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Ok so I took a 2 hour road trip for Christmas. Befor I got on the interstate I checked my oil the stick was dry so I put a court in. Waited like five min checked my oil and it was right below full. I started to smell burning oil about 1 1/2 hours In to my trip. And I ignored it when I got home today I crawled under it to take a look and noticed oil all over the passenger side on the transmission pan. And the oil level is still at the same place right at about full.


So my question is, is there a fail safe to let extra oil out, or did I screw myself and break somthing. It's a 2001 outback 2.5l
 

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How many miles. There is a launbdry list of what this can be.

When was the last time the timing belt and seals were changed.

This sounds like to me a leaking main seal, but can be
Oil pump seal
cam seal
valve cover seal
Bad PCV valve

All of the above.
 

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It wouldnt look green. It ould look like filthy grease flung in a pattern and a ripped noot would be obvious

He is using/loosing engine oil somehow, and we need to find out why too, unless it is just poor maint. Dont ever let a subaru get that low on oil.
 

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Maybe check the front differential oil level. I too did a road trip for Christmas. Before leaving I had an oil change and they topped off my diff levels...waaayyy to high. It started coming out the dipstick and dripped down and splattered exactly where you're describing.
 

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well, the axle grease is a longshot compared to the other excellent suggestions, just throwing it out as a possibility because, it seemed from the op, that the oil level was constant after the first top-off.

PCV valve problems could be inconsistent I suppose.
 

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You filled the motor oil with a quart. It was still full after the drive.

Quart low over how many miles since it was changed?

What is the furthest point forward of the transmission you see the oil?

Leaking fluid and the crankcase is still full is something other than the motor oil. PS fluid still full? Transmission?

Passenger side has the PS pump that will leak, puddle on the engine and flow back. The PS lines run along the passenger side and may leak at the joints. Rack may be leaking at the end seals and coming out of the boots.

Transmission pan could be leaking.

As posted prior, it could be the front differential.
 
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