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Hi i just did the head gaskets on my 2000 OB 2.5 had coolant in the oil. I now have a small leak dripping on the exhaust and cross member it isnt from the heads and i changed all the gaskets , oil pan ,valve covers, rear main seal, and even while underneath I cant seem to find my leak. pcv valve is new hoses routed correctly etc. Anybody got an idea?:confused:
 

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Bump .... Good luck crazy bull. I have a 2001 legacy outback sedan, I am trying to update/upgrade what is needed to help her run healthy and prevent future problems. Give me a shout if you have any questions, sorry I couldn't help you with this though.
 

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You didn't mention replacing the oil separator plate, which is a common leak point, especially if the engine has been overheated. I assume that you at least inspected it while the engine was out of the car?
 

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What about all of the valve cover bolt grommets and spark plug tube seals?

I replaced those on my wife's '01 and stopped a pretty significant leak that wasn't stopped by valve cover gaskets alone.
 

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Yes I replaced the valve cover gaskets and grommets and tubes, the oil separator is a metal one and was dry as could be. I saw no leaks in the bell housing area at all when the engine was out. Even now the area is dry as far as I can see I just dont want to pull it back out unless I have to, Thank you all for the information.
 

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I found it the back of the oil pan had a tear in the gasket "Cork Gasket" resealed with silicone its dry now thanks for the help
 
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