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.
Engine Oil May Leak From Camshaft/Crankshaft Front Seals on Subaru Forester
Average mileage: 152,120 (108,000–172,000)
Engine affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder
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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.
camshaft seals started leaking, had them fixed for 400.00