Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Car: 2001 Outback H6 3.0l VDC
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2001 H6, multiple oil leaks, advice
Whenever I've been underneath my sweet Kuma-chan in the past (got him at 170k) I've seen evidence of the possibility of leaking oil. In the beginning I took it to the stealership once and paid a lot of money to have them tell me that it's my timing chain cover and valve covers. I did just the valve covers myself on the thought that oil from there was creeping over to the timing covers and masquerading as a second leak. That or a mess from a past timing chain service hadn't been cleaned up (I'm hoping that service was actually done when it was supposed to because I've been hoping to put it off til 200k). Then I replaced the oil cooler gasket as that was very clearly an active leak. However I was still seeing drips on the oil cooler and determined that the oil pressure switch was leaking. So I replaced that and sealed it according to the fsm as well. Come this current oil change however I'm seeing more evidence of active leaks. It doesn't look like I can deny the chain covers anymore and probably the oil drain pan as well. The drain pan isn't really an issue to do and I'm slowly convincing myself that if I take out the radiator the chain cover(s) won't be so bad either. HOWEVER. It also looks like the inner oil pan might be leaking and maybe even the cylinder head gaskets. And those are things I don't believe I'd be able to do without removing or at least lifting the engine and I'm not equipped for that. I don't have a hoist, or a transmission jack, or actually a garage.
So I guess my question is: at this point is it even worth it attempting to fix these leaks or should I bite the bullet and replace the engine with a jdm? I have been prepared to do that in the event that my head gaskets go. From what I understand a replacement may cost in the range of $1200. I'll add some photos when I get back to my desktop since the site resets whenever I try to upload from my phone. Thanks in advance (for reading this giant text block)!