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Old 03-03-2021, 05:46 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by surowrxa View Post
Our 2012 Forester, 83K miles, has early signs/seepage of cam leak on the driver's side.

For such a widespread problem there is very little input on here, hence the thread.

Looking for input from those who got assistance from SOA for this repair, I've seen a few examples on other sites but not much here. There is a TSB.

For those who don't know, the repair is $3K, engine pull.
im thinking that you have a Cam Seal leaking
not cam carrier
cam carrier is on side of engine and is sealed with Fugi Bond(expensive RTV gasket)

if indeed, cam seal leaking.....NO WAY MOTOR NEEDS TO COME OUT
its basically a timing belt change with added time to remove all 4 cam sprockets and tap in 4 new seals
in fact, i had both issues after shop installed a new short block in my car
1-leaking cam seals
2-leaking cam carrier
mechanic sealed cam seals with a crap ton of RTV which made seals leak(not what manual says to do)
and forgot to seal the carriers with RTV
on top of that, he scored all my cams trying to install seals a 2nd time
i not only did cam seal replacement with motor in car(i dont have a hoist or room in garage)
i installed used cams(and cam carriers) with engine in car

move car to another shop if SOA denies
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