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#1 2019-12-30 17:18:04

saabaru3789
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Oil leak-Driver's side

Long story short,  I have an oil leak on the driver's side, some leaking onto the exhaust manifold amd smoking. I couldn't find any posts with a similar condition.

Long story, my uncle gave me his 2006 92x 2.5i because the exhaust on the driver's side was smoking a lot, he said it wasn't losing oil and it didn't look like it was. I took it to my auto school, took the engine out and replaced the head and valve cover gaskets on both sides. When I put the engine back in I started losing oil at a fairly fast rate, about a qt in 3 days, it's only wet and smoking, from dripping onto the exhaust manifold, on the driver's side. Under the car from the engine to tailpipe is covered in oil. The cam seal didn't look to be the cause,  and oil is mainly seen on the bottom half of the engine.

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#2 2019-12-30 19:07:11

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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

You've got a massive leak, get it in the air and find the source. If it's too dirty clean it, drive it and review again.

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#3 2019-12-30 21:44:40

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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

did you derp and double up your gaskets somewhere?


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#4 2019-12-31 09:52:21

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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

is it by chance an automagic transmission?.....i had a leak that was very similar to what you are describing...i thought it was valve cover....pan gasket...plug...rear main seal...no it was none of the above....turns out it was the metal transmission cooler lines....in my case the metal bracket had rusted thru and the line was cracked...it only leaked when the car was running...i took the rubber hoses off..trimmed hte metal line past the crack and buttoned it back up..


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#5 2019-12-31 13:40:35

saabaru3789
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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

Yes, it is an automatic, and the tranny cooler lines going into the radiator are getting soft, planning on replacing them soon. Would the transmission cooler lines cause engine oil loss though?

Last edited by saabaru3789 (2019-12-31 13:47:27)

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#6 2020-01-01 18:39:42

saabaru3789
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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

Found the leak. Took it to my friend's today, he read some wrx owners only had a leak at highway speeds, so we revved it to 3k rpm, nothing too noticeable. Then he went to 3500, and I saw a stream coming from the vvt solenoid.

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#7 2020-01-01 18:54:11

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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

saabaru3789 wrote:

Found the leak. Took it to my friend's today, he read some wrx owners only had a leak at highway speeds, so we revved it to 3k rpm, nothing too noticeable. Then he went to 3500, and I saw a stream coming from the vvt solenoid.

Congrats... sort of!


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#8 2020-01-07 18:25:00

saabaru3789
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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

I replaced the o ring on the vvt solenoid, but it's still dumping oil onto the ground around 3k-4k rpm. Can't seem to see where it's coming from. It looks like it's mainly up front.

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#9 2020-01-07 20:49:14

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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

Clean it up, add some UV dye to the oil, brief drive, find leak.

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#10 2020-01-14 18:47:12

saabaru3789
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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

Finally got around to dye testing. I saw the dye around the cam seal area, I also saw some between the back timing cover and head. Not sure if it is the cam seal or another part nearby. If it was the cam seal would the timing belt have oil? (I don't see any I  mine).

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#11 2020-01-14 21:06:26

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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

Cam seals can certainly leak, if it's bad enough it can get on the belt. Covers and belt need to come off to address.

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#12 2020-01-31 19:07:58

saabaru3789
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Re: Oil leak-Driver's side

I replaced the driver side cam seal, but I'm still seeing oil behind the sprocket. I put it flush with the aluminum face, I've read to have it flush and to have it recessed 5/32", which is it? And what could cause it to still leak?

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