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I've put 30K miles on my car in 10 months. Real happy with it. A couple days ago I crawled under to change the oil for the first time (dealer did free oil changes to 24K) and found a bunch of oil all over the pan, trans and transfer case.

It appears to be coming from above the oil pan at the back of the engine. I dropped it at the dealer today and they are not sure yet where its coming from. They did loan me a new Forester, which I appreciate. I searched and found a post mentioning the CVT pump seal.




 

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I would wash it clean and diagnose from there...

Looks like winter slime mixed with some oil residue.
 

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I would wash it clean and diagnose from there...

Looks like winter slime mixed with some oil residue.
No rain or snow here for over 125 days. That is oil mixed with dirt from the road I live on. No way am I cleaning it up and then taking it to the dealer complaining of an oil leak. Counterproductive. They needed to see the mess it is making and fix it. Regardless, its already there and I was hoping to see someone who may have seen this before. Not a lot of places oil can come from back there, I would think.
 

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The dealership pulled the engine and resealed a "plate" on the back of the block that was leaking. All done in 1 day and ready to pick up.
 

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Sounds like you have a reliable dealer who backs up their words with quick action!
Yes. Brown Subaru in Amarillo. Did me right on purchase, did me right on all free oil changes to 24K and did amazing 1.5 day engine out and in with leak fixed, and new 12 miles on it Forester loaner.
 

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The dealership pulled the engine and resealed a "plate" on the back of the block that was leaking. All done in 1 day and ready to pick up.
Sorry about your problem. It sounds like the separator plate. Do you know what your engine number is? It's at the top of the drivers side block at the rear of the block. Probably starts with the letter "M" followed by 6 digits.
 
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Sorry about your problem. It sounds like the separator plate. Do you know what your engine number is? It's at the top of the drivers side block at the rear of the block. Probably starts with the letter "M" followed by 6 digits.


Yes. It was the separator plate.
 
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