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Oil leaking from the right side of the engine onto the exhaust and leaving a puddle

Also lookig for engine exploded view for oil control valve

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Oil control valve is right behind the cam should be a blue plug hope thats the issue and not the cam seals.

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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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SOURCE: oil leaking on the right side ,the valve cover

change the gasket

Posted on Jan 15, 2010

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