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Old 07-31-2006, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default oil leak in 97 1.8L

ok guys oil is leaking under my engine and i can't figure out where its coming from i don't have money to go to a mecanic what can i do?
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Old 07-31-2006, 05:37 PM   #2
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ok guys oil is leaking under my engine and i can't figure out where its coming from i don't have money to go to a mecanic what can i do?
Look underneath the timing belt cover. I would bet that it's your front main seal which is located under the t-belt cover. It also could be a cam seal that is leaking.
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Old 07-31-2006, 06:20 PM   #3
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Gotta get more specific than "under the engine". It could be the itmes mentioned above. Could also be the rear main. Or it could be as simple as the valve cover gaskets. Regardless, on an Ej18, those things are bulletproof and if you just monitor your oil level and top up as needed it will run forever, leaks or not...
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Old 07-31-2006, 06:40 PM   #4
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Can you post a picture?

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Old 08-01-2006, 01:27 PM   #5
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It's not worth the money to fix, just keep enough oil in it and drive the car into the ground. All old Imprezas leak oil, so it's pretty much normal.
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Old 08-01-2006, 07:05 PM   #6
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If he can do the work, it's definitely worth the cost of a crank seal. IIRC, it's $8.

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Old 08-03-2006, 11:11 AM   #7
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It's not worth the money to fix, just keep enough oil in it and drive the car into the ground. All old Imprezas leak oil, so it's pretty much normal.
Well, if he is going to replace the timing belt or water pump any time soon why not front main seal/cam seals???
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:31 AM   #8
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Start by cleaning your engine top and bottom with a degreaser, brush and hose/low pressure washer. Clean the back of the motor and the transmission/axles too. Do it at a u-wash place to avoid making a mess of your property.
Drive it for a while and then look for the leak.
It is likely one or more of:
cam seals
front crank
oil pan drain especially if no/used crush washer used
Rear crank
rear separater plate
oil pump
axle seals
tranny tail seal
oil pan gasket
cracked oil pan
tranny plug
shifter linkage seal
oil pan drain especially if no crush washer used
cam cover bolt seals
cam cover gasket

they all can leak. (Ask me how I know.) Oil under under the timing cover could ruin your belt soon. Oil at the back can wreck your clutch. Oil elsewhere will find its way to the exhaust and burn and stink.

Also, after you are done cleaning. Park on a piece of clean paper or cardboard and look for the leak. The colour/smell of fluid can narrow it down too.
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