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Old 06-24-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Well found out my head-gasket blew out on my MY02 WRX. I have it at a shop outside of Allentown PA and I live down in Cape May NJ. The shope quoted me about $2000 to pull the motor and do the headgasket. If anyone knows of a cheaper solution to this please let me know!!! I would do it myself but I honestly dont know the first thing about pulling the motor nor do i have the facilitys to do it. Any help or advice would be great help! Thanks a lot ahead of time for anyone that can help with advice or options!
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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ouch, how many miles were on it?

i fear I am about to have to do this...
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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92,000 miles
basic stage 2
the gasket leak was pushing air into the coolant system.
Honestly have no idea what started it though.

From looking around it seems to be a very uncommon issue though.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:05 PM   #4
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hrm, i think i may be having this same issue
car still drive? just gets hot?
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:05 PM   #5
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That's a bit steep, might wanna keep looking around for a shop.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:14 PM   #6
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hrm, i think i may be having this same issue
car still drive? just gets hot?

Yep, and would randomally go down at times... it was very odd.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:15 PM   #7
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That's a bit steep, might wanna keep looking around for a shop.
I would agree but i called a couple shops and it seems to be about the average price, there are cheaper options but that would require towing it there so the price of towe and the other places prices would come out to the same.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:59 PM   #8
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why would they pull the motor to do the head gaskets?
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:39 PM   #9
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cause they dont know how to work on a subie

or there just trying to rip you off, but the motor doesnt need to be pulled to do a head gasket only thing that really needs to be done is...

1 remove the radiator
2 remove the intercooler and manifold
3remove ac unit to the side and exhaust manifold
4 remove all other small items that holds head on
5 pull valve cover, cam gears and the plastic cover behind gears
6 pull cams
7 pull the head

looks like alot of work but can be all pulled apart in about 4 to 5 hours even sooner
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:43 PM   #10
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a smart person would pull the engine to do the headgaskets.


unless you like working in bull**** conditions.
in those 4-5 hours you spent there I could have already had it out and torn apart
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:48 AM   #11
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There is no way I would attempt to pull the heads with the engine in the car. I have only pulled my engine once but it was not really a big deal. Trying to replace a headgasket with it still in the car would seem to be very difficult. Maybe it can be done but I guess I would be too chicken to try it.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:55 PM   #12
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ha my dealer tried to charge me 5400 for a blown headgasket! i just decided to rebuild the motor and save a 1000 lol...
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