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Old 09-04-2016, 02:11 AM   #1
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Default Think I just bought a car with bad head gaskets :'(

Bought a 2001 outback sedan today thinking all outback sedans had the 3.0 H6, turns out they don't. I wasn't worried about head gaskets on the H6 so I didn't look. Found out it was the 4 cylinder and looked under the engine cover underneath. It looks like a lot of oil down there there's also some gunky looking stuff coating the coolant overflow reservoir. Damn it. I don't know what to do. Literally just bought it and have no money for repairs. Here are some pics underneath: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B9X5Kpe-7UfaV3Bfay1YT09kNGM what do I do? Try and sell it right away? Head gasket repairs are like $2000. I could cry right now.
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:52 AM   #2
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Hmm... interesting the previous owner wouldn't have mentioned cracked heads in the sale? Was there anything discriminate the seller said prior? Looks like this issue may have been on going as the build up looks pretty bad under there. I have a similar problem and am considering a rebuild. Any local buddies perform engine work around MN? There may be some one on the regional section who could help out or at least take a look
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:07 AM   #3
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Hmm... interesting the previous owner wouldn't have mentioned cracked heads in the sale? Was there anything discriminate the seller said prior? Looks like this issue may have been on going as the build up looks pretty bad under there. I have a similar problem and am considering a rebuild. Any local buddies perform engine work around MN? There may be some one on the regional section who could help out or at least take a look
Nope, didn't say anything. Like I said too, I was pretty naive and ignorant due to thinking it was the H6 and didn't ask really. It almost looks like it's coming out of the oil pan too, or is that pretty common for it to run down the oil pan from the head gasket? Also, cracked head? Where do you see that? I can't tell.
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:19 PM   #4
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You could try to change the coolant and oil and add the coolant additive as a
temporary fix.
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Old 09-04-2016, 08:05 PM   #5
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Don't do the coolant additive, it will clog your heater core.
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Old 09-05-2016, 12:25 PM   #6
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If I were you, I'd do a little more investigating to make sure it is the headgasket first. Try checking the coolant and oil to see if it's contaminated. Also, does the exhaust blow white smoke? Does the coolant temperature gauge go higher than normal when the car is warm? These are all indicators of headgasket failure. You never know... Your car may just be a little dirty!
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:25 PM   #7
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If I were you, I'd do a little more investigating to make sure it is the headgasket first. Try checking the coolant and oil to see if it's contaminated. Also, does the exhaust blow white smoke? Does the coolant temperature gauge go higher than normal when the car is warm? These are all indicators of headgasket failure. You never know... Your car may just be a little dirty!
+1

Also, the Phase 2, '99+ 2.5 engines were more EXTernal leakers, which means as long as you watch the oil level EVERY fill-up (until you determine how much is leaking/burning/etc.), just keep topping it off as needed.

BUT if it's overheating - did you test drive it? - that DOES mean HG failure almost always.

I'd clean it up, change the fluids, ADD THE CONDITIONER as the Subaru brand won't clog your radiator....Subaru has been using it for years now.

Also, if you don't know the history it's due for a T-belt job - waterpump, pullies, tensioner @ 105k miles. Probably a tune-up, too. Tbelt breaks it takes the heads and pistons w/it.

Or unload it, and move on.

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Old 09-05-2016, 02:30 PM   #8
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Lesson learned, hopefully. You never even popped the hood before buying it? Didn't check oil, coolant, brake fluid, nothing? Jesus.

Next time, spend the $100 to have the car looked over by a shop BEFORE buying. It could save you thousands.
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Old 09-06-2016, 03:53 AM   #9
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Lesson learned, hopefully. You never even popped the hood before buying it? Didn't check oil, coolant, brake fluid, nothing? Jesus.

Next time, spend the $100 to have the car looked over by a shop BEFORE buying. It could save you thousands.
It was $500 with 130,000 and super clean. I figured worst case scenario I'd sell it or part it out.
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:05 PM   #10
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I thought my forester had a headgasket problem, it turned out to be the valve cover gaskets. So just clean the car first and see where it goes from there.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:33 AM   #11
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:39 AM   #12
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it really doesn't look like a head-gasket issue, do you have pictures of the inside of the coolant reservoir also have you opened the radiator caps check the color and condition of the coolant, looks more like valve covers, cam seals etc, if you are questioning the coolant you could always drain all the coolant and see what it looks like and how it comes out. also you can get a loaner tool and do a compression test.
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I'd clean it up, change the fluids, ADD THE CONDITIONER as the Subaru brand won't clog your radiator....Subaru has been using it for years now.



Td
The Subaru conditionner is a rebranded RadWeld. And it will clog the core.
They use it so as to mask the symptoms, not to fix anything...

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1351375

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Old 09-23-2016, 11:20 AM   #14
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It was $500 with 130,000 and super clean. I figured worst case scenario I'd sell it or part it out.
No $500 car is going to have no issues.
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