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Old 03-12-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Engine Hesitation and Check Engine Light

My 1999 Outback has had an intermittent problem for a while now, where the engine hesitates during acceleration/braking. Coming off the highway onto a ramp for example, or when a burst of power is needed going from level road to climbing a hill. Lately, it started displaying this behavior when coming off from a standing start, so I took it in to the dealer today.

According the mechanic, the coil is corroded and valve covers are leaking. He thinks the coil is the main culprit, with the valve covers something that should be done in the near future. He estimates $425 or so for the coil, $550 or so for the valves.

Does this sound unreasonable to folks? Searching around for the parts, the prices seem about in line, and I knew the valves were going to need some work in the near future. A new car isn't in the cards this year, so getting this one fixed up is the best option; I just don't want to get scalped on the repairs.

Any advice appreciated,
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Old 03-21-2004, 10:46 PM   #2
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You put the words "and Check Engine Light" in your subject line, then didn't refer to it. I think if your light is coming on, you should be able to get a good diagnosis of the problem via an onboard systems diagnostics tool. (I go to an independent mechanic, not Subaru for this. It's cheaper and has been way more accurate.) Auto Zone shops will usually do it for free, too, and help you figure out what the codes mean.
My '98 OB has always had a bit of hesitation, and it's worse at cold start in winter. (A K&N air filter has helped some, but slight hesitation is still there)... At the least, I'd get a second opinion about the coil/valves.
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Old 03-22-2004, 09:09 AM   #3
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He's not gonna touch the valves at all, just the covers. All the EJ25 valve covers seem to end up leaking... I know my '97 drips oil all over the place.

$550 for the valve covers is a great price... for the mechanic! All you need are a few gaskets per side, unbolt the valve cover on each side, then replace gaskets and put it back together!
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