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Old 10-18-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default Fluid Leak *please help*

Guys I have an 2012 wrx and did my oil change today DIY
While doing the oil change I notice a fluid leaking..

I can't seem to figure where this is.. Please help. Im really nervous

Car only has 4300k miles on it

Saw this on the driver side area



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Old 10-18-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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valve cover gasket leak?

*powertrain warranty*
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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valve cover gasket leak?

*powertrain warranty*
Wow how is this possible?
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:33 PM   #4
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Looks like fresh oil to me. How big was the puddle underneath the car?
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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Looks like fresh oil to me. How big was the puddle underneath the car?
This was the leak when I changed it.
There was no puddle. Just that on the hose
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:16 PM   #6
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Wipe it off. Run it until its warm. Let it set for a moment. See if it comes back.

You could also pull off your intercooler and check from above.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:18 PM   #7
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Wipe it off. Run it until its warm. Let it set for a moment. See if it comes back.

You could also pull off your intercooler and check from above.
I'll do this. THANKS!
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:29 PM   #8
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Dude, you have a BRAND NEW CAR with a SHINY NEW WARRANTY. Why not use it? Instead of taking all this time to find it, you can get it done for free.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #9
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Looks like maybe you spilled some down the filler neck when refilling? It looks fresh.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #10
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at the dealership.. for some reason they said the hose on the intercooler was loose and needed to get changed.. they are replacing it now.. not sure how it became loose... hmmmm..

anyway thanks for all your help!
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:42 AM   #11
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at the dealership.. for some reason they said the hose on the intercooler was loose and needed to get changed.. they are replacing it now.. not sure how it became loose... hmmmm..

anyway thanks for all your help!
Throttle Body to Intercooler hose. Common issue that fails on the 08+ cars but usually at higher than stock boost levels. Basically the hose design is crap and it fails. I suspect a small amount of oil gets in the hose overtime and starts to break down the glue that holds the "endcaps" onto the hoses. Then the glue fails, creates a boost leak, etc etc etc....
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #12
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Throttle Body to Intercooler hose. Common issue that fails on the 08+ cars but usually at higher than stock boost levels. Basically the hose design is crap and it fails. I suspect a small amount of oil gets in the hose overtime and starts to break down the glue that holds the "endcaps" onto the hoses. Then the glue fails, creates a boost leak, etc etc etc....
damn... issue since 08+?? im all stock ... i guess i need to check this every month now..
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #13
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Issue since '05+ on the LGT. Have them pull off the stupid rubber ends on the hose. Or do it yourself.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:44 PM   #14
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Issue since '05+ on the LGT. Have them pull off the stupid rubber ends on the hose. Or do it yourself.
You have a DIY for this ?
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:59 AM   #15
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damn... issue since 08+?? im all stock ... i guess i need to check this every month now..

I heard rumors that Subaru changed the design in this hose for the 2012 model year because they were tired of replacing it under warranty. But I have never seen one of of a 2012. Mine didn't pop until I was at stage 2 boost levels.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:47 AM   #16
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Bring it into the dealer.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:50 AM   #17
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Looks like brake fluid to me.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:24 PM   #18
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Remove the intercooler, remove the hose, remove the rubber condoms on both tips.

I'd take a sharpie or something and mark which side of the hose is up and which end goes to the intercooler. The hose its shaped like a pancreas and I spent a good 20 mins figuring out the orientation when reassembling.
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