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Old 09-17-2005, 02:49 PM   #1
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Question 2.5L Head Gasket

Sorry if this has been discussed before. My mechanic says my 2.5L Forester needs a new head gasket. The week before I got the timing chain, front seal, water pump, and thermostat replaced, along with a coolant flush and new coolant. Three days later, the temp gauge indicated an overheating condition and the overflow tank was spilling coolant. The next day,the overflow was dry and I couldn't see any coolant in the radiator, so I added some, but it got full around half a gallon. The CEL is on too, with code 483? or was it 438?. I drove it about 25 minutes uphill and it didn't overheat, but the fan isn't coming on. The coolant overflow was almost full though, and my mechanic added about a quart of coolant to the system. I know that the 2.5L of this age (114K, 1998 EJ25D) has a head gasket problem due to a manufacturing defect, but are these symptoms normal? Any thoughts or comments regarding this condition, and is my mechanic's recommendation correct? Thanks
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Old 09-17-2005, 05:17 PM   #2
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is it possible that your mechanic didnt get all the air out of the cooling system, because head gasket jobs from an independent vary, but are not as much as the stealerships. i dont know what code yur throwing, but im sure somewhere on here there is a compiled list of the CEL codes.



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Old 09-17-2005, 09:36 PM   #3
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I'll ask him on Monday about the coolant air bubble thing. He'll do both head gaskets for $900, which is damn good, because the lowest quote I got (Denver Metro area) was $1500. I'll go check the code thread.
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Old 09-17-2005, 09:41 PM   #4
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Just checked the CEL thread. It's code 483, the 'cooling fan function problem'. Any comments or suggestions?
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Old 09-17-2005, 11:33 PM   #5
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To chase down problems like that you'd probably need the service manual. I'd put 12v to the fan to check it and go from there. I'm sure it would involve a relay and a signal from the ecu or coolant temp sensor.

Is the fan plugged in?

Good luck with your head gasket work.
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Old 09-18-2005, 03:26 PM   #6
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Yeah we checked and both fans ran fine when we engaged the A/C. But the wiring diagram he showed me (in the svc manual) also indicated that if the relay was bad this problem could occur. I will make sure he looks into this also. Thanks
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