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I just had the cam seals (plus timing belt and idler/tensioner pulleys) replaced on a 1992 Legacy Wagon with almost 200k on the clock. Oil was leaking from the cam cover gasket.

The cam seals were also replaced at about 163k miles (along with the water pump, timing belt & thermostat).

I asked the shop what condition the cam seals were in. The seals looked like they had in fact been replaced as per last paragraph. The rubber was cracked/perished though.

Is there something about an older car that would reduce the life of the cam seals -- acidic oil, perhaps? Any suggestions on how to prolong the life of the new seals? More regular oil changes?
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