Engine Oil May Leak From Camshaft/Crankshaft Front Seals on Subaru Forester

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.

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Average mileage: 152,120 (108,000–172,000)
Engine affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder
8 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2004, 2006, 2011
11 people reported this problem
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2006 Subaru Forester - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 164,600 mi,
oil light came on...dipstick dry. Mechanic said seals broken... not worth rebuilding engine(approx. $2,400). Buy a new car. This after $2,400 to change timing belt and radiator last summer.
1998 Subaru Forester - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 172,000 mi,
camshaft seals started leaking, had them fixed for 400.00