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Old 08-11-2005, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default Oil Leak: Need HELP

I have an oil leak.

-Car 1997 GT.
-96k miles
-Recently had head gaskets replaced.

Problem:
I have a slow oil leak.
Mechanic told me that the oil leak is originating from between the engine block and the tranny. They are telling me that they need to drop the tranny to see where it's coming from exactly. What the heck is this right? It is going to cost me about $280-$300.

Anyone have this problem?


HELP!

-Stephen
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Old 08-11-2005, 09:16 AM   #2
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probably your rear seal. from what i understand, yes they have to remove the tranny to get to it.
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Old 08-11-2005, 10:08 AM   #3
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It's your rear main seal and/or the oil separator "plate" (cover). These parts are about $35 together from the dealer. You gotta drop the tranny, which of course means pulling both front driveaxles, the driveshaft, etc. It's a decent job. The OEM oil separator plate is plastic. Subaru redesigned it and it's now aluminum. I can get you part #s if you'd like, I have the parts sitting in my garage waiting for a long weekend. Consider yourself lucky, mine's leaking enough to smoke pretty good at stoplights. Kinda embarrasing

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Old 08-11-2005, 11:49 AM   #4
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With your car being a 1997, I'd most likely say it's a Seperator plate... Just for future reference, if anyone ever has their engine out for any reason, and has a plastic seperator plate, Replace it while the engine / tranny's out! You'll save alot of time and money later on! You can order it from the dealer (Part Number 11831AA150) or you can PM me, and I'll sell you one for 13.00 plus shipping.

If you're going to be doing the work yourself, and you don't have access to a hoist, I'd recommend pulling the engine. You have to pull one or the other. You can look at the rear main while you have it out, but I doubt it's leaking... I think I've only seen one rear main seal on an EJ series engine leak and that was because the plastic plug that covers the access hole for the torque converter bolts got stuck inbetween the flywheel and the block, and poked a hole in the seal.

The seperator plate is a very common issue from 1993-1999. 1990-1992 they used the Aluminum plates and we never had a problem with them. in 1993 they went to the plastic ones, and we had all sorts of problems with them getting hot and warping, and then they'd start to leak. They finally fixed the problem (aka went back to the aluminum plate) when they went to the phase 2 engine in all of the cars in 2000.
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:51 PM   #5
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Wow thanks for teh great info guys!

So do you think that $300 for the total job is a good deal?

I might try to go to a new friends shop for this so i may need those part numbers.

Thanks

-Stephen
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:55 PM   #6
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I'd say that's a very good deal. The parts are cheap, it's the labor that runs the bill up.
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Old 08-13-2005, 09:19 PM   #7
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Yeah - It is most likely going to be the separator plate so that's an easy fix. Is this an Auto or MT. If MT, how's the clutch holding up? If it's marginal, suggest changing it out at the same time so you avoid the tear down cost again. Good time to resurface/dress the flywheel surface too since it has to come off to replace the separator plate.

$300 seems a little high for a Subaru shop with qualified techs to R&R the part. Only takes about an hour to get the tranny in an out, two tops and probably another .5 - one hour to repair the separator plate. 3 X $75 hour (usually about $50/$60 an hour for an independent subaru shop) = $225.00. If they do it faster than that, then it's money in their pocket...

Anyway good luck with it and keep us posted.

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Old 08-14-2005, 05:45 AM   #8
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Thanks again guys. I'm going to my friends shop that builds drift machines.
As soon as his new place gets the lift in, i'm going in!
I'll keep you posted.

-Stephen
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Old 08-14-2005, 11:33 PM   #9
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As above, likely the seperator.

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