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Old 07-27-2009, 05:44 PM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi Best way to fix oil leak

I had a diagnostic with my 2004 Subaru STi at IAG Performance and they told me there was an:

"Oil leak under timing cover...either cam seal or oil pump seal."

IAG is over an hour away, and I am wondering if I can trust our local dealership www.sharrett.subaru.com in Hagerstown to find and fix the problem for me.

Would it be cheaper or safer to take it to IAG or DNS Tuning to get this fixed? Is there anything I can do to maybe find / fix it myself?
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:13 PM   #2
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How bad is the oil leak? How many miles do you have? Maybe time for a timing belt change while you're in there?

IMHO I believe most dealers are more than capable of replacing a seal, but it's not about that. It's about who you trust, and who you believe will fully cover a mess up should one occur.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:26 PM   #3
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Yes, definitely do the timing belt change. Try searching in the Mid Atlantic forum for dealership recommendations.

I'll get you started with this one. That's it! The first one is free and you have to pay for any others.

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Old 07-27-2009, 11:52 PM   #4
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How bad is the oil leak? How many miles do you have? Maybe time for a timing belt change while you're in there?

IMHO I believe most dealers are more than capable of replacing a seal, but it's not about that. It's about who you trust, and who you believe will fully cover a mess up should one occur.
65k miles, i don't know where the oil leak is because nothing drips under the car or runs down anywhere. it's just what they told me at iag and with normal driving the oil level stays pretty much the same.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:51 AM   #5
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Frankly I wouldn't worry about it right now. When it gets closer to timing belt change time, do it then.
To do the cam or crank seals, you have to pull the timing belt which is not hard but time consuming.
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:23 PM   #6
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+1. If you can't see a noticeable loss in oil level nor any leakage on the ground then it's not that bad. Change out the seal, if necessary, when the timing belt is due.
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+1 for depending on severity of leakage. Personally I wouldn't be able to drive another 30k miles knowing that my car is leaking, but every ones situation differs...
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When is timing belt change time?
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