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#1 Old 01-07-2009, 03:51 PM
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Valve oil seal replacement

Got a few questions, hopefully someone can help. I have a completely stock '03 bugeye, 69,000 miles, and have been going through a lot of troubleshooting on boost problems, and smoke from the exhaust on cold startup and hard driving. I did find out that my stock turbo died, looks like the bearings went out. No big deal, I got a rebuild from Deadbolt which I'm putting in now.
My big issue is that I pulled the spark plugs, and I'm definitely burning oil in the #3 cylinder (rear passenger side cylinder). I'm hoping it's just the oil seal in the valves on that cylinder, and was wondering if anyone knows if you have to remove the camshaft to replace the oil seals? I have the factory repair book and it doesn't really give any info on doing a repair like that. Hopefully someone can help.
And also, does it seem kind of odd that a stock WRX would have this type of problem at this kind of mileage?
Thanks for any info that can be passed my way!
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In order to get the head off the car you have to pull the cams.. So I guess your answer is no..

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So, I have to pull the head off to get to the valve seals?
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Sorry, I posted the last one too quickly. There isn't any way to replace the seals without pulling the head?
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Not that I know of.. Sorry.

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Thanks, I appreciate the help!
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#7 Old 01-08-2009, 03:18 PM
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Sorry I didn't have any "Good News" for you.. LOL. If you do pull the heads to change the seals check the seats.

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