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Old 05-03-2004, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default Valve cover seals on a 98 RS

Before I bought my RS, I had it inspected, and the dealer told me there was a leak in the right valve cover. I've heard that I should just wait until I'm replacing the timing belt to worry about this? Is that correct? Will I damage my engine by waiting to fix this?
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Old 05-03-2004, 12:26 PM   #2
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Impreza GC8 not critical

Unless you get oil puddles on your driveway, don't bother. Keep your eye on oil level, though. If you notice that you have to add oil often (more than once between changes is often) -- replace the gasket. Otherwise, a small valve cover leak will not hurt anything.

I don't think having this done at timing belt change will make it any cheaper. The valve covers don't have to come off for that. Unless you also have the valve clearances checked, which SHOULD be done together with a timing belt change on these engines. Every 105k miles.
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Old 05-03-2004, 01:50 PM   #3
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Unless they meant the cam seal was leaking. Then yes, do it while doing the timing belt.

As vvk said, if the leak is small (and it is for sure the cover seal) I would not really worry about it.

Maybe try to retorque the cover bolts.
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Old 05-03-2004, 04:42 PM   #4
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Would it cause a slightly rattle-y sound? I thought that was an axle boot, just had it replaced at dealer. But even now, I can hear a faint clatchetal-clatchetal....
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:26 AM   #5
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Would it cause a slightly rattle-y sound? I thought that was an axle boot, just had it replaced at dealer. But even now, I can hear a faint clatchetal-clatchetal....
The fact that you are talking about having your CV boot replaced raises some questions. Did you actually have a damaged CV boot? Did the mechanic confirm that there was or there wasn't damage to the joint? Which joint was it -- outer or inner? Was the whole axle replaced (most likely) or just the damaged boot?

Subarus do have clickety valve sound, which is considered normal if it goes away after the car warms up.
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:01 PM   #6
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The axle boot, inner seals and cup seal were replaced. The sounds seems to have pretty much gone away, but every now and then it comes back. The noise is particularly pronounced just before I shift.
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