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Old 01-05-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default 1997 2.2l cam plug leak

I have a 1997 Impreza 2.2l. There is a "cam hole plug" on the rear of the left/driver side head. It is leaking oil. I ordered the part but can't find any info on removal and installation. Help?
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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Ouch that sucks, i replaced mine when i did my cams but i had my engine out. I had the valve covers off and took out the rocker assembly out before you can get the camshaft plugs out. You can do it in the car but with that limited work room and having to take out the battery, washer tank, radiator and timing belt, it's was just easier to take the whole engine out. just make sure you get the Subaru liquid gasket along with the new plug to make sure it doesn't leak again. I'll pm you my instructions for the cams, it will give you an idea at least. I'll check around and see if there is an easier way because it seems like a lot of work of a plug that can leak.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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Well, I have a few things going for me. I'm a mechanic and this is one of the only problems with the powertrain at 270k miles. I was hoping someone would say you can pop it out the back of the motor and install a new one with a special tool.
You never said if you took the plug out twords the inside of the motor or if it pops out the outside back of the head.
Thanks for the help.
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