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Old 12-24-2005, 10:23 PM   #1
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ok, stock 1996 Impreza w/ 2.2 liter engine. Suddenly it began leaking oil out of the front (up in the timing belt area) When I say leaking oil I mean 1 1/2 quarts in 30 miles. Disassembled and found that one of the camshaft seals had pushed out enough to leak. Replaced both cam seals and crank seal. Also installed new timing belt. 99% right that I got the timing all lined up right when I installed the belt but now it runs like crap. It did start and idle but it is rough. Took it for a drive and it totally cuts out at wide open throttle. Did a code check and nothing came up, no engine light either. What is going on here? I really think I did the mechanics right. Could the computer be causing this?
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Old 12-25-2005, 12:26 AM   #2
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If the car ran fine, minus the leaks, before the repair, then something wasn't repaired correctly. I think your problem lies in the timing although you think you're 99% it's correct.

Did you disconnect the spark plug wires? Maybe check to make sure everything is making a good connection. Good luck.

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Old 12-25-2005, 02:16 AM   #3
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thanx, I expected as much but lets assume that the timing is good. What other culprits could be causing this. It really seems like the timing is close. It starts and idles. In my experiences, if the timing is off it usually won't start very well if at all and usually sputters and backfires,etc...

I will be getting to re-checking the timing belt but not until monday as I don't have room to get a car in the garage at the moment and daylight is limited this time of year.

Gonna try unhooking the battery completely and leaving it overnight. See if that helps.
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:59 PM   #4
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Check EVERYTHING that was touched while you were working on it.

My main guess?......the timing belt is off. A tooth one way or another can let it start, but not rev high.
I use a small mirror to check the alignment marks before thinking it is correct. From a minor angle, it looks fine, but with a mirror so you can look down the sprocket teeth and SEE if it is correct or not.
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Old 12-26-2005, 03:55 PM   #5
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thanx all...as usual, you guys were right. Disassembled today and the timing marks were no good. Re assembled and this time it purrs. I read somewhere that after letting the pin out of the tensioner that you should rock the crank back and forth to allow the tensioner to take up all the slack it can. I did not do this the first time and I think that maybe the tensioner hadn't taken out all the slack yet when I started it and it immediately jumped time.

Glad it is up and running again. Now the wife will get off my butt as this is her car.
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Old 12-26-2005, 04:51 PM   #6
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Cool.
Thanks for closing this out, as it helps the next person looking for info.
It rots that posters give info, but we don't always hear the final result which leads to further searching by later people with issues.

Again, thanks for closing and we are glad you have resolved the issue.

Now....back to reassembling my 2.5L after doing HG's.
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:39 PM   #7
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For future refrence whenever you replace a timing belt always spin the motor over a couple of times and recheck your timing marks.Your lucky it wasnt an interference engine or you would be getting a new motor because you friend mister piston would have met your other friend mister valve and the dont like each other
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