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Hi guys,

Just noticed that along with my transmission oil leak, I've now got an engine oil leak to keep it company. Here are photos of it, its a 2000 outback 2.5L Auto.

My question is, is it worth paying to get it fixed(im no mechanic) or should I just keep topping it up when needed? (hasn't needed yet)

Thanks.
 

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If the leak is just the valve covers its a relatively easy and cheap repair.
 

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Thanks Timberwolf, so does it look like a valve cover leak to you?

Can anyone else tell from the photos what is leaking?

Thanks
 

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I have the same problem with my 2005 H4 engine. All along, I thought it was the oil filter on the bottom of the engine, I would tighten the filter and it would seem to stop leaking. Had I thought it might have been something other than that, I would have claimed it while I still had a warranty.

Now I have purchased a new set of valve cover gaskets, O-rings, etc. which I plan to install. I hope the leak is remedied by that as I hate to think it could be the head gaskets.
 

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i can't see it in the pic, but usually there is an oil cooler that the oil filter threads on to. and there is a large o-ring gasket between it and the block. it tends to leak with age. it cost about $7 at the dealer and takes less than an hour to replace.

that's not the only leak but it is a leak. and it is probably the one leaving a drip in your drive way over night.
 

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Sorry for the late reply, missied your response somehow, I would do the valve cover, spark plug orings, and cover grommets, give the underside of the motor a good clean and monitor further inboard for head gasket leaks.

But it looks like a majority of the oil is around the valve covers, so try that first.
 

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Thanks guys, valve cover gaskets it is then. along with the cover grommets and spark plug o rings. Should the gaskets be torqued at a specific setting?

Is there any info out there covering all the torque specs on all gaskets etc for the EJ25?

I'm going to give it a go myself when i get the time, after reading through all the information here i'm more confident that I can get it done without too much drama.
 

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Pdftown and download the almost full workshop manual, I think it's for 2002 though the specs and instructions should be the same.
 

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The pdftown 2002 manual doesnt work, links no longer available.
 

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The pdftown 2002 manual doesnt work, links no longer available.
Try the 2000 download, seemed to work for me, but i tried it on my iPad and it hasn't quite finished yet.
 

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The pdftown 2002 manual doesnt work, links no longer available.
Try the 2000 download, seemed to work for me, but i tried it on my iPad and it hasn't quite finished yet.
 
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