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Old 05-01-2019, 04:55 PM   #5
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Join Date: Aug 2009
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Clear Lake, TX
2011 Outback Sport


$450 sounds like he would just be replacing the old head gaskets and timing belt bits then dropping it in the car. But, with a donor engine you want to know if it's been chewing up bearings.

So, put it on an engine stand to drain any oil and check for metal. If it doesn't have any oil, add a couple quarts, rotate the engine around a few times on the stand to slosh it about rotate the crank a couple times and then slosh the oils some more. Then wait 15 minutes and drain, again checking for metal. (Make sure you're draining into an extremely clean pan so you don't get a false positive on metal flakes.)

Pull the heads, check the cylinder walls for unusual wear, replace all the gaskets and seals in the heads, then bolt them back on with new head bolts. Should be a weekend's work.

The camshaft seals might require Torx Plus bits. I got these: No, you can't use normal torx bits. There might also be a way to do the seals without unbolting anything, look around for a tutorial.

I don't know how much it'll cost for a local shop. You'll just have to call up a few places and ask.
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