1998 Subaru Impreza Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Subaru Impreza Outback

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Front engine oil leaks can develop from the camshaft seal and the crankshaft front seal. If one or more seals require replacement, it may be wise to consider replacing the timing belt as well. These seals are commonly inspected and replaced as needed as part of a timing belt service.

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Rear engine oil leaks may occur because Subaru used a plastic oil baffle plate that failed. This issue is often misdiagnosed as a crankshaft rear oil seal leak or an oil pan gasket leak. Subaru released an updated design of the baffle plate made from aluminum that stops the oil leak.

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CEL came on after abrupt pot hole bump at 5 mph. Several attempts to clear fail with light return at reconnect startup.

Heater only blows cold air. I'm a novice but would like to diagnose and fix problem myself. Thanks.

Car running great. What could cause the above? It has happened only once just overnight at its usual parking place.

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