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Old 11-08-2001, 02:13 PM   #1
fourwheeldrift
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Question 1997 OBS Oil Leak

My 1997 OBS is leaking oil from around the timing cover. Is this somethng that needs attention immediately? Also there is a ticking sound coming from the same area most noticeable as revs drop when lifting off gas. Water pump? The car has 94k miles on it. As long as i'm not overheating and keep oil in the vehicle can I postpone the timing belt fix ( i assume when the timing belt is replaced the oil leak will stop with a new gasket.) If the belt breaks and i am stranded no problem, just don't want to damage the engine. Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Ben
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Old 11-08-2001, 03:46 PM   #2
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if the belt breaks... BIG PROBLEM
trust me.. u dont want that.

get it fixed now or cry later.

likely it's the seal on the timing cover -
take it in.. get it fixed....

best advice i have for ya

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Old 11-08-2001, 05:04 PM   #3
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Default problem?

I thought the 2.2 was a "non-interference" engine. Are you saying that if the timing belt breaks i will crush my valves etc...?
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Old 11-08-2001, 06:58 PM   #4
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In '97 Subaru increased compression and the motor became an Interferance Motor. One reason for this change was the very broken Cam Belts on the EJ motors.

A common source for an oil leak behind the Front Cover is the Front Crank Seal. You should have the problem taken care of before the oil soaks the Cam Belt.

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