10 months ago I had my 120000 mile service on my 96 subaru impreza. they didn't replace the crank seal at that time because the guy said it wasn't leaking. But now it is and essentially I have shell out just about the same amount of dough to have it replaced. Is the seal supposed to get replaced automatically as part of the service or is it a if it's leaking fix it, if not, don't kinda thing.
Cam and crank seals should be replaced with the second timing belt change along with idler pulleys and water pump as the extra labour and cost is minimal compared to doing the job twice, but that comes down to the professionalism of the person working on the vehicle, you should atleast be educated in the fact so you can make a decision at the time of belt replacement
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can anyone help me, my 1993 impreza wrx wont start, 2 days ago i went to ...ClubWRX Forum - Subaru Impreza WRX and STi Community and ...
your strong smell of fuel was in side the car , under the hood . ? now check to see if here is any gas leak under the hood --- gas line , filter. check under the car for any leak , or by the gas tank . it might be just sweating, make a good check , re ply me what you find
its your water pump. it has seized up, it would be on the driver side(left side when sitting in the car) or right if looking at it. Its behind the black timing covers. I would reccomend replacing the crank and cam seals, resealing the oil pump, new timing belt and pully kit to save you a headache down the road or it could end up costing you much more money in the long run.
It's not common but not uncommon either...Diff life depends upon so many individual factors (how you drive, where you drive, temperatures, spinning tires in snow, leaks from seals, lube change intervals etc), that predicting failure related to miles driven is virtually impossible. I've seen differentials last longer than the entire vehicle and have seen some only go 30K before they fail. If I could examine it I could tell you why it failed, but no one can actually predict the service life. (this applies to virtually every vehicle)
Your car is 13 years old. It is possible for the seal to actually wear a groove into the crank shaft or cam shaft end. Which ever is protruding and has a seal. It used to happen on all the older G.M. cars. (60's 70's). Usually with over 100K miles. You may be leaking just enough for the wind to blow the oil back onto the exhaust while driving. I've seen it, done it, and repaired it. One way to tell is to look for tiny oil spot on the lower part of the rear bumper or lower part of trunk lid. Oil sometimes will blow back that far. Now, even if they change the seal, it may not stop the leak. Back in the day, you used to be able to buy a "Sleeve" kit for the crank. It slides over where the groove is so the seal can make contact on an smooth, level surface.
Get a second opinion before moving forward. And be sure to get some sort of warranty if at all possible.
A long shot, see if a mechanic will put it up in the air on a lift and show you where it's leaking from. It should be pretty well spread out over the bottom of the motor and possibly the transmission.