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Old 12-28-2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Quickest way to a head gasket

my 97 legacy was going fine and strong with 168k...

today however... I smelled coolant... the dreaded coolant smell...

Pop the hood, what do I see? bubbles comming out of the overflow..

Yep, classic DOHC phase 1 head gasket failure. What are you favorite (if there is one in such a case) methods for changing it?

Also, do you guys have a recommendation for a head gasket? I have a cheap one that I could throw on, but I'd rather not do this again.

With the extra clearance on a legacy, can you do it with the motor in the car? I've heard shop guys do it with it on the car, just jack the motor up, and to the side...

For headgasket, is there any better ones out there that you'd recommend? Also do you recommend the spraying of the copper gasket?
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:21 AM   #2
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I think most people will tell you to pull the engine just to save some frustration. I'm currently in the middle of replacing the head gasket on my 02' WRX and I can't imagine leaving the motor in, but you may have a lot more room to work with on your Legacy.

I'm using an OEM gasket because I don't want to take any chances.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:26 PM   #3
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Make sure you check that the block and head is not warped with a straight edge and feeler gauge.

And turd_ferguson, you must be one of the few who own a WRX in Logan.
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Old 12-30-2008, 07:37 AM   #4
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^^ Yeah, I don't see too many WRX's around here - lots of SUV's and trucks . Where are you from?
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:57 AM   #5
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easiest way is going to be to pull the motor. Have any friends with a shop and tools?
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:25 PM   #6
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Its going to be me. Have tools, have place. I even have a spare new timing belt. Just little inspiration, and nobody wants to just come and.. you know, sometimes you just want a hand here and there.
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Old 12-30-2008, 07:16 PM   #7
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^^ Yeah, I don't see too many WRX's around here - lots of SUV's and trucks . Where are you from?
I be from Columbus. I went to Rockey Boots and drove on 78 and thought "am I the only one with a decent car in this county?"


From what I've read, pulling the engine is well worth the effort.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:51 PM   #8
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Pull the engine, trust me it will be well worth the 1.5 hours it take to pull it and place it on an engine stand. The saved agrivation will be priceless!!
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