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Tech Chat => N/A Tech Chat => Topic started by: ChrisJ on September 10, 2019, 04:29:41 PM

Title: Burning oil smell
Post by: ChrisJ on September 10, 2019, 04:29:41 PM
The tappet cover gasket on my 2012 Forester XS has been replaced because the oil dripped onto the exhaust causing a smell of burning oil. However, this did not solve the smell problem. I took the car back to the dealer, who took a look with the verdict that an engine 'joint' is 'sweating'?? oil onto the exhaust. It is, however not a part of the engine which is under high pressure and the advice was to choose between 'living with the problem and the smell', or pay around R5 000 to repair it. I chose the first option. Any comments?
Title: Re: Burning oil smell
Post by: berndp on September 11, 2019, 03:12:47 PM
If the engine "joint" (not the smoking type) is leaking, I would guess the engine has been openend for some reason, and not properly re-assembled.

If however it is an oil seal that is leaking, you could try using synthetic oil (if you are currently using mineral). This tends to help the seals seal better, as it supposedly softens the seals.