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2000 Legacy GT problems
Posted 07 October 2003 - 07:20 PM
CEL's several times, new injectors on 1 & 3 cyls for sure possibly 2x on #3, now dealer says that head gaskets are gone. They want to check based on a compression test reading of 150# from the #4 cylinder with no other cylinders checked... will have to commit to a 10 hr labour charge to R&R the heads. Dealer is absolutely confident that thais is the problem. I challenged them by asking what if it isn't? We have written a looong letter to the President & CEO of Subaru Canada to get a response. So far... they are looking into the problem.
Any other out there with similiar problems?
you can see the letter here:
Posted 07 October 2003 - 07:49 PM
The overheating you describe in your letter does sound like head gasket failure. I don't think a compression test under ideal conditions is a reliable way to diagnose head gasket failure in these engines. Testing only one cylinder is inconclusive for sure. Insist that they test the coolant for combustion gasses. A leakdown test of the cylinder or cooling system may be useful as well.
Well written letter.
Posted 07 October 2003 - 09:45 PM
Posted 08 October 2003 - 05:45 AM
As has been said on this board before, testing the coolant is the best way, or maybe a pressure test on the cooling system.
It's hard to choke out the words "Sorry that you have to get a head job", but in this case, I guess it fits.
Posted 08 October 2003 - 12:49 PM
A lot of these things leak while hot and then cool down and hold.
Even when you tear down an engine with a slight leak it can be really tough to find the spot where it leaked.
I agree with TC that a coolant test is a winner. The residue stays
in the coolant after the engine cools down.
Posted 26 October 2003 - 09:51 PM
#4 as well.
Ran fine until the coolant flush - then headgasket leaked right away.
Warrantee got mine...
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