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Another (?) Gen II warranty head gasket
Posted 13 November 2003 - 01:26 PM
Speed Safely, David
Posted 13 November 2003 - 07:51 PM
Posted 13 November 2003 - 08:55 PM
Has anyone seen a leaking right side??
The Phase II suffers an external leak of coolant, unlike the Phase I which suffers a blown head gasket with coolant entering the cylinder, and cylinder gases entering the coolant system.
I have seen a few blown Phase II head gaskets, but only due to loss of coolant from an external leak causing overheating, and not from any other cause.
Has anyone encountered "blown" head gasket (not just an external leak) on Phase II's?
It is probably a good idea to change both gaskets at the same time, since it is lot of common work to change both gaskets such as removing the electric fans, timing belt, etc. Changing the left side requires 80% of the work to change the right side as well.
Some Subaru dealers were changing both sides, but now most just change the leaking side. I suppose SOA clamped down on warranty claims.
Posted 13 November 2003 - 10:04 PM
All on warranty, I glanced at the worksheet and it looked like ~$780 in parts & labor. Of course, this many challenges at 58K makes me wonder about long term. Been running synthetic oil since 6K miles, pay attention to all fluid levels, never overheating or other challenges, and average 97 miles per day driving so everything gets good and warmed up:grin: Brakes at all four corners at ~45K, but engine challenges so early are a bit worrisome. Should I expect the second set of head gaskets to live longer?
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