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Head gasket failure at 24K???


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#1 Green96GT

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 11:08 PM

My Mom's 2002 Outback blew the headgaskets at 24K. She's 75 and doesn't exactly abuse the car.

I know head gaskets are a problem, but isn't this a little outrageous? The dealer fixed it under warranty. should this repair last a while? Did they owe her a new engine, or is it OK to just do the head?

Thoughts?

#2 nipper

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 12:07 AM

Er um, yes its possible given how the HG age and what the failure mode is. Normally i would say no, but this being a subaru with a 2.5L its possible. The problem with this engine (and all similar engines) is that it is an open deck design. The open deck does not fully support the HG. Add to that any tiny air bubbles. Also if one doesnt change the antifreeze regularly it can add to the problem. Cars also age by time, not only by mileage. Good news is once its fixed its fixed. As long as she didnt bake the engine, it should be fine.
I will tell you to get an oil change though. It is a little extra insurance.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 09:18 AM

2.5's go at any time. if replaced properly it'll be trouble free from here on out. i'd rather have one go out if it'll be replaced under warranty, that's awesome. now you'll have no worries down the road.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:11 AM

The problem with this engine (and all similar engines) is that it is an open deck design. The open deck does not fully support the HG.


Huh??? The EJ18, EJ20, and EJ22 all are open-deck designs and do not have the HG issues of the EJ25.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:43 AM

Huh??? The EJ18, EJ20, and EJ22 all are open-deck designs and do not have the HG issues of the EJ25.



Good point. The 2.5L is basically a bored out 2.2L block. Some would say OVERBORED. There is precious little metal left in the 2.5L engine. For the 2.5L to not blow a head gasket everything has to be done exactly right. There is vitually no margin for error. A Subaru is not a good car for someone who checks the engine by looking through the ignition keyhole.
Subarus are hands-on cars. Either do it youself, or pay someone else, but maintenance can not be ignored with a Subaru. Subaru, reliable if maintained, damned expensive if not.

#6 nipper

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 11:04 AM

Killing 2 birds with one stone


Acording to this they were closed deck till 1995 (and some of them were hybrids) http://www.spdusa.com/turbos.htm And subaru i dont beleive have many differnt block configurations.
http://legacycentral...rature/deck.htm


I think this is also the reason you cant turbocharge a non turbo 2.5L
http://www.ttmtechni...e_building.html
http://www.carsurvey...view_61395.html
http://hondaswap.com...sed-deck-64559/ (its a honda site but great pics of what they look like).

The other ones had thicker cylinder walls. The 2.5 has thinner walls.
Another interesting read which hints at the 2.5 open deck issues. In 1999 subaru started looking at the issues (hence the coordination of dates for internal HG failures).

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 12:19 PM

Huh??? The EJ18, EJ20, and EJ22 all are open-deck designs and do not have the HG issues of the EJ25.

As a corollary - only the EJ22T was closed-deck until post 1999. At least, afaik.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 02:35 PM

Of course, one option is something like this :) :
http://www.outbackmo...gine_blocks.htm

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 03:45 PM

Of course, one option is something like this :) :
http://www.outbackmo...gine_blocks.htm


Dear Santa .....


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Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:33 PM

As Manarius has said, the only fully closed-deck EJ-series engine Subaru has ever sold in the USA is the EJ22T that is in the 91-94 Legacy Turbo. (It is NOT an EJ22G as the SPD website suggests.)

The EJ205 that was in the 02-05 WRXs is open-deck. The EJ255 and EJ257, the 2.5 turbo engines, are semi-closed deck.

And the EJ25 is NOT a bored-out EJ22. Yes, the bore is larger, but so is the stroke.

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 01:16 AM

As Manarius has said, the only fully closed-deck EJ-series engine Subaru has ever sold in the USA is the EJ22T that is in the 91-94 Legacy Turbo. (It is NOT an EJ22G as the SPD website suggests.)

The EJ205 that was in the 02-05 WRXs is open-deck. The EJ255 and EJ257, the 2.5 turbo engines, are semi-closed deck.

And the EJ25 is NOT a bored-out EJ22. Yes, the bore is larger, but so is the stroke.

If anything, the EJ22 is closer to the EG33 than it is to the EJ25. The EJ25 was a new design brought in 1996-97.

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 01:52 AM

As Manarius has said, the only fully closed-deck EJ-series engine Subaru has ever sold in the USA is the EJ22T that is in the 91-94 Legacy Turbo. (It is NOT an EJ22G as the SPD website suggests.)

The EJ205 that was in the 02-05 WRXs is open-deck. The EJ255 and EJ257, the 2.5 turbo engines, are semi-closed deck.

And the EJ25 is NOT a bored-out EJ22. Yes, the bore is larger, but so is the stroke.


Never said it was bored out... but bringing up that point and the information ive seen, i wonder if the cylinder walls are the same.

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 04:22 PM

As Manarius has said, the only fully closed-deck EJ-series engine Subaru has ever sold in the USA is the EJ22T that is in the 91-94 Legacy Turbo. (It is NOT an EJ22G as the SPD website suggests.)

The EJ205 that was in the 02-05 WRXs is open-deck. The EJ255 and EJ257, the 2.5 turbo engines, are semi-closed deck.

And the EJ25 is NOT a bored-out EJ22. Yes, the bore is larger, but so is the stroke.




I thought that the EJ25 was bored and stroked 2.2 and that in order to compensate for the stroking, the piston pin had to be relocated so the piston would not rise above the deck. This resulted in the piston skirts hitting the crank and to compensate for that, they cut the piston skirts down and is the reason for the piston slap that is so common on that engine. I could be wrong though.
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Posted 24 December 2006 - 06:29 PM

If this is so about head gasket failure. What makes the STi 2.5 any better?

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 08:26 AM

If this is so about head gasket failure. What makes the STi 2.5 any better?

Redesigned headgaskets. Subaru corrected this HG problem as soon as they heard about it by redesigning the HG's, but the cars had already been built and shipped.

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:11 PM

Redesigned headgaskets. Subaru corrected this HG problem as soon as they heard about it by redesigning the HG's, but the cars had already been built and shipped.

So when did they finally fix this?
My fathers obw wagon blew them at 34k.

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 11:18 PM

I've seen an STi come in with a blown headgasket.

We can sit here and argue over the causes all day long. One person I've talked too says the EJ25 is too big for its britches. It's tough to describe, and I don't remember everything he said, but the bore is basically too big and coupled with the longer stroke, the engine works itself apart in a way. It's not just headgaskets, the bottom ends have issues too. Then I've heard that the head bolts were not torqued properly at the factory on the EJ25s. Then as Manarius mentioned, there's talk of the headgaskets themselves being manufactured improperly.




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