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Old 06-27-2013, 02:00 AM   #1
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Default o...no...HEADGASKET!!!!

Hi everyone,

I m selling my 2005 WRX automatic these days, but it turns out my HEADGASKET is leaking? the mechanics said that i have to change the headgasket cos i drive the car too much when is overheating =[

ANY opinions of what should i do??
Engine swap? swap it to a manual transmission on the way?
parts out?
sell it as it is?
just fix the headgasket? if so, where u guys recommend me to do it?



Thanks!!!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:39 AM   #2
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fix the headgasket....stop driving it when it's overheating

don't swap engines or transmissions or anything....if you want a 5 speed, sell it after you replace the HG and buy whatever you want. converting auto to manual is a lot of work.

but i'm willing to trade you 100 donuts for the car as is.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:55 AM   #3
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ANY opinions of what should i do??
How much money do you have?
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:03 AM   #4
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Well how often and how badly did you overheat it? Is the head gasket for sure the only damage at this point?
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:22 AM   #5
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How much money do you have?
I think i will raise the price a bit for my car after selling it, so i would like to say i have no more than 1.5k?
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:24 AM   #6
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Well how often and how badly did you overheat it? Is the head gasket for sure the only damage at this point?
well, it will overhead after i drive for 15mins now. I think is the headgasket losing the pressure? just changed the radiator and water pump so i guess should be the headgasket?
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:02 AM   #7
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Did they properly bleed the cooling system? Could be just air in there
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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^^ true, you could have a possible air pocket trapped in the system. Check your reservoir tank and rad to see if it stinks like exhaust or really oily and vice versa for your oil. Also try burping your cooling system
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:20 PM   #9
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To properly burp subaru cooling system you must squeeze the hoses near the top of the rad repeatedly to get all of the air out. There are a few decent videos on youtube as to how to do this subaru specific, there are a few tricks. I would be VERY careful repeatedly overheating like that, or you will certainly need a new headgasket if not already, as well you run the risk of warping your heads.

What may not have been a bad headgasket may be now at this point, make sure you check your oil and make sure it doesn't start turning cloudy like a chocolate milkshake, or that you coolant resevoir looks that way. If this is the case your headgasket is toast and your coolant and oil are mixing. At this point though honestly it sounds like you need to...

1. Bleed your cooling system, this sounds straight forward but alot of people get it wrong the first couple times.
2. Replace headgaskets
3. Have your heads machined

Personally I would be a little choked if I found out these things happened to a car before I bought it and was uninformed. If its overheated that many times it's only a matter of time before the HG starts leaking, just my .02.

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Old 06-28-2013, 03:15 AM   #10
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are you the guy pushed your wrx into super save gas last weekend?
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:19 AM   #11
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^^ true, you could have a possible air pocket trapped in the system. Check your reservoir tank and rad to see if it stinks like exhaust or really oily and vice versa for your oil. Also try burping your cooling system
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Did they properly bleed the cooling system? Could be just air in there
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To properly burp subaru cooling system you must squeeze the hoses near the top of the rad repeatedly to get all of the air out. There are a few decent videos on youtube as to how to do this subaru specific, there are a few tricks. I would be VERY careful repeatedly overheating like that, or you will certainly need a new headgasket if not already, as well you run the risk of warping your heads.

What may not have been a bad headgasket may be now at this point, make sure you check your oil and make sure it doesn't start turning cloudy like a chocolate milkshake, or that you coolant resevoir looks that way. If this is the case your headgasket is toast and your coolant and oil are mixing. At this point though honestly it sounds like you need to...

1. Bleed your cooling system, this sounds straight forward but alot of people get it wrong the first couple times.
2. Replace headgaskets
3. Have your heads machined

Personally I would be a little choked if I found out these things happened to a car before I bought it and was uninformed. If its overheated that many times it's only a matter of time before the HG starts leaking, just my .02.


Thanks guys, i will go try bleed my WRX tmr n see will it heal my car.
how can i find out whether is it headgasket or other problems??




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are you the guy pushed your wrx into super save gas last weekend?
yep... tht was me =[
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:11 PM   #12
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pressure test the cooling system, any drop in pressure means your system might have a leak or air in it.
Take into a shop and have them check the fluids to see if there is any cross contamination of your oil/coolant.

Id start with the visual inspection, then coolant pressure test, then engine compression test... that should be able to tell you what the problem area is.


wouldnt bother with an engine swap unless you can buy an engine for less than it costs to repair your problem / or too much damage from overheating and it requires a new motor.
tranny swap will be a pain, and for no better value for your car. If your trying to sell it will not help you increase your car value without sinking more money into it
sell as is and you have to knock a considerable amount of cash off the purchase price

fixing it seems to be the best way to get your money out of the car.

or I will trade you 102 donuts for it as it

Last edited by rs420; 06-28-2013 at 05:16 PM. Reason: just like price is right Jeffff
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:58 PM   #13
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