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#1 pcwizard2600

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 05:38 PM

Sorry to post what is probably another redundant head gasket question, but here goes; I just purchased a 98 Legacy Outback Wagon with 116k on it. It is in very clean condition, has had the timing belt replaced recently, has a new clutch, and CarFax says there are no open recalls. I bought this from a used car dealer that specializes in pre owned subaru. (He has a good reputation) He said at this point there are no signs of head gasket problems, but based on all the posts, I'm sure that someday it will be needed. I'm a former auto technician (Master certified ASE, Chevrolet, & VW). Has anyone attempted to replace their own head gaskets, as opposed to taking it to a dealer? If so, what kind of job is it?

Thanks....

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 06:50 PM

he did a very nice write up when he changed his.
Frankly yours is about like doing two Hondas with two heads and two timing belts I believe.

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 07:00 PM

Yup, check out "theotherskip"

Here is the link for his write-up; it's so good that it almost brought me to tears:

http://mysite.verizo...eplacement.html

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 08:08 PM

Thanks for the info and the link. Awesome write up on the procedure!


Thanks again!!

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 09:31 AM

FWIW, I'm beginning to think that SOA is technically correct in saying they don't have a problem with head gaskets. The real culprit may actually be warped heads - which leads to head gasket failure.

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 12:27 PM

FWIW, I'm beginning to think that SOA is technically correct in saying they don't have a problem with head gaskets. The real culprit may actually be warped heads - which leads to head gasket failure.



But then why do all the head warp, i dought that every one that has replaced there engine has over heated it.

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 04:15 PM

on my phase I engine, the heads were not out of spec. I had a machinest check. they didn't require any reconditioning, though i had new valve guides put in. iirc, 99obw's weren't warped either...




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