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Leaking crank seal.

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.


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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    seals are never replaced unless they are defective or leaking, there is no factory recommendation of any kind. If it wasn't leaking why would they replace it?? 10 months at this high mileage is a long time, seals are pretty much shot at about 100,000 miles.



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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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