Subaru BRZ Engine & Oil Leak Problems

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints that the 2022 Subaru BRZ has an engine problem caused by leaking RTV sealant. Vehicle owners report that the RTV sealant clogs the filter causing oil starvation in the engine. 

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Does the Subaru BRZ Have Engine Problems?

There is a problem with the RTV silicone gasket that leaks sealant into the oil of the BRZ. This problem can cause major issues in the engine of the 2022 Subaru BRZ. The engine itself doesn’t appear to be faulty until it is contaminated with RTV sealant that does the damage.

This same issue has also been highlighted by 2022 Toyota GR86 owners who have similar engine problems to BRZ owners. This stands to reason since the two vehicles have the same engine, which was developed by Toyota and Subaru, who are essentially partners.

Owners have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the engines of the 2022 Subaru BRZ, 2022 Subaru WRX and the Toyota GR86. There are also several forums that discuss the issues about both vehicles literally in the same breath.

What’s Wrong with the Engine in the Subaru BRZ?

2022 Subaru BRZ owners have identified traces of silicone in the engines of their vehicles. Ironically, many of them were alerted by the high-profile problems experienced by Toyota GR86 owners. Some have found that the RTV sealant is causing oil starvation in the engine.

Here are some of the comments from 2022 Subaru BRZ owners in complaints to the NHTSA. Some refer to the Toyota GR86 as well.

NHTSA Complaints About the Subaru BRZ

An Owner from Arizona States:

“The new 2022 Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 have been found to have an excessive amount of RTV silicone on the engine oil pan. This can clog up the oil pickup filter and cause oil starvation leading to catastrophic engine failure. A few engines have already failed and more people have been finding RTV silicone in their oil filters and dipsticks including me.”

An Owner from New York States:

“My car has excess RTV sealant on the oil pan that has now gotten into my engine and is causing oil starvation.”

An Owner from Florida States:

“Found traces of silicone in my engine. Checked the dipstick out of curiosity and found silicone or RTV sealant. The car only has 500 miles on it.”

This owner intends to do an oil change after the break-in period of 1,000 miles that Subaru recommends. Then I “will have them check the oil pan filter for more RTV.”

An Owner from California States:

“The engine has excess RTV sealant and is clogging the oil pick-up tube. This causes the motor to have restricted oil flow and causes premature motor failures.”

An Owner from Alabama States:

“These particular vehicles (and their Toyota counterpart, the GR86) have been experiencing issues with excess RTV sealant used on the oil pan and timing cover getting into the oil. Once this RTV sealant is in the oil, it clogs the oil pickup tube filter. As the excess sealant collects on the filter, it begins to starve the engine of oil.

“There have been a number of documented failures so far (including one that made international auto news). Some owners are inspecting their oil dipstick and finding anywhere from light to heavy sealant residue even on the dipstick. I inspected my own and found traces of RTV sealant stuck to it as well”

The complaint made on August 4, 2022, states that neither Toyota and Subaru had issued a recall or service bulletin of any sort for this problem.

“The online forums for these vehicles are filled with nothing but posts about finding sealant on their dipsticks, or posts from those that removed their own oil pan and found sealant clogging the filter.”

What Should You Do if Your Subaru BRZ Has Issues?

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints about the 2022 Subaru BRZ and the RTV sealant issues that appear to affect the engine. If you have problems, all you need to do is complete our case evaluation form or call us. The law states that Toyota will pay all legal bills for lemon law cases.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Jaydatt P

    At around 19000 kilometers, my 2022 BRZ developed issues. It started with a rough idle, followed by erratic revs. Then, it began stalling in neutral and at signals. Do you think this is a kinda similar problem?

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