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High mileage award with a 1997 EJ25.........
Posted 28 October 2004 - 06:58 AM
I have a 1997 Outback that has 166,000 miles on it.I got a reward for the high mileage........a blown head gasket! I was very excited when I got this prestigious award. In fact ,I was so excited I just tore my engine apart last nite in my driveway! I may be sounding like a broken recordon this forum about HG replacement. I have started to read thru everyone's glrious experience but have not come across some important info. I'm concerned about rebuilding with factory parts (like factory HG). Are there aftermarket parts that are better than the factory parts? If so, what brand do I go with? I heard there is a 5 layer HG but article did not say who makes or where to get it.
Also, I got a second suprise award..........a rod knock! So I need info on a good quality rebuild kit(incl pistons, rings, seals and gaskets). I'm in a hurry to get back running since this work is being completed in my driveway and the snow is sure to fly soon here in western NY.
Thanks for all your help!!
Posted 28 October 2004 - 07:07 AM
Posted 28 October 2004 - 09:16 AM
signed:in pieces(meaning my engine)
Posted 28 October 2004 - 06:53 PM
Posted 28 October 2004 - 08:39 PM
Posted 28 October 2004 - 09:43 PM
Posted 28 October 2004 - 09:53 PM
Posted 28 October 2004 - 10:55 PM
I'd be loath to use anything other than OEM parts for the gaskets and seals for these engines. Subarus are not that common. I doubt that you will find much out there on the aftermarket.
Btw... I got to 160k miles before mine failed. I'm just coming up on 100k miles on the "new" (but still Phase I) engine.
Posted 28 October 2004 - 11:20 PM
We can't even get the rings from NPR yet, and they are the manufacturer! Ditto on most of the bearings and other parts.
You'll need to go to the dealer for just about everything...sorry.
Posted 29 October 2004 - 07:16 AM
What's your thought on the rod knock sound happening at the same time as the HG? Bad crank or main bearings? I have not split the case yet, so I'm not sure what to expect. I have an engine hoist coming this weekend. Would you also go with factory pistons and rings or would you go aftermarket?
Again, thanks for the help!
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