I found this site after doing some research on what may be a head gasket problem with my 2008 2.5i. I love cars and racing them. I autox my Subaru and drag and lap my EvoX MR. I love that Mitsubishi and Subaru can get along on my driveway. I'm female which is a bit different from the norm in the racing scene...think I get that from my mother with the lead foot? I'm going to go to the area to try and figure out my oil leak issue and potential head gasket problems. I love my Subaru and I just bought new racing brakes and now I'm concerned about the oil leak. Thinking if I replace the both head gaskets I should do my timing belt, water pump, oil pan, and anything else? My Subaru 2.5i has 97,000kms and is a 2008.
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Posted 05 September 2016 - 09:24 AM
Posted 05 September 2016 - 01:05 PM
Thank you for the recommendations. The car runs perfectly with no overheating/ backfires and the coolant and oil are clear. I can't even see where the car is leaking from and it was only when the dealership mentioned an oil leak/head gasket possibility that this became a concern for me.
Posted 05 September 2016 - 05:17 PM
Posted 06 September 2016 - 10:46 AM
My running Subarus with the 2.5 engine are much older and give no head gasket problems. I use the little bottle of Subaru antifreeze conditioner with each coolant change. The engines have as much as 400,000 km on them, (about 250,000 miles).
I find that as the engines get older they leak at the valve cover gaskets, which is not a big deal. A leak at the back of the engine, located between the motor and transmission is a royal pain. My solution is to park where it doesn't matter if a bit of oil drips.
I learned some time back, to only use Subaru transmission fluid. My use of another premium brand, let to my having swap in a transmission out of a parts car for my 1998.
I hope this helps
Posted 06 September 2016 - 05:54 PM
Thank you guys, you've given me food for thought. Definitely my Subaru dealership is one that will gladly take my money and they can find all sorts of extra things for me to purchase before I leave there. With that said, I'm probably going to take my Subaru to my friend who's the service manager at Mitsubishi and see if he can tell me if I've got a problem or not. I'm now 3 days with no oil drips underneath my Subaru and although that doesn't mean anything, that means it's a very small leak from the head gasket if that's what it is.
Norm, what is that conditioner called and how often do you change the coolant to get those kinds of top engine km's? I use Mobile 1 synthetic in both my Evo and Subaru and change them twice a year and additional if had a race day.
Posted 21 October 2016 - 02:19 AM
Was at the dealership today and spoke with the service manager. OMG they accept no blame after warranty expires for their faulty head gasket problem although she said she knows it's a definite Subaru problem. She did get her best guy to put my car up on the hoist quickly and confirm that my left head gasket is leaking and needs to be changed soon. I told her that at 95000kms a head gasket should not need changing and I told her that I was going to take this further and speak with the regional rep and with Subaru Canada. She said that she'd support me with Subaru Canada but said that they won't cover it but may in some way help. I've looked after this car with coolant changes, and twice yearly synthetic Mobile 1 oil changes....doesn't matter what you do, Subaru head gaskets will fail. I'm going to fight this...let's see what happens.
Posted 21 October 2016 - 07:24 AM
keep us updated, curious to see what they'll do for you. The most I've ever gotten from a dealership after warranty is a big bill
Posted 08 November 2016 - 05:09 AM
I''ve had that same bill...lol. Actually not funny.. I will keep you posted.
Posted 09 November 2016 - 01:46 AM
OMG they did the ultimate and between my dealership and Subaru Canada they are 100% covering the entire cost. I think I'm still in shock, but so happy.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:34 AM
Headgasket issues in EJ2.5's has been well documented recognised and experienced universally.
THe early EJ25D (DOHC) was the worst with internal headgasket leaks leading to overheating if not recognised and compromised big end bearings if over heated.
The later EJ251 / EJ253 (SOHC) (1999-2012) weren't as bad but still had predominantly external oil / coolant leaks - fixed with resurfacing heads and using MLS (turbo) multi layer steel head gaskets.
This is universally recognised as the best way to do a better more successful headgasket replacement job on EJ2.5's
Posted 24 February 2018 - 12:22 AM
This is a known problem and very common with 2.5i and automatic transmissions. Subaru has been fairly good about extending the coverage so you did well to push it and get it sorted. Some dealers went too far, and covered too many and then Subaru did not reimburse so it has become a bit of a touchy issue. Basically has to do with engines being driven too hard when cold, cheaper head gasket, and a few other things. Major thing to watch out for when buying an Outback with this engine. Turbos do not have the issue for the most part. It is about a $1500 job at the dealer Leak usually starts on the driver's side first.
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