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.
Car Problem Reports
Subaru Forester Engine Oil May Leak From Camshaft/Crankshaft Front Seals
Subaru Forester Problem
Engine Affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 142,000 mi (108,000 mi - 172,000 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 172,000 mi
camshaft seals started leaking, had them fixed for 400.00