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Old 12-12-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Question 02 WRX Cam/Crank Seal + Axle Issue

It seems as though the cam seal and the crank seal are leaking oil. Not that much, but still leaking and getting the timing belt all wet. Also, the front right axle needs to be replaced, all according to the mechanic.

Since I am pretty new at this, how labor intensive are these things? I have to drive about 300 miles next week to relocate for a month. I should probably get all of this done before then.

What parts would I need to fix the cam/crank seal leak and is it safe to order an "Axle Assembly - Front Right" from this website?
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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to do the crank and cam seal you will need to completely remove the timing belt and cam gear of the specific cam along with the crank pulley. You may as well do the other 3 cam seals while you are there as well.

It's going to be a few hour job at the least. Medium difficulty I'd say. Fill out your profile and for some beer and pizza someone may be willing to help you do it that is near you. What is your mileage at? It might be time to replace the belt and pulleys anyway. Do you know if it has been replaced before?

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Old 12-12-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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. What is your mileage at? It might be time to replace the belt and pulleys anyway. Do you know if it has been replaced before?

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Milage is at 126,664. I got the timing belt + water pump kit installed by a mechanic right after I bought the car (a few months ago).

What would you say about the front right axle? I've got to drive for 300 or so miles next week to relocate for a month.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:20 PM   #4
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Milage is at 126,664. I got the timing belt + water pump kit installed by a mechanic right after I bought the car (a few months ago).

What would you say about the front right axle? I've got to drive for 300 or so miles next week to relocate for a month.
It sucks your tech did not replace the deals when he did the timing belt. Are you planing on doing these repairs yourself. The cam seals are a more in depth job the axel can be done fairly easy. I would get the axel done before the trip for sure.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:57 PM   #5
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It sucks your tech did not replace the deals when he did the timing belt. Are you planing on doing these repairs yourself. The cam seals are a more in depth job the axel can be done fairly easy. I would get the axel done before the trip for sure.
Yeah for real! He didn't even recommend doing those...even though they are right there when you are doing the timing belt. I don't have the time nor experience to do these repairs myself. If it were a week later then I could have tackled at least the axle.

What should I be looking for in purchasing an axle? There is a junkyard near my house that says they have a 2002 WRX Front Axle. Mechanic said he needs to replace the Front Right Axle, haven't asked him where to get the parts since they were already closed when I went to get my vehicle.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:41 AM   #6
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Why is he recommending an axle replacement? Aftermarket axles have a high defect rate so many prefer to reboot theirs or get new/used OE axles.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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Why is he recommending an axle replacement? Aftermarket axles have a high defect rate so many prefer to reboot theirs or get new/used OE axles.
He said it was broken / leaking a lot. Recommended replacement. I am going to take car to another place today and get their opinion.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:35 AM   #8
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Sounds like the boot is blown. Reboot that axle, don't replace it with parts store garbage.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:38 AM   #9
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Sounds like the boot is blown. Reboot that axle, don't replace it with parts store garbage.
Alright. What about an OEM axle from the nearest salvage yard? Found one for $40.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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The repair process is the same for an axle just a little messier being that it will be your first time. A boot repair kit is a lot cheaper than an axle. Take the money you save from the repair and put it in your gas tank or towards your crank/cam seal.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:37 PM   #11
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The repair process is the same for an axle just a little messier being that it will be your first time. A boot repair kit is a lot cheaper than an axle. Take the money you save from the repair and put it in your gas tank or towards your crank/cam seal.
Just got back from another mechanic. He said that the front axle was fine...
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #12
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Just got back from another mechanic. He said that the front axle was fine...
Hop under the car and look for yourself. Look for broken boots. It will look like this:



If your boot is damaged/broken replace the boot with a kit. It's not too hard and there are a bunch of DYI's floating around.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:04 PM   #13
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Hop under the car and look for yourself. Look for broken boots. It will look like this:



If your boot is damaged/broken replace the boot with a kit. It's not too hard and there are a bunch of DYI's floating around.

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Awesome thanks for the image. I will take a look tonight or in the morning. What about the cam and crank seals? Where can I get replacements?
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:35 PM   #14
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Awesome thanks for the image. I will take a look tonight or in the morning. What about the cam and crank seals? Where can I get replacements?
I would also not recommend an aftermarket axle, as far as cam seals and such I would stick with oem on that too.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:25 PM   #15
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Awesome thanks for the image. I will take a look tonight or in the morning. What about the cam and crank seals? Where can I get replacements?
Straight from your local dealer.

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