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Old 12-28-2011, 05:58 AM   #1
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Default headgasket seal leak questions!

hey everyone! had my 2006 impreza(2.5L N/A) in subaru for an oil change today and the service department told me my headgasket seal was developing an external leak. the guy at the desk told me it was nothing to worry about at this point but i know leaks will turn into failures, im wondering how soon i should need to worry about getting this fixed, i know the sooner the better but if im not able to get it in soon im just kind of curious if anyone has experience with how long it would take for this leak to become serious enough to cause failure. Also, anyone know about what it costs to have this seal repaired at the dealership? ive had all my service done there and would perfer to keep going. any help would be great, thanks!
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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You can't really guess a time frame when it will fail and we sure can't on here. Who ever does your service should be monitoring them for you and advise you. a headgasket job can be anywhere from $2000-$3000 at a dealer. Some are on the high side of that figure.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:22 PM   #3
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cant they just seplace the seal and not do a full headgasket job?
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:35 PM   #4
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:10 PM   #5
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cant they just seplace the seal and not do a full headgasket job?
The headgasket is the part that is leaking. Actually they are using poor terminology. There is a difference between a seal and a gasket and there is only one thing that separates the block from the cylinder head...........the head gasket.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:54 PM   #6
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A family members 2004 2.5 rs seeps oil at the headgasket. Is that what yours does? Do you see oil spots on the driveway yet?

It will not FAIL and leave you stranded. Just check your oil every couple of gas fills and you will be fine. You can drip a lot of oil before it totals $2000 for a headgasket.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:17 PM   #7
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Yes but when the gasket does let loose, if you aren't paying attention you can find yourself buying a new engine.

If it's seeping, that's one thing, but if it's downright leaking, get it taken care of.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:53 AM   #8
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From the description above it sounds like oil seepage where the headgasket has temperature cycled in the area around the oil return passage in the block (outside of the head bolts). My research (here, search function) says this happens to almost all of these engines.

The oil in that area is under no more pressure than the crankcase ventilation system and will not come spewing out.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #9
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I too had a leak at 130k miles. Coolant on one side, oil on the other. Typical head gasket failure. Cost me $1600. I called SOA and they gave me a $500 refund with shown proof I had gotten my 30k mi interval checkups completed. So it only cost me $1100, but I had already done my water pump and timing belts before that, so that saved a bit. They always want to do those when they change the head gasket. You know, while they're in there.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:05 PM   #10
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While we're in there is worthwhile if you're at 90k miles and the timing belt has to be removed for the procedure anyway - doing it then only costs you the price of the belt, saving about 3 hours of labor cost.
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