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Old 07-12-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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Question Cam seal - Oil leak - tips?

Helllo all,

I have an oil leak issue that showed up last night on my 02 wrx and have narrowed it down to the drivers side timing cover. It does not appear to be comming from the center or passenger side of the timing cover. So... it looks like I have another job on my hands. I am curious if any members here have had the wonderfull experience of replacing the cam seals and crank seals themselves. If so any tips on the removal/installation of the sprockets and seals would be greatly appreciated. I also have a couple particular questions...

Is it necessary to pull the valve cover to remove the cam seals or can I carefully remove them with a tool/awl/somthing else?

Will I need to use a bonding agent on the installation of the cam seals? crank seal?

Is there any tips/tools out there for keeping the cams in place so the when I re-install the sprockets and belt I do not screw my timing up?

Is there anyone in the brevard area that has done this and may want to join me for a beer...lol it would be nice to have an experienced hand nearby incase I have a question or two.

Thanks in advance,

-Noah
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Old 07-12-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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You can try PMing Pacobeagle1. He's our local Suby mechanic down here in south florida. You can take it too his shop to in North Palm Beach. Japtrix.com
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:46 PM   #3
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Thanks dropmech! I have noticed some of his posts here in the regional forum and he sounds very knowledgable. I will give him a pm if I don't get much feedback here first. I would really like to do this job at my house since I would have to ride my bike back from westpalm if we did not finish the job down there in a day or two. That was the case with my clutch a couple weeks ago... I got a bad part from the subaru dealer and had to ride my bike to work untill Igot a new one and put it back together. My legs sure felt that.
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Old 07-12-2006, 03:25 PM   #4
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If you're noticing oil coming from the bottom of the timing belt cover, then my guess is that the cam and/or crank seals are just worn and need replacing. You'll need a new timing belt, too, if oil has gotten all over that.

This happened with my car in February... and I drove like that 'til early April. But I can't really help you out, as I took it somewhere when this happened.

But as for my contribution... call Jose at Japtrix.
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:45 AM   #5
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bl_easy - Yeah, I am planning on replacing all the seals and the belt while I am there.

Bump^ for ANY firsthand experience... i do not want to tear this thing down this weekend if I do not have a good idea of any potential issues I may run into.
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:51 AM   #6
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How many miles on the car? The water pump might be worthwhile to replace while you're in there, and the oil pump O ring.

It really depends on the mileage, though.
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:39 AM   #7
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It is appox 95k... I think I will go ahead and do it if it is easier at that time. I also have a new set of Cusco motor mounts and a Blitz intercooler I plan on installing at the same time, so it will be pretty well disasembled at that time.
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