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Oil leak I have oil leaking onto the y part of exhaust and when stopped there is alot of smoke

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On my 97 OBW their was a kidney shaped plastic plate, just to the right of the rear crank seal on the back of the engine. The seal is known to fail. some people buy a new metal one, I just resealed mine with a good sealer. I had my engine out doing the heads, so I also replaced the crank seal. My fathers Outback had the same leak. if its leaking more to the passenger side right under the bell housing you can pretty much make a bet thats it.

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What is the mileage on your car? Is your engine a 2.5 L?
Clean the bottom side of your engine with engine degreaser first to determine exactly where it's leaking. Run your engine at idle speed for fifteen minutes, then inspect the bottom towards the front of engine. If you see a drip on the drivers side center, don't waste your time or money replacing the crankshaft seal or oil pump / pump seals. I have recently done that and still have a leak........coming from where......who knows! I have posted a question on this site, hopefully someone can answer for both of us. I know we're not the only ones with the same problem on this year and model.

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