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Subaru Impreza Outback Oil leak from rear of engine due to failed plastic oil baffle plate

 
Subaru Impreza Outback Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998

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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.