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Old 07-01-2002, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default Anyone got Oil Pump Leak?

A friend of mine with the '97 Legacy Outback just took the car into shop and needed $1200 worth of repair on the oil pump. The mechanic told him that all subaru's oil pump WILL leak, just depends on when it'll start. Supposely this pump is located within the tranny...

I'm wondering if anyone has heard of or experienced this issue? Was there a recall or fix by SOA? I was a little uneasy when my friend told me about this.

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Old 07-01-2002, 02:34 PM   #2
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My oil pump didn't fail, but the oil pump gaskets were blown off of their correct positions during a "high boost situation" or so the dealer guessed. This was at 85k miles. But, this pump is in the front of the engine behind the timing belt, not anywhere near the tranny. My repair was about $1400.00, but they did the oil pump seals, the timing belt (I had had it done at 60k, but decided that, since they were in there, I might as well do it again soas hopefully not to do it again for another 60k) all the associated seals in the front of the engine, and both valve cover gasket seals, oh, and new water pump, thermostat, misc. interior hoses, some sort of timing belt tension adjuster that tends to go bad.

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Old 07-01-2002, 04:48 PM   #3
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Oops, my bad, yeah, just clarified with my buddy.. the oil pump is in the engine bay, not in the tranny. I met up with him for lunch today and saw on the ground that there were a few drops of oil. He just got it fixed yesterday but now he'll have to take it back to the shop and have them check it all again for the leak. Yuck.
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yep, that exactly what mine did, a few drops overnight, but it had never leaked or burnt a drop before, so i knew something was up. Out of curiosity, ask him if his mileage went WAY up while it was "broken". Really weird, but I went from barely getting 200 miles per tank to over 300 miles per tank. Dunno. I can detail the repaired items if he'd like.

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Old 07-01-2002, 08:31 PM   #5
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yep, that exactly what mine did, a few drops overnight, but it had never leaked or burnt a drop before, so i knew something was up. Out of curiosity, ask him if his mileage went WAY up while it was "broken". Really weird, but I went from barely getting 200 miles per tank to over 300 miles per tank. Dunno. I can detail the repaired items if he'd like.

Jim
It's funny you mentioned that.. his fuel gauge is broken for a while and he found out after he took deliver of the car from dealer. He said he's getting about 330miles per tank, but he can't be sure if he can get more out of the car since the gauge would be at "E" when it's half full.

He did say that oil does drip a little bit while he's on the freeway. How he can tell? Well, there's burnt oil smell and some smoke that comes out of the engine bay when he gets off the freeway. But it's not much.

I hope this is not a popular problem with the H4 engine oil pumps??

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Old 07-01-2002, 08:40 PM   #6
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the oil pump on a subie is driven off the front of the crankshaft, what was leaking on my 1.8 was the front crank seal, which is located on the front of the engine (the oil pump housing) the seal would leak during freeway driving, then when i stopped, the oil would burn off on the exhaust, i replaced the front main seal.
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the oil pump on a subie is driven off the front of the crankshaft, what was leaking on my 1.8 was the front crank seal, which is located on the front of the engine (the oil pump housing) the seal would leak during freeway driving, then when i stopped, the oil would burn off on the exhaust, i replaced the front main seal.
Ah, the 1.8 liter. I had a 1995 Impreza L Coupe. I lived at 10,000 feet, and that poor little car (110 hp = about 75 hp at those elevations) spent most of its life at redline. Sold it to a girl about 3 1/2 years ago and it is still running strong.

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