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    coolant leak from behind passenger side timing cover

    Hey dudes, just noticed i've got a leak coming from behind the timing cover. I pseudo pulled it off to see if i could localize it but without tearing it completely apart i couldn't quite tell. I did timing belt with water pump about 5K miles ago and did coolant flush at that point and have not had any leaks or problems since then.

    I'm kind of at a loss because i'm 2000 miles from all my tools and friends to help me work on the car. I'm living in Elkins Park, PA (20 miles North of Philly) going to optometry school and have a limited budget for things like this. Does anyone know a reputable shop that could fix this as well as do a clutch for a reasonable price? I know the clutch is a big job. Car has just over 101K on it..(did the timing before i moved to PA so that i wouldn't have to pay a mechanic out here)

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    You could check out RT Tuning in Lansdale. They do solid work and have a lot of Subaru experience and have decent labor charges.

    As far as the leak...I'm not up to par on internals of engines. But could it possibly be coolant lines, seals, head gasket, or even something at the water pump?
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    Thanks Mikie, i'll look into them. As far as i could tell it was not the coolant lines. who knows. its real crappy out today and i didn't want to be messing with it too much. but i'm hoping its not as serious as head gasket....ugh. I did those on my old outback and it wasn't that bad, but i have zero way of getting it done here, so i'll be paying someone to fix it, unfortunately.
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    Water pump gasket by chance if you didn't replace it. It is right about in that area you're seeing the coolant leak. Or over torqued, under torqued bolts.
    That's about as much as I know at this point though :/ hope it works out
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    On a US model car the water pump is on the driver's side of the motor, not the passenger. I'm actually at a loss as to what might be leaking under the cover from the passenger side. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
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    IIRC the water pump is on the drivers' side...so i'm not sure. it was just real hard to see because i couldn't get the timing cover off all the way without removing more stuff. and it was raining. i got frustrated quickly with the whole thing.
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    haha, posted at the same time as SD-GR. It almost looked as if the leak was coming from the center bolt that holds that cover on. but as i've said, the lighting was sub-optimal
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    Quote Originally Posted by 08wrx331 View Post
    IIRC the water pump is on the drivers' side...so i'm not sure. it was just real hard to see because i couldn't get the timing cover off all the way without removing more stuff. and it was raining. i got frustrated quickly with the whole thing.
    I can imagine. I've been through four water pumps myself. Two Subaru OEM, one Gates -- also ostensibly Subaru OEM since Gates is the maker for the US -- and finally I'm on an Aisin. Usually though the water pumps seep from the driver's side onto the bottom of the block and head, streaming backwards as the coolant is moved by wind pressure when the car goes along the road etc. On the other side, unless you've got a streamer from the pump, I'd guess it's actually something external to the cover that's pooling into the cover. Do post back and good luck.
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    when i get better time and lighting i'll look into it for sure. The car needs a clutch i think anyway...might pay to have someone look at it.
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