I have a driverside oil leak. Oil is on bettery and to[p of timing belt housing. What is causing this?

5

Asked by Dec 18, 2014 at 03:03 AM about the 1998 Subaru Forester L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

There is oil on the side of the battery and on the top of the timing belt housing. Noticed it when I got to work because there was smoke coming out from under my hood. There was a lot of oil on the side of the battery and on the mudguard below. Any suggestions what this could be?

1 Answer

107,625

Hard to say what seal blew, there are at least 3 in that General area, but I suspect it to be the cam seal on that side but you won't really know until you get in there to see. I would not recommend driving it, oil on the timing belt could let it jump and that would not be good plus the oil loss could fry an engine.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Subaru Forester Experts

  • #1
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    3,950
  • #2
    walth
    Reputation
    3,410
  • #3
    lifeson34
    Reputation
    2,810
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
761 Great Deals out of 54,457 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota RAV4
739 Great Deals out of 55,950 listings starting at $999
Used Subaru Impreza
179 Great Deals out of 20,700 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Legacy
230 Great Deals out of 14,016 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota 4Runner
310 Great Deals out of 27,931 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota Tacoma
670 Great Deals out of 41,683 listings starting at $2,500

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Forester For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 28,549 listings starting at $20,879
2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
58 Great Deals out of 1,601 listings starting at $18,243
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 970 listings starting at $12,900
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
112 Great Deals out of 2,391 listings starting at $8,570
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 865 listings starting at $7,990

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.