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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 133,222 (72,500–210,000)
Engine affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder
6 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2010
17 people reported this problem
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Crankshaft/Camshaft covered in oil. Most likely the seals are shot. MASSIVE oil leaks daily. Started all of a sudden, oil flows out almost as quickly as i put it in.
Camshaft seals are leaking badly.
oil leaking, smoking from crankshaft seals
This was actually on a '99 Outback, but we still experienced the problem. We experienced a burning oil smell and it was diagnosed as a camshaft seal and the crankshaft seal.
was just told by mechanic oil leak is due to camshaft seal leak. estimated repair is $1400 because he has to remove the engine...
It started recently, just a little oil from one of the engine seals onto the driver side exhaust causing a burning smell. Not sure if its a big enough problem to fix. Ill just watch the oil level.