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Old 12-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #526
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Looks I have a head gasket leak. I'm at 75000 miles. Changed the coolant at 50k, didn't use the conditioner.



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Old 12-23-2012, 09:25 PM   #527
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Looks I have a head gasket leak. I'm at 75000 miles. Changed the coolant at 50k, didn't use the conditioner.
That's not really bad. When it starts running down the subframe then that's bad
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:13 AM   #528
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Ok So I have a 2002 2.5 legacy L wagon and I am at 174K. I use to have a 96 legacy and it was in worst condition that my 02' and lasted 2 yrs of driving hard driving. I dont drive this on hard and when i got it in May of this year i took it to this Allpro Subaru for a survey. Everything look great except they mentioned the headgaskets wasnt bad but need to be replace in future. i held off knowing that i would want to change timing belt. Now my 02' is leaking coolant and the HG is the problem. I took it back in to be looked at and its gunna cost 2,200 to fix. I want to know what is the best steps to take here. I've read up on most of this stuff when i had my 96' just wasnt going to waste time in that car. this one i want to save. and keep for long. Im aware of the conditioning and multi-HG. I did not know and still not sure is the multi-HG a better solution. I don't think i got a quote for the multi-HG and i don't think i wanna pay labor for somehting i could probably do myself. Is the conditioning and HG replacement something you recommend doing myself. and multi-HG what do you think. I have two buddies with 2.5 one with 04 and other 01'rs im asking them now and probably work with them on mine. My friend matt is familiar with the 2.5 blocks.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:33 PM   #529
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That's not really bad. When it starts running down the subframe then that's bad
There is oil on the subframe.

I went to the dealership to get an oil change (it's too cold to do it myself). Dealer is saying both of my head gaskets are leaking. He quoted me ~$1500 for parts and labor for gaskets and timing belt.

Update. I called SOA today asking if they can help with the cost of repairs, they said they'll contact the dealer and will let me know.

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:22 PM   #530
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I recently did head gaskets on my 01 rs, i used 04 sti head gaskets and threw in a set of Delta 2000 cams while it was apart. She was leaking pretty bad. those of you getting quoted upwards of $1500, if you have a good manual and a little mechanic experience it really isn't that hard to do yourself.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #531
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I recently did head gaskets on my 01 rs, i used 04 sti head gaskets and threw in a set of Delta 2000 cams while it was apart. She was leaking pretty bad. those of you getting quoted upwards of $1500, if you have a good manual and a little mechanic experience it really isn't that hard to do yourself.
As far as the technical details. like what pound pressure when loosening belts and tightening the bolts no head when installing. I wan to use aftermarket head gaskets like i mentioned above. I just figure the pound pressure and sequence would be different than using stock head-gaskets or other model HG. Any information in this ?

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:08 PM   #532
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Looks like I need to start reading this thread

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:40 PM   #533
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Anyone that had confirmed head gasket failures experience their overflow, overfilling and pouring out on the ground? I cant seem to figure out my problem. new thermostat didnt seem to help me, unless im air locked.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #534
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Anyone that had confirmed head gasket failures experience their overflow, overfilling and pouring out on the ground? I cant seem to figure out my problem. new thermostat didnt seem to help me, unless im air locked.
Yup. Its the blown head gasket forming air pockets in the cooling system and they work their way up. Pushes the coolant out of the top of the radiator into the overflow tank. Run it for a while and its gonna fill up the overflow tank and leak out
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:14 PM   #535
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**** well i guess im screwed. Is there a good "how to" on fixing this? Im fairly good with mechanics.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:16 PM   #536
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**** well i guess im screwed. Is there a good "how to" on fixing this? Im fairly good with mechanics.
Yea. Just search on here. Also some good ones on RS25 and subaruforester.org. i believe even the outback site had a good how to for head gaskets
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:18 PM   #537
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:51 PM   #538
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**** well i guess im screwed. Is there a good "how to" on fixing this? Im fairly good with mechanics.
The turbo cooling systems are a little different to "burp" than the NA's. Check the "turbo engine" section to see the proper way to do it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:35 PM   #539
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I'm having this issue on my car as well. I have about 60k miles on my 08. Seems like a small oil drip leak and causing it to burn up on the exhaust. Is there anyway to temporarily seal this? Any subie guys in the chicago area that can replace the head gasket on the cheap?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:15 PM   #540
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I'm having this issue on my car as well. I have about 60k miles on my 08. Seems like a small oil drip leak and causing it to burn up on the exhaust. Is there anyway to temporarily seal this? Any subie guys in the chicago area that can replace the head gasket on the cheap?
If you have an extended warranty, it should be covered.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:01 PM   #541
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If you have an extended warranty, it should be covered.
I don't have an extended warranty. The vehicle was previously in a collision.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #542
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I called SOA today asking if they can help with the cost of repairs, they said they'll contact the dealer and will let me know.
So, what did they do for you?
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:43 PM   #543
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So, what did they do for you?
Dealer quoted me ~$1500, SOA offered to pay $500 of that even though I was 5000 miles out the extended warranty.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:14 PM   #544
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Dealer quoted me ~$1500, SOA offered to pay $500 of that even though I was 5000 miles out the extended warranty.
If you admitted to not using the conditioner this isn't too shabby. $1500 is a "low" dealer price, most on here are quoted 2K or more.

But for me to be ok with replacing HGs @ 75K SOA better fork more out for me...I have bought 4 new Subarus. The next sale would absolutely depend on it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:59 PM   #545
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just got my 02 legacy back from the shop. She has aftermarket head-gaskets Multi-Layer gaskets with new timing belt, manifold gaskets machined heads, plugs the whole shebang! An running better than ever
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:19 PM   #546
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My '09 2.5i had a head gasket leak at 28,000 miles. They replaced it under warranty and used a wrx gasket for the replacement. Sad.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:28 PM   #547
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Replaced head gaskets on 02 Forester 152K miles with STI head gaskets. Replaced both heads.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:37 PM   #548
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Just about every engine other than the 2.5s leak as a tech at a dealer I've seen 10 sti's to even some 11-12 foresters w. minor seepage.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #549
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Just about every engine other than the 2.5s leak as a tech at a dealer I've seen 10 sti's to even some 11-12 foresters w. minor seepage.
11-12 Foresters have the new FB engine, are you saying that they have bad head gaskets as well?
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For those looking for new OEM parts to do this job we have a kit for this. It is just for the head gasket job. No timing belt. You need to ask your dealer what is included. Out kit is $380.00 at our RETAIL price. For forum members I know I can get that much lower.


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