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Old 08-15-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Am I in over my head ? 04 Wrx main seal

Okay well I brought a really really cheap running and driving 04 wrx wagon cause well it was a good deal haha also I love these little wagons well come to find out it has a very very bad oil leak from what seems to be rear main . I had plans on doing the work my self but want to make sure I'm not over my head. I need to fix this and get it on the road asap or sell and get into something else since this is going to be my DD for the time being . It's at 103 grand so I know that the timing belt and water pump should be done also and it seems to have a small amount of oil coming from value covers also thanks in advance hopefully this is something that I would be able to do solo !!
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Old 08-15-2019, 03:26 PM   #2
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I bet money its on the rear oil sep plate leaking, and not the rear main.

but it depends on your level of mechanical skill. being that is a WRX, its easy to pull the trans and swap the seal if its leaking. or you can pull the engine and do everything at once like:

clutch
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Valve covers
Timing belt/WP/etc

Pulling the engine is easy, and I prefer it to pulling the trans UNLESS i have a lift.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:07 PM   #3
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I bet money its on the rear oil sep plate leaking, and not the rear main.

but it depends on your level of mechanical skill. being that is a WRX, its easy to pull the trans and swap the seal if its leaking. or you can pull the engine and do everything at once like:

clutch
RMS
Valve covers
Timing belt/WP/etc

Pulling the engine is easy, and I prefer it to pulling the trans UNLESS i have a lift.
To be honest with you I didn't even look into that till you brought it up just now haha thanks . Yeah no lift here I have a feeling I'll just wing it and try it I just want to make sure I'm not in over my head done my fair share of work but never pulled a motor/trans. Also for the money I'm into it I guess doing all that work wouldn't be to bad
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:11 PM   #4
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To be honest with you I didn't even look into that till you brought it up just now haha thanks . Yeah no lift here I have a feeling I'll just wing it and try it I just want to make sure I'm not in over my head done my fair share of work but never pulled a motor/trans. Also for the money I'm into it I guess doing all that work wouldn't be to bad
its really not that bad.

You can watch tons of youtube videos on taking out the engine, and there are numerous how-tos

I can have an engine out in about 3 hours by myself. and I like to take the intake manifold off.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:48 PM   #5
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its really not that bad.

You can watch tons of youtube videos on taking out the engine, and there are numerous how-tos

I can have an engine out in about 3 hours by myself. and I like to take the intake manifold off.
I did watch a few after I posted this just to see one guy on YouTube was helpful but also said he took his out a few times already so I'm sure he had the whole process down by then . Sounds alot more hopeful then I had thought it would be and also seems like if I wanna take my sweet time with it a weekend would be more then enough. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:53 PM   #6
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I did watch a few after I posted this just to see one guy on YouTube was helpful but also said he took his out a few times already so I'm sure he had the whole process down by then . Sounds alot more hopeful then I had thought it would be and also seems like if I wanna take my sweet time with it a weekend would be more then enough. Thanks for the advice!
no problem

I recommend getting some sandwhich bags and a sharpie and label all the bolts you take off. will make it a ton easier to keep organized.
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:12 AM   #7
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no problem

I recommend getting some sandwhich bags and a sharpie and label all the bolts you take off. will make it a ton easier to keep organized.
yeah agree that is one trick I do know from working on dirt bikes and cars before deff helps alot with process. Looks like it will be coming out next weekend hopefully it goes smooth
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If the rear main seal ISN'T leaking, don't mess with it. They can be a real pain to install properly.
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To be honest with you I didn't even look into that till you brought it up just now haha thanks . Yeah no lift here I have a feeling I'll just wing it and try it I just want to make sure I'm not in over my head done my fair share of work but never pulled a motor/trans. Also for the money I'm into it I guess doing all that work wouldn't be to bad

If you have never done it before, you may be over your head. It's a ton of work even for an experienced mechanic and DIY'er. Hence alot pf people screw up their cars instead of fixing it.
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