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Old 05-08-2019, 08:05 PM   #1
hotblonde84
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Question Cam Carrier leaking?!?!

Hey fellas,

Have my subie in the shop for valve spring recall (#18V772000). They had to take the engine out to fix the issue. Luckily I got a loaner while they are ripping my baby apart.

They called me today and told me that they need to replace both my OSVs on the diver side due to heavy seas and that my cam carrier on the driver side has a heavy leak. They said the link isn't that bad (although the write-up states heavy) but that eventually those would need to be replaced and since my engine is out, much cheaper and quicker to do it as part of the recall then at a later time when they'd have to pull the engine back out.

QUESTION: Am I being taken advantage of? I don't know squat about cars and I'm getting a feeling they are using logic/reasoning to get me to spend $1k on something that doesn't really need to be replaced.

Thoughts?

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Old 05-09-2019, 10:48 AM   #2
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:27 AM   #3
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I had a similar happening to this in my '12 Impreza MT. I had a pretty bad seap on the front cam carrier seal and both sides.

I unfortunately did not have the right VIN for the valve spring recall, otherwise I would have actually done it then. They were going to replace and reseal those areas where the seap was (and hopefully not find more to replace). The labor charges would be included in the recall because they have to take engine out anyway.

I found out I didn't have recall after car was already in shop for that repair. I was nonetheless.

I guess the option is up to you. They quoted me about $2200 in labor for engine reseal other wise. That would be on top of already getting a new clutch assembly which I did do. If you think the leak is bad enough and you plan on keeping the car for some time, I would have them go ahead and do the extra work. Just don't let them charge you for something that is normally covered under recall repair.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:44 AM   #4
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All of those FB motors leak. There's a huge TSB about it. They can leak from a threaded boss on the left valve cover, the upper oil pan, cam caps, cam carriers, timing cover, etc.

They're going to want to get your car out of the shop, so if you wait too long they're just going to throw it back together and send it, then you'll get to pay full pop.

Get a look at the leaks, if you don't trust the shop. I'm not sure why they want to replace the OSVs though, unless they broke the connectors while pulling the motor out.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:35 AM   #5
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The valves youíre referring to, are they the circles on the front of the timing cover? (Different places call them different things, thatís why I asked) There is a TSB for those valves leaking oil into the connector.

Iíll second what cosmo said, FB engines leak. Especially the early ones- I guess the factory fujibond has a service life of 7-8 years.

Now is a very good time to fix those leaks. They shouldnít be charging to pull the engine since the recall pays for that, only for pulling the timing cover off and cam carriers. Iíd think 5-6 hours additional labor, tops.

Iíve seen leaks at the cam caps, and that often gets overlooked. Make sure they reseal those too.
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