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Old 05-02-2004, 06:51 AM   #1
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Subaru Stars Urg. Another head gasket.

At 90k, my 1995 Legacy L went in for the routine checkup, and they found a worn headgasket. Now, it's at 98k and it's making the same sound it did before. It also is showing a momentary rapid drop on the temp sensor. I'm assuming the thermostat sees a temp increase and goes 'Oh! noes!' and opens or closes a little more.

It's not gone yet. But it's going to go soon. Maybe it'll get replaced again at the 100k.

Oh, yeah, that's right. They replaced the clutch too. While dropping a friend off at his house, my car got stuck. My foot slipped off the clutch, and it got smoked. There was excessive slip on the way home... Then, the next day, it was gripping like it always did. It hasn't slipped since, but still. I think it's going to get replaced again.

Should I have anything else done while it's in for the 100k? Maybe have the tranny rebuilt, due to the clutch drops I did that caused the first clutch replacement?
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Old 05-02-2004, 10:18 AM   #2
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? Did they replace the HG at 90K?
How do you "find" a worn HG?

If they replaced it the first time, what warranty did they give you and are you still covered?

As to the clutch and trans, if it is working now correctly I would leave it alone. Save some money for when it goes again.
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Old 05-02-2004, 03:40 PM   #3
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? Did they replace the HG at 90K?
How do you "find" a worn HG?

If they replaced it the first time, what warranty did they give you and are you still covered?

As to the clutch and trans, if it is working now correctly I would leave it alone. Save some money for when it goes again.
Yeah, they replaced the Head Gasket at 90k.

I don't know. We didn't take it to a stealership. We took it to someplace else that does foreign auto. And, no, I don't think it's under warrenty.

After the 90k was done, the hill holder stopped working and the clutch throw changed. I'm not sure if they installed the clutch correctly. Going to have them check it out and fix it.
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Old 05-03-2004, 01:46 PM   #4
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I believe it tells you how to adjust the hill holder mechanism in the owner's manual (I'm pretty sure it does on mine, a 98 L). You can also adjust the amount of free play on the clutch. When the stealership changed the clutch on my car, they put in 2" of free play
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Old 05-03-2004, 10:10 PM   #5
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Not a thing in the manual. I've looked. I'm pretty sure that the hill holder isn't working because the freeplay is off.

I kept an eye on the temp gauge today. It kept wavering at the normal line and dropping a little. It was a warm day today, too. I don't understand why it wasn't going up?

I reset the ECU. Idle is a lot smoother now.
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