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

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.

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Average mileage: 39,000 (39,000–39,000)
Engine affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
2 model years affected: 1997, 1998
3 people reported this problem
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1997 Subaru Impreza Outback- 2.2L 4 Cylinder39,000
Same thing. A mechanic diagnosed it as a rear main seal leak. But I didn't quite think so. I used an additive that would have corrected the leak if it was a main seal. I did not. Now I know the real problem. Thankyou!
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