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Old 03-19-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Hi guys need some help I have a burning oil smell come thru my vents at some times at idle but I dont see oil on the ground or on the motor please help
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:11 AM   #2
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You may want to check your valve cover gaskets underneath.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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I did and I dont see anything at all O-o im lost right now
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:57 PM   #4
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There are also oil lines that go to and from your turbo.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #5
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Ok ill check out today ill let you guys know thanks
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #6
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Found some oil on the back of the turbo is that bad ? Is my turbo going bad ? Or is it the head gasket ? Please help im new to the subbie world
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:35 PM   #7
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Found some oil on the back of the turbo is that bad ? Is my turbo going bad ? Or is it the head gasket ? Please help im new to the subbie world
Pull the down pipe and see if it has oil in it as well as checking the turbo shaft for shaft play
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:44 PM   #8
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If I can have oil in the down pipe and no play in the turbo what does that mean?
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:41 PM   #9
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Do you have the two piece metal coolant tank over the turbo? Check the sides of it and see if you see dried coolant.

The burning coolant on the turbo on mine did not smell like I thought burning coolant should.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:33 PM   #10
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Chances are if you have oil in the down pipe then you have shaft play in the turbo!
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #11
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Thank you but someone told that there is a oil seal or gasket where the oil filter goes and im not talking about the one for the oil filter is that true ?
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:36 PM   #12
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Im getting oil change on Friday and look at where the oil leaks from
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:25 PM   #13
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Hi guys just found out that its leaking from the back of the turbo but leaks very very little oil now can I change the seals in the turbo ? Buy it used turbo? Or new
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:34 PM   #14
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Back of turbo as in inside the exhaust or underside of the turbo? If it is leaking inside you could have it rebuilt, buy a used td04 from the classifieds, or buy a new one from subaru or an aftermarket one. If you buy anything other than a td04 you are going to need supporting mods and a tune. If it is leaking under the turbo its a different story. Replacing your oil return line, cheap but not fun.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #15
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dribble fall's on downpipe on the outside no oil on the inside the exhaust
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:49 PM   #16
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So the oil is on the outside? Is it coming from the oil feed line or return line? Could be the connection at the turbo for the feed (new crush washers), oil return line (1' of oil resistant high temperature hose, $4.80 is what I paid this morning), or the connection between the hotside and compressor cover of the turbo (i have no idea if you can reclamp or if you would want to buy something else). Figure out where it's leaking from and go from there.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:10 PM   #17
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Thanks dzxn for your help i will look into that
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:18 PM   #18
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Just found were its leaks from its leaking very little oil from the return oil line from the turbo to the block does anyone know someone in lower westchester ny who works on wrx's and for a fair price . Please let me know thanks
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:09 PM   #19
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Had this exact same issue! My oil pan where the dip stick comes in had corroded and a very small amount of oil seeped thru the metal then would drip down till air hit it and blow onto my exhaust. Only smelled it at idle due to the air not pushing the smell by me any longer, and no more oil blowing onto the exhaust. Glad you found the issue but just figured I would chime in to help others if it wasn't what was already suggested. Which was a huge help by the way for places to look, Thanx! Oil pan was 50$ on ebay with free shipping.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #20
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Just found were its leaks from its leaking very little oil from the return oil line from the turbo to the block does anyone know someone in lower westchester ny who works on wrx's and for a fair price . Please let me know thanks
Yes i know someone who can help u with and charges very fair price believe me... Hes in queens tho.. Lmk
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #21
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Common things to think about:


-valve cover gaskets

-turbo oil feed/return line

-turbo seal
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