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help! leaking engine block '84 brat
Posted 29 July 2004 - 06:03 PM
Bought a 1984 Subaru Brat off ebay 2 mos ago, seller lied about engine leaks. I had my usual mechanic go over it, replaced rear seal and just about every seal he could lay his hands on. Get it back, still leaking like crazy. Took it back, he put in that glowing stuff, (I did get to wear those cool goggles), and he shows me that it is leaking around the block. He says he had trouble getting upper bolt to tighten, thinks there is a hairline crack maybe. We're thinking replacement. Of course I'm not a happy camper because I just paid too much to have every seal replaced!!!! What do you guys think about this? Where can I even find another ea81 engine (I'm biased against rebuilds)?
Any help is much appreciated! This is my dream car, I am an extremely proud Brat owner, and I want her to run forever!
Posted 29 July 2004 - 07:34 PM
The first place that you can start is the marketplace forum. There maybe one on there every once in a while.
A Pick a part is also another source.
Good luck and congrats on your BRAT.
Posted 29 July 2004 - 09:40 PM
Posted 29 July 2004 - 10:12 PM
Posted 29 July 2004 - 10:30 PM
Posted 29 July 2004 - 10:37 PM
Posted 30 July 2004 - 11:31 AM
What fluid are you leaking and from where exactly? I have never seen an EA81 crack a block.... possible I suppose, but unlikely I should think. The head gaskets will blow log before the block crack's..... manufacturing defect's do happen, but one would think it would have shown itself long before it reached the age it is now.... Sounds like you need a new mechanic - he's debugging your car with new parts - never a good sign in my opinion. Unless he can demonstrate that the block is indeed cracked, he's just speculating. When he points to a huge crevice and says "there it is", and you can both see it, you can believe it, but until then get another opinion.
Posted 31 July 2004 - 09:31 AM
Didn't you say that your mechanic had replaced all the seals and stuff? Sounds like the valve cover gaskets are leaking, easy fix less than $10 in parts. Find yourself a real mechanic.
Although the cylinder heads are leaking motor oil also, there is no smoke so I don't think there's a blowen head gasket, but I don't know enough to make that call.
Could you post some pics. of this crack, your talking about?
Posted 31 July 2004 - 11:10 AM
PS: Ebay has a pretty good fraud prevention program. It may not be worth the effort or aggravation, but you might have some recourse through ebay to recover some of the cost of resolving/repairing this.
Posted 31 July 2004 - 05:40 PM
Is this your 1st Subaru? Every Subaru I have owned has leaked oil. Even engines Ive resealed. Its just a common problem with the Flat 4 design, but one we live with.
Enjoy the brat, and carry a couple quarts behind the seat. Think nothing of it until you see the smoke out the tailpipe and have fun driving with the T-Tops open
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