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Old 08-15-2005, 06:04 PM   #1
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Talking 1993 Subaru Impreza burning oil at idle after oil change

Hello out there. I have a 1993 Subaru Impreza L and ever since I had my oil changed the engine smokes when it is idling. I am curioius as to what this is and how I can fix it. If you have an idea what it could be please specify the location of the problem and what I need to do. Thanks for your help!

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Old 08-15-2005, 06:15 PM   #2
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Chances are, rear main seal or rear access cover. Both would require pulling the motor or tranny to fix. Look for dark brown/black staining on your exhaust Y pipe need the crook of the Y- if you find it, that's the leaking oil from the rear of the motor.


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Old 08-15-2005, 07:49 PM   #3
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It could also be that oil was spilled when filling, or someone didn't tighten the oil filter or didn't use a crush washer on the drain plug.

Did the engine smoke at all before the oil change?
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:15 PM   #4
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even from main seal leaks are common. Just like Ursalia said, only it would be in from od motor.

Or give it a few more days, maybe some is on the exhaust or on top of the motor from a little spilling. It will burn off and go away (if that's the case!)
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