oil leak


Old 03-19-04, 06:23 PM
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Unhappy oil leak

My 91 Subaru Legacy L wagon has a 2.2 in it. I have been smelling, at a red light or after getting out of it, a burning oil smell. Like the oil is leaking onto the exhaust manifolds. I never see any on the ground. 1 place told me they see no place that the oil is leaking. The other day I had it in for an alternator problem. They checked the smell situation & said the oil is leaking from the head gaskets?!?! onto the exhaust manifolds? Is this possible? I thought that if the head gasket is leaking, would'nt the oil & water be getting together either in the radiator or the crankcase? The car has 125,000 miles on it. Please tell me what you think.
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Old 03-19-04, 10:57 PM
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yes it is possible for just the oil to leak from the head gasket
i think you should get under the car and degrease the suspect
area and recheck in a couple of days because in most cases
the leak is from the rocker gaskets
there are two heads in a subaru lh and rh side using a light
you could easily diagnose the leak you might have to remove the plastic covers to get a better view
good luck
Old 03-20-04, 04:58 AM
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Subarus have a tendency to develope front crankshaft seal leaks and may only leak at higher rpms.There also are cam seals under the timing cover that could leak but not as common.If its the valve cover gaskets they are fairly easy to do.

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