I hate to start new threads that may have been covered before. But everyone I ask lately seems to have a different answer. so I'll start at the beginning, and hope someone can shed some light on these problems.
I bought my 2005 impreza wrx in january from a dealer. I took it home and the next day after a drive and it was smoking.
Took it to a mechanic around me to find out what was wrong with it. he gave me a list of things, the main thing being that a gasket was leaking oil on the exhaust causing the smoke. So the dealer agreed to fix all the issues. And i asked them to replace the timing belt and the water pump while they were at it and i paid them 400 for that.
they fixed it, didnt have problems since then.
about 2 weeks ago, when my car was idling, the temp gauge would rise slowly.
I took it to my mechanic, they discovered that my coolant tank cap's seal was cracked. I replaced it, and it hasn't rose since.
BUT, and heres where im at a loss, my car is giving off a strong smell of coolant. They guy said when he looked at my coolant cap, he spilled some, and i would be smelling it for a while. but it was overwhelming.Early on a cold morning it was smoking a little, but no temp rise.
I took it back a week later, they said it appeared that I have some kind of coolant leak, they said it could be the timing belt cover, or the water pump, but they'd have to really take it apart and i'd have to pay. (they've been looking at my car for free before all this)
I got word there was a guy at a garage that was a "subie specialist" because he worked on subarus for years.
I go in, I tell them I smell coolant, all he says without missing a beat is "head gasket, head gaskets shot"
they were almost giddy about it. they looked at it, and determined it WASN'T the head gasket. but by looking at it can you even tell?
I've actually known these guys for a while, I used to deliver food to them alot, and they were always nice. he told me I have oil seals?(pardon my ignorance if thats wrong) that were leaky and that could be what the smoke is.
but tbh, I dont think he really took a good look, because they brought me in the back to look, but he didnt seem to put a whole lot of investigation into it. then we started talking about up pipes and down pipes and perfomance mods, and he just kept telling me "you're gonna blow your engine. these cars are ticking time bombs, dont bother" etc.
he told me to keep an eye on my coolant and oil and temp levels.
coolant smell still coming, temp gauge normal, oil level normal.
All that said, I was hoping someone could give me some advice, shed some light, idk. I want to get an up pipe down pipe and an exhaust, but a) this guy scared me into doing ANY mods because I don't want to blow my engine b) I want to make sure i take care of any issues before I buy any mods (if i even can)
Once again, im sorry if this topic has been covered, but I'm really confused, if you've read this whole thing, thanks in advance. I'm a total n00b with cars, I've only been into the scene for about 3 years, so please pardon my ignorance.
Also, I should add, my car is flashed stage one with a cobb. just as a side note.