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Old 03-29-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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Auto FR-S - Oil Leak - Front Left of Engine

I have a 2013 Scion FR-S that's automatic and has about 33,000 miles on it. The only modifications to the car is a 2 inch Perrin Cat-back exhaust and a drop in K&N Air Filter. Recently I have started to smell burning oil from the cabin, so I looked around in the engine bay and discovered a bad oil leak coming from the front left of the engine. I have looked around and couldn't find any threads or posts about this and was wondering if anyone knew what it was coming from and what I should do? As in, can I fix it or will it need to go to the dealer? I'm still in the warranty period.

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Old 03-29-2016, 05:12 PM   #2
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Front timing cover leak. Covered under warranty, will require engine pull.

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Old 03-29-2016, 07:44 PM   #3
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For future reference, that's the right side...when specifying right or left sides of a car, it is always from the driver's (seated) perspective. Just an FYI...not being a smart ass.
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I'm not seeing this leak... am I just blind??...

Are you referring to that blackness on the block? It looks like undercoating/paint... If it leaked that much, I would assume it to be dripping.
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WELCOME to the forum @iPlayDrums ...........

Sure enough, it appears the cam chain cover is leaking.

As a DIY you may consider checking the torque on the cam cover bolts in that area.

Or, better yet, take it to the dealer for an evaluation and fix.


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I'm not seeing this leak... am I just blind??...

Are you referring to that blackness on the block? It looks like undercoating/paint... If it leaked that much, I would assume it to be dripping.
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Maybe @DaJo is of the old school ...... it ain't a "leak", till it puddles up on the driveway .......


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This may not be the cam seal. I've seen a bunch of FRS/BRZ have issues with the dip stick area spewing oil from time to time.

The timing cover bolts are lower than where the leak/seeping is in your photo. So I'm leaning towards the dip stick issue theory.

Regardless, get it to a dealer and fixed.
- I had the dealer pull my motor and reseal my cam areas. They did a great job.
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I have a 2013 Scion FR-S that's automatic and has about 33,000 miles on it. The only modifications to the car is a 2 inch Perrin Cat-back exhaust and a drop in K&N Air Filter. Recently I have started to smell burning oil from the cabin, so I looked around in the engine bay and discovered a bad oil leak coming from the front left of the engine. I have looked around and couldn't find any threads or posts about this and was wondering if anyone knew what it was coming from and what I should do? As in, can I fix it or will it need to go to the dealer? I'm still in the warranty period.

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Did you ever find what was causing this? I noticed the same black gunk in the same spot on my engine last weekend after an oil change. Just crack 50k

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Did you ever find what was causing this? I noticed the same black gunk in the same spot on my engine last weekend after an oil change. Just crack 50k

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Had the same issue with my BRZ. It was the dipstick O ring. Should be replaced under warranty. Mine was covered under powertrain warranty so you should still be good.
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Had the same issue with my BRZ. It was the dipstick O ring. Should be replaced under warranty. Mine was covered under powertrain warranty so you should still be good.
Thank you for the info, will make an appointment with the stealership

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Bump AT Trans Leak

Was the dip stick the cause of the leak that you guys had or was it something else? I have about 70k miles on my FRS and the Automatic trans is starting to leak. I see a similar wet area, but it looks like the gasket for the trans oil pan may be failing. I didn't notice it until a buddy and I were installing a new front pipe to my car and the old one had a good amount of fluid burned on it. I am going to take a better look at it over the weekend so see what could be the overall cause of it.
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Maybe @DaJo is of the old school ...... it ain't a "leak", till it puddles up on the driveway .......


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lol. maybe he works at the dealer.

i would take it to dealer and ask them to clean it, then pour UV dye in the crankcase, drive it for a few hundred miles and come back in and it should be visible.
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