I have a 96 Legacy L Wagon with an EJ22 in it. I have 120,000 on the car, I bought it 3,000 miles ago. Now I have a head gasket leaking coolant from the passenger side under the timing belt cover (according to my mechanic).
The car runs fine. It has not overheated. I brought it in to have the cam and crank seals done because they were dumping oil. I am reading more and more about how uncommon this head gasket issue is on the 2.2. I am starting to wonder if this guy has it wrong.
Is there something else I should check out?
In order to do this, I need to cut some of the parts costs.
Do I have to get OEM head set? Is there something more reasonably priced available that will hold up for the many miles I have left on this engine if I can get it on track again? Quoted parts: $440 That seems higher than it has to be from my searches around the web.
Do I have to put in a new head bolt, too? I know some are designed to expand once. Is that true on this? Quoted: $125
I have checked out few videos showing how easy it is to plane the heads, too. Easy enough for me to do on my own without messing it up? That would cut a significant cost for me, too. Quoted: $150
I would love to dig into it myself, but without a lot of experience, I need a big confidence boost or someone who knows more than me to help me out with it.
Thanks for you help.