Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Friday December 26, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Service & Maintenance

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-06-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
Sharky NRK
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 29549
Join Date: Nov 2002
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Hutto, TX
Vehicle:
2003 WRX
WRB

Default mystery oil leak - hurray :(

ok so long story as short as possible

doing control arm installation and I removed the splash guard and u-brace. while under the car I noticed a little more oil staining than usual. I began to search around to see if I could notice a leak or a tell tale sign or oil leaking. what I found was on the driver side, there was oil residue (enough that wiping it with your hand you can tell its oil) on the bottom back side of the timing cover.

I also own a 95 legacy wagon that I have completely resealed the front of the motor do to a leaking cam seal so my first though was OH CRAP NOT AGAIN. On a EJ205 the process it a much bigger pita than a EJ22. Then I started thinking: unlike the legacy I have never seen an oil stain under the car or seen it effect oil consumption. Then I started thinking and looking around and the oil fill tube is directly about the driver side cams.

The rubber seal on the back side of the timing cover for both in the intake and exhaust cams are saturated with oil, so if you press or squeeze on them you will get oil on your finger, passenger side is bone dry. Has anyone else had oil spillage during changes seep down the back of the timing covers. Is this even plausible? I really don't want to have to tear that apart if its not the seals - as it will be a $$ intensive process (timing belt, water pump, oil pump, ect ect)

Car is 65,000 miles, get driven 4-6k a year or less and I didn't really want to do the timing belt and anchillary devices until 75k when I planned on some more "fun" maintenance
Sharky NRK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2009, 10:23 AM   #2
Sharky NRK
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 29549
Join Date: Nov 2002
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Hutto, TX
Vehicle:
2003 WRX
WRB

Default

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...n+timing+cover

after doing some searching it looks exactly like this post
Sharky NRK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2009, 03:17 PM   #3
leecea
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 37359
Join Date: May 2003
Vehicle:
2003 WRX

Default

Well, I'm interested in this because I have the same thing and have yet to do any real investigation of the cause.

I noticed it at around 55K miles and I'm at about 62K now. My car has never used oil and still doesn't seem to be using any measurable amount.

I am careful during oil fills and always use a funnel.
leecea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2009, 04:15 PM   #4
Sharky NRK
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 29549
Join Date: Nov 2002
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Hutto, TX
Vehicle:
2003 WRX
WRB

Default

^^ i know i have not been all that careful at times and I know for a fact I have spilled some but if you always use a funnel and dont spill and it looks the same then it is unlikely its from external sources.
Sharky NRK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2009, 09:54 AM   #5
Sharky NRK
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 29549
Join Date: Nov 2002
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Hutto, TX
Vehicle:
2003 WRX
WRB

Default

cross posting in factory 2.0 turbo to see if anyone else has insight
Sharky NRK is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP!! Header install, now mysterious oil leak from turbo area!! All4bSpinnin Factory 2.5L Turbo Powertrain (EJ Series Factory 2.5L Turbo) 21 10-25-2007 04:22 PM
EJ22 Mysterious Oil Leak whitet777 Service & Maintenance 76 05-29-2007 11:54 PM
mystery oil leak timberwolfmedia Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain (EJ Series Factory 2.0L Turbo) 10 03-11-2007 09:00 AM
Mysterious Oil Leak, please help. C J Factory 2.5L Turbo Powertrain (EJ Series Factory 2.5L Turbo) 11 12-14-2006 04:35 PM
mysterious oil leak - need help WRXIN Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain (EJ Series Factory 2.0L Turbo) 7 01-03-2003 01:08 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.