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I have an oil leak on my 2000 2.5L Outback. It has 141000 KMS on it. Japanese import, I'm in New Zealand. It's happened quickly and is more than just an occasional drip.

The mechanic says its the cam seals which need to be replaced and will take about 4 hours labour. After reading through this site and learning about the head gasket issues I'm wondering if I should get them done too when replacing the cam seals. I'm not sure about the relationship between the two, whether you'll need to take off the head to change the cam seals anyway. If so, which gasket should I use? Is the Original Subaru gasket made now any good?

It also brings up the question of Timing Belt change. This was done by the previous owner at 115000KMS, according to the sticker in the engine bay but I have no paperwork to go with it so i'm assuming the cam seals weren't done then. With only 26000KMS on the new timing belt is it worth putting a new one on or can you just put the old one back on?

I have photos of the oil leak in another thread i posted last week,http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/66-problems-maintenance/47453-oil-leak-photos.html

Thanks for any advice.
 

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Just another piece of info - had another look this morning to check how much oil was leaking and I noticed that there was coolant present on the bottom of the timing belt cover. The coolant level is always pretty constant I haven't had to top it up much.
 

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Thanks for the reply Nipper.

My worry is that all sounds a bit expensive to me, and because I cant do it myself I'm sure the local mechanic would love me!

If the oil leak was just coming from the cam seals or valve cover (which after extensive research today I'm beginning to think it is) then that wouldn't really be an "as long as your there situation" would it? Should I just pay to get the cam seal and valve cover gasket changed and change the PCV valve?

Cash is low so I'm trying to come up with a solution to minimize any catastrophic engine failure whilst trying to keep my wallet happy.
 

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Thanks Euchre but you may have missed a couple of points from my original post. The timing belt has only got 26000 Kilometres on it and I'm well aware of the consequences of it breaking.

The timing kit alone will double the cost of doing just the cam seals and valve gaskets so if they could be done without taking off the timing belts i'd prefer not to buy the timing kit. Can they be done without taking off the belt? I really don't know.

The head gasket problems I am aware of so if the mechanic does find a leak there then I will do the full list as I'm sure the timing belt needs to come off for that one. Out of interest what is the test for head gasket leakage? Is it just a visual or another kind?

Thanks for the advice.
 
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