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I have a 96 Subaru Impreza, Is smell like burning oil everytime I drive, I have taken it to mechanics and they say something related to my timing belt seal and cam and crank shaft, can that be it although the oil is not licking but burning? Any Help

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    I also have a 96 impreza with the same problem... The crank shaft seal is the problem... Mine will idle fine and not leak much oil but when driving at speed oil pressures increase, the oil drips down and gets blown back all over the oil pan, exhaust etc.... This seal is located in the oil pump as it is driven by the crank shaft... as wendystech said tho... it may have worn down the actual shaft and a new seal may not fix the problem.... this is something that can only be determined by tearing the front of the motor down to expose the oil pump, crank shaft and seal... time consuming and painstaking... i recommend a dealer service unless you have a spare vehicle and some spare time

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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.

Good Luck and I hope this helps.

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