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EA71 Blown Head gasket symptoms?


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#1 tscinmd

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 05:27 PM

Just picked up an 80 DL 1600 cheap ... 52k original miles. Think the head gasket may be blown ... getting a little frothy mix of fluid in the breather. I didn't see anything on the dipstick.... no funky stuff comming out of the tail pipe. If it is a head gasket ? Do they still make them for the ea71 ? How much time is involved in replacing one or both, and can i do it without pulling the motor?

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 06:27 PM

Can be done one car.
See if you can find you older dealership and talk to the older techs.The Service Dept. might even let you borrow,or have the tools required.It's nice to have the alignment tool and special socket,but you can indeed get by without them.

You might be able to get the dealer to procure the headgaskets.If not,you'll find decent aftermarket ones,sometimes Subaru's own,on eBay.

If you're in a pinch and can't wait I can sell you a set.I also have a complete engine re-seal kit if you want to go hog wild.

Email me or use the PM if you need anything for the EA71.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 08:41 PM

Would the milky residue in the breather be a sure sign of a blown gasket? Its not that much, just a little is in there after it has been run, Although I haven't driven it very hard, just on the backroads.

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 07:58 PM

Is it kind of off white,creamy?Under the oil filler cap too?Most likely needs headgaskets.But if you really like the car,have those heads resurfaced,checked thoroughly,valve grind,new headgaskets,fresh exhaust gaskets,and drive comfortably for a long time.

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 08:14 PM

Nope, didn't see any under the oil filler cap.

Now the residue looks more like oil than anything ...made another post about it. See this post.

oily residue




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