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Old 06-18-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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So my car seems to be consistently leaking oil and coolant.
After 2,700 miles from my last oil change I seem to have lost about 1.25 quarts of oil; also my coolant level was much lower then usual and the shop topped that off for me as well.

I am just curious if this is considered "acceptable." Or if I should be concerned about a blown headgasket, cracked turbo, or something equally problematic.

Finally if ^^ is true then should I start considering getting a new car/engine? I need a reliable dd + I have a 1,500 mile trip coming up soon.
Getting stranded on the side of the road 750 miles from home does not seem like a "fun" way to kick off my summer.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:05 PM   #2
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That oil consumption would be considered normal use to Subaru. The coolant on the other hand should not be disappearing very much. Have you done a compression check or pressurized the coolant system to check for leaks?
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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That amount of oil consumption would make me uncomfortable, but it is somewhat normal, and not necessarily indicative of ring damage. I'd check the PCV, and think about switching to a synthetic 5w40 or 10w40 synthetic blend with lots of zinc.

The coolant loss is usually indicative of a headgasket or turbo problem, but can also be attributed to old worn out hoses, or a crack or holes in your radiator.

I would certainly fix those issues, and not look to dump the car because of them.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:04 PM   #4
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check dip stick for oil color.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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So here is what the oil looks like; I am fairly sure that this is what the oil looked like when I put it in. It was Pennzoil 5w30


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Old 06-19-2013, 05:12 PM   #6
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Oil looks ok. Did someone color on the lens of your camera? I see purple squiggles on each picture lol! What does your coolant overflow look like?
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:48 PM   #7
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Haha no that's my iPhone idk camera was fine 2 weeks ago now it's for that purple mark always there... The lens themselves are broken somehow...
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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Was the car warm or cool when you checked the coolant? I assume you checked it in the overflow.

With the car completely cool, check the level in the turbo reservoir. Maybe you arent leaking and just need to burp the system.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #9
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The car had been sitting for 2-3 hours and I checked the container next to the battery labeled coolant... In retrospect I am pretty sure it is overflow... And that would explain why it is so low once the car has cooled...
The turbo coolant reservoir on the other hand... Is that the one that is on the far left side about halfway between tmic and the front of the engine bay?
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #10
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If you can look underneath. The left and right heads might have small amounts of coolant or oil leaking from where the heads meet the block. Common. Change the head gaskets when you can afford it. Other common possibilities are the oil separator plate behind the flywheel. For your oil leak. But let's not forget your turbo. These guys will eat oil up as you go. So check around your parking spot to determine which area is leaking front, rear, left side, right side. Radiators and crack surge tanks aren't unheard of either. Hope it helps.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #11
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So this morning I checked my coolant in the reservoir and it was right at the Min line.
After a 15 mile drive and the engine heated up I checked again and it was almost at the max line. Now I know that heat effects the coolant in the reservoir but should it be that big of a fluctuation?
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:58 PM   #12
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So this morning I checked my coolant in the reservoir and it was right at the Min line.
After a 15 mile drive and the engine heated up I checked again and it was almost at the max line. Now I know that heat effects the coolant in the reservoir but should it be that big of a fluctuation?
This sounds normal (level of coolant in overflow). So does 1 quart every 3k miles. During next oil change check for coolant and vice versa with your next coolant flush. If you're still paranoid, check all around the block for a leaky HG ( also check for bubbles in the overflow with the car running), and finally all the lines to the turbo. I think you're fine.

You should also be consistent where you check your oil because the dip stick is inaccurate if youre not on a level surface. I would check it every fill up at a gas station.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:43 AM   #13
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Alright thanks Kevin and yeah I am fairly consistent where I check it always in my driveway or at the Exxon station
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:43 AM   #14
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I'll echo the suggestions to check/replace your PCV and switch to a more robust oil. Also check for radiator leaks, 2002's are notorious for blowing radiators.
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