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Old 10-07-2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Coolant Leak into a cylindar!!! ARgh!! Where can I find parts?

I went to a local mechanic because I was loosing coolant fast, and I thought I could smell the sweet smell of coolant in the exhaust. Low and behold, the mechanic told me that I have a leak into one of the cylinders. The mechanic told me that it might because of over boosting the car and I should be frequently changing changing the engine oil because if the oil is getting contaminated I will loose the turbo

The mechanic told me that I will be needing a full top end rebuild kit (valve guides, valve stem seals, gaskets, etc.) and some additional testing because it will help in the long run. I want to know if you guys know where to get parts for these! Do you guys know what specific parts I need? can newb atleast make an attempt to fix it?

I have been checking out the resale threads and not getting much luck. You guys are always a lot of help.

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Old 10-07-2009, 11:37 PM   #2
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you can get parts through the dealer. if you are taking their words for it and doing a rebuild, i suggest maybe upgrade a bit, i might not cost too much extra over oem.

go here: http://subyshop.com/ and see if they have parts. a few local guys run this business and they are on here too, the sales guy's username is "adeliciouspizza" pm him and he'll take care of you.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:03 AM   #3
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Fill your profile out with car year/model. How many miles?

I would be more worried about your bearings than your turbo if you have an internal coolant leak.

If you need to do the head gaskets, its cost effective to do the timing belt service at the same time.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:30 AM   #4
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You have a blown headgasket. The motor is gonna have to come out to fix it cuz you can't pull the head off with the motor in the car.

Subaruparts.com is where I get all my oem parts from.

fwiw I wouldnt bother getting any special head gaskets or head studs or anything. I run about 25 psi from a 20g with stock headgaskets and headbolts and there are plenty people who run more boost and larger turbos on stock headgaskets.

I also would be kinda skeptical about anyone telling me I need to pull the heads apart when he hasn't even looked at em yet.

Since you probably aren't going to be doing this yourself and it is gonna cost you a bunch, it would be in your best interest to talk to a few more shops and get a couple different estimates.

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Old 10-08-2009, 07:24 AM   #5
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You have a blown headgasket. The motor is gonna have to come out to fix it cuz you can't pull the head off with the motor in the car.
IF he has a blown head gasket. And you dont have to pull the motor.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:50 AM   #6
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Fill your profile out with car year/model. How many miles?

I would be more worried about your bearings than your turbo if you have an internal coolant leak.
It a 2005 wrx with 66k. I have already done the timing belt!

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Subaruparts.com is where I get all my oem parts from.

I also would be kinda skeptical about anyone telling me I need to pull the heads apart when he hasn't even looked at em yet.

Since you probably aren't going to be doing this yourself and it is gonna cost you a bunch, it would be in your best interest to talk to a few more shops and get a couple different estimates.
Thanks for the reference. I'll try subaruparts.com. And the difference estimates? Definitely a good idea.

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IF he has a blown head gasket. And you dont have to pull the motor.
I'll make sure to get others to check that when I get some more quotes.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:20 AM   #7
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I'll make sure to get others to check that when I get some more quotes.
Fun, no. Possible, yes.

I found plenty of people removing heads on WRX's and STI's but here is a How-To for the N/A Forester...

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...-engine-57335/

Dont get me wrong. If I had the tools I'd just as soon pull the motor. Change the timing belt, water pump, etc etc probably send the heads out for P&P. Maybe cams or something. But if was on a tight budget and just needed to fix the car, I would find the HG thats leaking and just replace that without removing the motor...
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:43 AM   #8
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let me tell you what happend to me, a few months back i had my car protuned and had the boost at 19psi (stock turbo), on the way home it was idling way high so i was like wtf and thought there was some glitch in the tune but after telling my tuner he said to check the IACV. I needed a new gasket if i was going to remove the IACV so i after work that day (day after protune) driving home the gasket blows and coolant just dumps into my motor, so i pull over and had it towed to the subaru dealer which also told me i needed new head gaskets and all this other junk, i was like cool i still have factory and extended warranty but they didnt cover it so i said f-it and towed the car home. I said well let me try draining and flushing out the oil/coolant so i did and did like 3-4 oil and filter changes in about a week and also replaced the IACV gasket and after that the car ran like new and still is some thousand miles later, the dealer was quick to say head gasket just cause there was coolant in the motor (Duh! i told them the iacv gasket blew but they never listned) so all they needed to do is replace a $20 part and i was good but there idiots.

DId your car over heat? If not you might be in the same situation i was in, you should check it out.
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:08 AM   #9
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IF he has a blown head gasket. And you dont have to pull the motor.

Yeah but 90% chance that's what it is.

And its SO much easier to pull the motor if you are doing head gaskets. It only takes 45 min to get the motor out of the car.


FYI OP, find another mechanic. There is very little chance you need to rebuild your heads. Subaru heads generally dont lose valve seals and such.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:58 PM   #10
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Fun, no. Possible, yes.

I found plenty of people removing heads on WRX's and STI's but here is a How-To for the N/A Forester...
Only if I had the time. Maybe I'll do it this Saturday.

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DId your car over heat? If not you might be in the same situation i was in, you should check it out.
Im not having any problems with idle or anything. I don't think it's this.

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Yeah but 90% chance that's what it is.

And its SO much easier to pull the motor if you are doing head gaskets. It only takes 45 min to get the motor out of the car.


FYI OP, find another mechanic. There is very little chance you need to rebuild your heads. Subaru heads generally dont lose valve seals and such.
Oh I hope not. I was talking to a friend. I am thinking about sending the oil to a lab. Before that, I'm gonna go buy a cylinder compression kit. Do you think this is a good idea? I was thinking that if I test the compression I will know for sure and the kits are only about 30$ max.
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