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Old 04-04-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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I just bought a 2000 legacy L and was changing all the fluids and noticed that there is a slight external coolant leak from the head gasket. My question is, is the coolant conditioner a preventive item or will it actual plug a leak? What are the chances this may stop the drip? And if it does..does the quick fix last? I have No heating issues, oil is clean and do not see any issues with discolored coolant or being pushed in the over flow. Looks to be external only. I don't like to add this kind of but I guess it is worth a shot.

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My dealer gave me my conditioner for free. Otherwise its $2. Wouldnt hurt...
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It has stop leak properties....it's a $2 fix, give it a shot.
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Respectfully, I'd vote against it. You risk clogging more than the leak itself. It's as if you had a bleeding finger and stuffed yourself with greasy fries and burgers hoping that the cholesterol will plug your cut...
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Respectfully, I'd vote against it. You risk clogging more than the leak itself. It's as if you had a bleeding finger and stuffed yourself with greasy fries and burgers hoping that the cholesterol will plug your cut...
Not exactly like jamming a bunch of grease in arteries. It's a seal conditioner. It would be like if you took that grease and jammed it in your cut to stop the bleeding.
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I'm going to give it a shot, I look at it this way... It has to go in anyway leak or not. It's recommended by soa at every coolant change.

Bluefoton... I agree with you 100% I do not like this stuff and said I would never use this type of fix. In this case I just don't have anything to lose.

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There are two aspects of it. Appanrelty it "conditiones" the coolant by preventing it from becoming excessively acidic, which is one cause for eating the gaskets. Nevertheless, that can be acheived by monitoring your coolant in the first place.

Furthermore - and this is the root of the discussions - it's a clogger - actually a rebranded Holts RadWeld. Supportes claim that if it's officially recommended by SOA, it won't be detrimental. Naysayers claim that the chunks in it can clog coolant passages in your engine. Nevertheless, cases in which engine damage was specifically caused by the conditioner are not frequent, and it's impossible to list cases where something was avoided by not adding something.

If you wanted to be confused any further, here is a more food for thought

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1351375
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=508603
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Thanks for the links. I'm leaning to just yanking the motor..it will be my first Subaru pull. Does not look to be too bad.....tough decision for a tiny little drip.
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