1998 Nissan Sentra Front CAM seal troubleshooting

Tiny
SCORPIO08
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  • 1998 NISSAN SENTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 26,000 MILES
I have a 1998 Nissan Sentra with nearly 260,000 miles on it. Recently it developed an oil leak on the left side(facing the front of the car) of the engine, at least I think it's coming from the engine. Everything mounted in the area has a thin coat of oil on it. I took it to a garage and was told that it most likely was a front cam seal gone bad. My question is, how big of a repair job is a front cam seal replacement, and if you could give me a ballpark fiqure on what it most likely would cost? My concern is the number of miles on the car and if it turns out to be a costly repair, is it worth it. Will the leak worsen?
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Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 AT 3:46 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

This is not a big job. The front engine cover & cam belt will have to be removed & then the cam gear is taken off to access the seal. Time wise it should not take more than 2 Hrs. The seal will be around $10-15 and you may wish the timing belt replaced as it is already removed. Ask your mechanic to give you a quote first.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 AT 5:37 PM

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