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Phase II SOHC head gasket??
Posted 02 August 2005 - 01:36 AM
Have a friend buying a 2000 forester with the Phase II SOHC 2.5...couple of questions
1. IS this as prone to HG failure as the phase I and if so where can they get the goop to help prevent it
2. Is this interference or non-interference
Posted 02 August 2005 - 05:43 AM
As far as phase II Head gaskets, they are suspect to an external coolant leak. I would recommend ONLY the dealer/Subaru purchased sealer. You have an all Aluminum block and radiator. I wouldn't trust any other off the shelf sealer than what Subaru tested. They tried a few for over 2 yrs before releasing the one they did (My $.02).
Most Phase II 2.5's will not develop this leak, but after the phase I problems, Subaru was under pressure to insure the phase II's didn't follow the same pattern. Also external leaks like this are remedied easily by a sealer.
As far as being an interference engine, Most out there today are. Just be sure to do your maintainence at the recommended service intervals and you should be fine.
Posted 02 August 2005 - 06:56 AM
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Posted 02 August 2005 - 06:59 PM
interesting...well i guess we will check the timing belt....thanks for the info on the HG's...if i take it to a suby dealer is the additive free or do we have to pay?
That additive is only $2.50 at the local dealer here.
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