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best head gaskets?
Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:50 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:02 PM
Nipper gives a lot of information about the benefits of sticking with OEM
Especially important on 2.5d engine in your car (like mine)
Edited by Ionlyhave3suubs, 24 January 2011 - 09:08 PM.
add link to another thread
Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:18 PM
If you read around here you'll see folks have tried others, and name brands (and generics) and are even better doing it the second time with OEM parts.
Poke around. Most of us do idlers, oil pump Oring (and check the screws) crank seal, cam seals, often WP, etc. It's easiest to yank the engine so reseal the baffle plate while you're at it and throw some new NGK cheap plugs in to (the ones w/Green writing). Of course a TB and you should be set for quite a while.
Look here for burping procedures also.
Not a bad job really.
Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:08 AM
Others have, and will fail and be a bad choice.
Posted 25 January 2011 - 03:48 AM
On a few occasions I have used Cometic HG's with no complaints or problems. Not sure how they price up against OEM, but they worked for me so I will stick with them.
"And..... cue the negative responses....:popcorn:"
I have had pretty good luck with those on EJ20 WRX engines here when customers request them. Unless requested though, I use Genuine Subaru only.
Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:32 AM
This is one engine you don't want to use a Fel-Pro headgasket on. Great gaskets on some Subaru engines, but not this one.
I'd double check to make sure they haven't bee previously replaced.
Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:52 PM
The engine does seem to have a small knocking at idle, but it goes away at about 1,000 - 1500 RPM. ?????
What is this baffle that I have heard about? Dennis
Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:11 PM
When you pull the engine youi'll see it on the back. I say it kinda looks like the state of Florida. While it's out do this but not the rear main.
I always throw plugs in it while it's out because it's so much easier.
Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:44 PM
While the engine is out go ahead and replace the spark plugs. Its a lot easier to replace them when the engine is out. Use the cheap NGKs, the platinums and irridiums are just a waste of money. If you replace spark plug wires too, only use OEM. Lots of folks have had problems with aftermarket. I personally bought a Beck Arnley set for one of my ej2.5d powered cars before I read about problems others have had with aftermarket. I have not had any problems with those (have been on for a year), but best I recall they were not much cheaper than OEM, have bought OEMs for my other 2 cars since then. Kinda waiting to see how the Becks do on the first one since they are already there now.
Edited by Ionlyhave3suubs, 25 January 2011 - 11:49 PM.
Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:48 PM
I just got a '98 Forester. It seems to have the original head gaskets @ 122K miles. I'm contemplating a preventative head gasket replacement. What gaskets do people recommend? (I'm a certified mechanic, but this is my first Subaru. It came with all 3 factory service manuals) Dennis
None. If it isnt broken do not fix it. I don't know why you are in a rush to change something that may never go bad. Personally I think it may be a gamble, as there are just as many soobies on here that go forever on the original HG as there are that blow them. Also it is rare that forester blows them. It happens, but personally I would just drive the car.
Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:57 PM
Also it is rare that forester blows them.
Is there something different about the Forester engine from the Outback engine? Just wondering.
Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:08 AM
Why do some blow and others don't... why do some people get hit by busses and others dont.
I have not looked at the gearing between the forester and the outback. Maybe it is gearing, i really do not know why, unless we just do not see the complaints here. I know on the Austrailia board there was only 1 hg forester complaint. Granted i am not on the forester board (maybe i should correct that).
But back to the OP. YOu made it this far let it be. AT this point if it goes, it will be more about maint, etc
My money is on you going on for a lot more miles as long as you run decent gas, keep your knocke sensor circuit good, do tuneups, change anitfreeze, and avoid trees.
Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:39 AM
We have it here, why no there?
made in usa for here, vs made in japan for there perhaps?
Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:03 PM
The engines come from Japan, as well as the transmissions for the years affected.
Posted 27 January 2011 - 06:13 PM
Just found out last night that I didn't get the L.H. cam cover gasket in correctly (2 tries). Something I couldn't see must have slipped out. It is a shame they couldn't have put about 1 more inch between the engine and the body rails. Dennis
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