Thread: ('93-'01) EJ25 leaking headgasket?
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:53 PM   #2
fornetti14
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what year car do you have? I don't want to assume anything.

There's no "spring" in the timing belt tensioner on the phase II 2.5L. It's a hydraulic tensioner.

To answer your question regarding the head gaskets - the phase II 2.5L usually leaks from the outside like yours is. Sometimes it's just coolant and sometimes it's coolant and oil. Keep an eye on your engine oil and stop driving it if it turns light brown or chocolate milk colored.

The coolant passage is above the oil return passage which is why you might be leaking both. I'll get a pic. up from some of the HG repairs I've done to better explain this.
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