99 Subaru Forester 98000 mi
Started losing oil noticeably at abut 80000 mi.
Now losing a quart every 1000 miles.
Is it time to get this fixed or will I be able to get by with it another year or so?
No blue smoke. No oil on the ground overnight.
Anyone have any advice where the leak may be??
Check the PCV valve. Clean or replace it. Insure the hose to it is clean and clear also. Folow this URL. Peaty has some pictures there. You have to register to see the pictures. But registration is free.
Your consumption is considered normal by Subaru. If you still have consumption after replacing the PCV valve, try a High Mileage oil. They are usually a thicker viscosity of comparable oils of the same grade.
Checkout http://www.auto-rx.com/ very well reviewed on bobistheoilguy. I'm trying some in my other car and it seems to be working. It's good for your engine, independently tested, not snake oil like a lot of other stuff.
OK upon examning my engine there is an accumulation of old oil in teh very front of engine on the drivers side. Hope this sheds ome light. Looks like an long term leak but where from?
That is a camseal leakthat starts to accumulate in the bottom of the timing belt cover and seeps out between the joint in the bottom cover, could also be crank seal, i just bought my 2nd subie 01 Forester 2 weeks ago very same problem , first thing ii did was change my oil to synthetic, because thats what like to use which i hope is better for seals, 2 nd i tried a new product called Cermax ,Which has has lot good review from guys on the bobsoilguy site , it has ceramic coating that penetrates the engine end helps to restore and protect engines and trannys etc. even lightly smoking engine, not tryin to push this , but since i started using the leaking seal seems to have stopped. Just thought i would share that with you Guys/Galadies.
I'd be interested in hearing more about your trial with Cermax. There's a bit of a hate on currently at bobistheoilguy for Cermax. Auto-rx should also help for seals as well as cleaning out the ring packs