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Old 03-28-2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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My 99 Legacy GT has been dripping a little oil from the front after an oil change I make sure the filter and drain plugs are tight but doesn't seems to leak from there I think maybe I put too much oil but now I drained it to get it to full level and it's still leaking could this be a seal leak or something if so can someone tell me what I would need get this fix. This has been a big annoyance (is that a word?) anyways please help.

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Old 03-28-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
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Theres a few possibilities, crank shaft seal, one of the cam shaft seals, or a valve cover bolt is loose. Sounds like you need to snoop around that timing belt cover and see whats going on.

Also, how much did you overfill?
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:07 PM   #3
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I agree. Could be cam or crank seals, or the o-ring on the oil pump.

How many miles are on the car? Has the timing belt been serviced? If so, how long ago and were those seals replaced at the same time?

If you're really having trouble locating the leak, you can get some UV dye in a kit from your local auto parts store. It comes in a kit with a UV bulb. Add dye to oil, drive around, then use light to find source of leak. I believe they're like $20 or so. Could be useful if you're not that familiar with your car.
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:38 PM   #4
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Check your timing belt cover. If the rubber gaskets along the bottom are bloated and wet, one of your front engine seals is gone (crank, cam, or o-ring)
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:16 PM   #5
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I think that I overfill it about half a .5 quarts or so due to a help from an idiot. But on the bottom of the car where the timing belts cover is there's oil but it seems like there oil on these 2 plugs thing that looks like the smaller engine coolant drain plugs. In about a couple of weeks I'll probably start this " Project" because I'm not paying 400 bucks to get this fix if I think I can probably fix it my self well with help that is

Well the car has 110000 I think the timing belt was done around 90k but hey I'm going for it. Can you guys give me hints and you know the little nick nacks to watch out for. Thanks.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:52 PM   #6
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Just get a Haynes manual and follow the directions on indexing your cams when you set the engine to remove the belt and re-install it. I use a clamp to hold the drivers side cam gears in place while Im putting the belt back on.

It doesnt take a lot of time. I pull the fans, cover the radiator with a piece of plywood. I break the crank pulley bolt with the tranny in 5th gear(if you have an auto use the service port on the tranny to trap the flywheel.) Remove the accessory belts and timing belt covers and youre in. Im betting the culprit is the crank shaft seal.

Also check the PCV valve too. A blocked PCV valve can cause or exacerbate oil leaks.

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Old 03-28-2008, 07:12 PM   #7
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Just get a Haynes manual and follow the directions on indexing your cams when you set the engine to remove the belt and re-install it. I use a clamp to hold the drivers side cam gears in place while Im putting the belt back on.
Yeah, if you want a FSM that would be very helpful. I have electonic copies, as do lots of others on the board, or you can download them from Subaru. I think it's $19.95 for 24 hours of download access. Let me know if you want them and I can arrange to make it available.

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Also check the PCV valve too. A blocked PCV valve can cause or exacerbate oil leaks.
Great word usage! Proof that we grease monkeys can have a decent vocabulary, even on the Internet.
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:20 AM   #8
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Sorry guys that I didn't respond soon but hey I am so thankful for NASIOC for when this type of stuff happens and people would help me with the information that I need I'm getting all the parts and tools this weekend.
I want to get the timing belt and water pump too but hey if this "mission" a success which I am confident we will I'll do that in the future.

+1 for you guys Thanks
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