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Old 09-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Head Gasket Seaping?

So my dealership just told me that my head gasket is seaping, which i kind of new was already going on. But my question is what exactly does seaping mean? Car runs fine and somehow ive been getting 35 miles to the gallon on the highway...
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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Means nothing usually. Leaking/blown are issues, but seeping a bit of oil is really common. Gives you something to watch out for though.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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Took mine to the dealership for what I thought was an oil leak and was told it was seapage too. They showed me it hadn't leaked on to anything so I was fine. I was actually smelling burning oil though which was annoying
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:55 PM   #4
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I've been told the same thing and they even tried to get me to do the headgasket, but there's no ACTUAL oil dripping or any other signs of a bad headgakset, just the occasional burning oil smell from the seepage.

If you're not having any issues with Oil and coolant mixing or temperature issues, then the worst case scenario is an external headgasket leak, which doesn't really seem harmful and people put on 30k-40k miles with no problem.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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Just FYI, if you're smelling burning oil and a shop (or someone) tells you it's the head gaskets, just make sure it's not leaking for the rear main seal or oil separator plate or elsewhere. That's where mine is leaking right now (rear main) . Some of it drips onto the exhaust headers and burns nicely there.

Edit: Oh and the car should run just like normal as long as oil levels are kept up. At some point you'll start to loose compression (technically I suppose that you've already lost a very tiny-negligible-amount of compression if it's seeping) on whatever cylinders are affected. But you probably wouldn't notice until the gasket really blows.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:07 PM   #6
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I burn coolant not oil, atleast i cant smell oil.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:26 AM   #7
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I burn coolant not oil, atleast i cant smell oil.

If you are leaking coolant externally use the subaru coolant additive that is what it is for and it works.
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