seals are pretty good, but my old outback had issue with the oil pump having bolts work loose and need a reseal as well.  Other than that it never had engine leaks. My current legacy can't say that.  My only concern would be oiling up the timing belt, but you might be ok if you can keep an eye on it.

It's a 2011.  I figure they were hunting for some work.  But it's odd they didn't mention my weeping head gaskets....

But I also just didn't know if it meant I should be making an appointment with Fred for some repairs or not....
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