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Old 08-01-2013, 06:11 AM   #1
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My head gasket started leaking recently. I noticed this because it is dripping down, causing cylinder 2 to misfire intermittently. It has not overheated yet. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with head gasket sealer? I want to get rid of it so I might just take it to a dealer, but I want to fix this issue temporarily before I do.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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How many miles on the engine? Has the coolant ever been changed?
Subaru requires the use of Subaru coolant conditioner (stop leak) as part of the coolant change procedure.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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How many miles on the engine? Has the coolant ever been changed?
Subaru requires the use of Subaru coolant conditioner (stop leak) as part of the coolant change procedure.
There are only 63,000 miles on the engine, and I had a coolant flush performed at 30,000 miles. I read that the Subaru coolant conditioner is more of a preventive measure. Would something like Blue Devil's head gasket stop leak work? Would re torquing the head bolts stop this leak? I got a quote from a local shop of $850, which included both sides, water pump, and timing belt, which isn't bad at all. The dealer said they would give me at least $7400 for the car if it's in perfect working order.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:07 AM   #4
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There are only 63,000 miles on the engine, and I had a coolant flush performed at 30,000 miles. I read that the Subaru coolant conditioner is more of a preventive measure. Would something like Blue Devil's head gasket stop leak work? Would re torquing the head bolts stop this leak? I got a quote from a local shop of $850, which included both sides, water pump, and timing belt, which isn't bad at all. The dealer said they would give me at least $7400 for the car if it's in perfect working order.
$850 for head gasket replacement, water pump AND timing belt?! Please aware us of this shop so we can all go there for ridiculously cheap pricing. Really don't think that quote is accurate tbh..Might wanna head somewhere else.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:10 AM   #5
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$850 for head gasket replacement, water pump AND timing belt?! Please aware us of this shop so we can all go there for ridiculously cheap pricing. Really don't think that quote is accurate tbh..Might wanna head somewhere else.
Agreed; this is more of a $1700-$2200 job than an $800 job.

At least, according to the quotes I got.

The most honest mechanic I've run across yet is Kevin at Kevin's Automotive in Aurora. He's competent, cost-conscious, but quality-focused. He seems to understand that quality has no value if he can't get a job because he's over-priced. Every head gasket job he does involves the heads getting decked at his favorite machine shop. He uses the best gaskets he can find. He did a fantastic job on my timing belt and water pump/rollers/tensioner using a Gates setup, which is top-grade stuff. I think I paid $733 for the whole tamale. My HG wasn't leaking with any severity at the time so he said "put it off until you have a problem - which may never happen."
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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If you can get the head gaskets replaced for $850, I would do that. I wish I could find someone to do mine for that price.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #7
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I know this guy and he only charges $45/hr, and he said it would take him 1.5-2 days. Tom's automotive in Bangor, Maine. Parts only come out to about $350 and the rest is labor. It helps that he's pretty much a one man operation.
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I know this guy and he only charges $45/hr, and he said it would take him 1.5-2 days. Tom's automotive in Bangor, Maine. Parts only come out to about $350 and the rest is labor. It helps that he's pretty much a one man operation.
So jealous it's not even funny ..
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