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02 outback head gaskets

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#1 mrk610


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Posted 04 January 2004 - 01:32 PM

I think I have been hit with the head gasket demon. I was doing my o/f change yesterday and I always check the underside of the engine while I'm down there . Well I noticed some weeping liquid coming from the driverside head gasket .Around the # 4 cylinder .It is mostly on the back side and bottom of the block by the firewall. It is a very little amount not enough to run down the block and drip on the ground . I can't tell what it is because it is black in color and feels gritty probable from picking up road dirt and sand from the beaches here . It almost looks like when you drop some oil while filling up you car and you don't clean it up ,it attracts the dirt and grime from the road . I then checked all the other areas and found no other weeping. I don't have to add any oil between changes . I am not losing any coolant and I don't have any overheating problems .I have checked the coolant tank after driving it appears normal . Is this normal for them to weep alittle or is it the start of head gasket problems . I have a 02 outback 2.5l 4eat with 37k miles on it .

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 05:16 PM

Maybe some 'goop' just flew up there. Clean it off real well and monitor the area. I have read of external coolant leaks on the phaseII engine, but most folks say it is at a much reduced rate from the earlier engine's failurs.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 12:14 AM

I was able to stop by my dealer today on my way home from work to have them look at my heads (lol).Well the mechanic and I are becoming quite friendly these past couple of months . I was able to finally have them change my timing belt tensioner last month .
Any way back to my heads . The mechanic put the car on the lift and I showed him were i saw the leak . ON my car you can see better from the top of the engine .Mine were leaking from the back and bottom of the block around the # 4 cylinder. When I showed him it said ohh well whats another one when I do about 2 a week .He said that I caught mine early because the gasket didn't fail around the coolant jacket . Mine was only leaking oil. He is going to call SOA and see if he can autherize to have both of my heads done , since he has to pull the engine anyway.He said that there seems to be a problem with the late 01 model builds and the early 02 model builds . Mine 02 outback was built in 6/01.I'm dropping the car off next Monday and he said it will only take 1 day which seems kinda short to me .

How long did it take to have your head gaskets done . For the people on here that have had this problem .
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Posted 06 January 2004 - 06:34 AM

Mine took a day (01 OB Ltd sedan with 42K miles), so they let me have a loaner.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 10:54 AM

Mine was done in 2 days, but I think it was in conjunction with working on a couple other vehicles.

Tell him to tke his time and do a good job.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 11:49 AM

but it got a clutch, an oil slinger, and the heads went out for inspection.
Not to mention oil pump seal, water pump, tensioner, etc.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 04:27 PM

This "head gasket problem"? would it affect 2000 LegacyGT? What were the years and models for this problem?

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 04:42 PM

in late 2002, but someone correct me if I am wrong.
The early phase 1s blew them into the cooling water, and the later phase 2s blow them more as a leak to the exterior of the head.
My 99 Forester leaked externally a small amount and I would not have noticed it if people on the board had not pointed out the problem.
I think I might have assumed a small leak from a hose or water pump until it got much worse.
This is a classic phase 2 leak.
On a phase 1 the car will overheat after a hard run and into the coolant overflow tank.
I believe our Northern neighbors have a tougher time with the phase 2 as they tend to leak more when very cold.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 07:34 PM

My 02 OB Wagon (manufactured in 06/01) had the driver side head gasket leakage at around 20K in early 2003. It took the dealer three days to fix the problem and all that time I was driving a loaner Taurus. That particular week we had more than a foot of snow in Ohio. Guess what? I got stuck in snow:mad:

I don't know if that is a hardware problem (i.e. gasket design or warp head) or poor workmanship (i.e. Friday afternoon syndrome). But I was totally surprised by such early failure.

Good news is, my OBW is running fine and no more burnt smell


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