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1999 Legacy leaking oil

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#1 ta2srool



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:00 AM

It appears that the oil is leaking from between the engine and the timing belt cover.  Any suggestions?


#2 Bushwick


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:30 AM

I'd remove the timing cover, get a couple cans of "Oven Cleaner" with lye in it. Get the generic version of "Easy Off". Giant Eagle sells it for a $1.79 a can and it has a yellow cap. Spray on, let it sit about 5 minutes, then rinse with garden hose water. Stuff will clean oil off cast iron, aluminum, etc. 10 times better than degreaser. If it's really caked on, repeat spraying and rinsing, and maybe use a brass bristle small brush. Don't use on polished aluminum unless you want to polish it again and try to keep the spray on the metal and rinse any resisdual off surrounding areas.


Anyways, after it's clean, start the engine and look for seepage. Water pump is timing belt driven which is nice. Once you've narrowed down WHAT is leaking, come back and post if you still need assistance.

#3 MilesFox


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 12:54 PM

Most likely a leaking cam seal. Also, look under the alternator for the oil pressure sensor, as it can leak and run down the front of the engine behind the belt covers. if this is the case, you will see oil under the alternator.

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