Blown head gasket, how?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by PCB, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. PCB

    PCB Guest

    I was driving my 95 Legacy LS wagon w/auto transmission yesterday and
    the cooling system exploded. I then drove it under 10mph for about one
    mile and found a good place to pull over. After checking under the
    hood, I could tell that the fitting on the radiator that the hose
    attaches to had broken.

    The garage that I had the car taken to says that it has a blown head
    gasket. Says that this coolant system failure and a thermastat failure
    a couple weeks earlier (which I had fixed) were signs of it. I am just
    beside myself. How could it happen on this Subaru? I have checked the
    oil regularly.

    Some vehicle history: This is a 95 Legacy LS wagon with auto
    transmission. It¹s got approx 150k milage. I have checked the oil
    regularly since I obtained the car (got it at around 144k). When I
    bought it, I had my garage check it out during the 48-hour grace period
    to make sure I was not buying a lemon. They found that the engine had
    some typical Subaru oil leaks and then fixed them.
     
    PCB, Nov 3, 2004
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  2. It's a "Subaru"!! read back a ways on this group. You will find that this is
    a common problem, among some other goodies.
    Just keep telling yourself, this is a RACE/Rally car and these failures are
    normal........

    Now it's time for a $2500 engine for a $500 car........
     
    Dr. Rastis Fafoofnik, Nov 3, 2004
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  3. PCB

    George Adams Guest

    From: PCB
    Nothing lasts forever, and checking the oil has nothing to do with gasket
    failure. Have you had the coolant changed every 30K?

    Even with regular maintenance parts will eventually fail. The head gaskets on
    my 1998 Forester went at 178,000. Fortunately, it wasn't a catastrophic failure
    like yours, so I was able to nurse it to my repair shop with no further damage.
    These things will happen when you buy cars with that much mileage. Did you get
    any kind of a maintenance history with it?
    I doubt your mechanic could predict gasket failure. I really don't know what
    you're asking here. Repairs are part and parcel of buying high mileage used
    cars. That's why they are cheap.

    George Adams

    "All good fishermen stay young until they die, for fishing is the only dream of
    youth that doth not grow stale with age."
    ---- J.W Muller
     
    George Adams, Nov 3, 2004
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  4. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "exploded" - sounds like the hose clamp
    failed - anything else?
    Driving for 1 mile with no coolant in the engine warped the heads which in
    turn caused the gasket to fail.
    What does this have to do with a coolant failure?

    Which engine is this? The 2.2 SOHC or the 2.5 DOHC. The former is pretty
    much bullet proof, but the latter had many many head problems because the
    design was too weak. Search google groups for many many posts about this
    problem.
     
    Dominic Richens, Nov 3, 2004
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  5. PCB

    Nige Guest

    Hey fucker, I see you soon changed your online e-mail address from mine? Get some heat did you?

    You silly gobshite.

    ****
     
    Nige, Nov 3, 2004
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  6. PCB

    Hallraker Guest

    Since you just got it, I'm going to venture a guess that something was wrong
    and the previous owner did a decent cover-up. It is quite possible that it
    was suffering from problems for a while, and for example, the former owner
    used some quick-fix product to hide the evidence.

    A blown head gasket can be expensive, but it's not the end of the world.
    The engine should still be good, and with some new gaskets, good for at
    least another 100k.

    -Matt
     
    Hallraker, Nov 3, 2004
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  7. HAHAHA...you silver tongue devil you(asswipe). changed e-mail address from
    yours? nope..look again (CLOWN). Get some heat from who?? I didnt get any
    heat (you jerk) was I supposed to? Just because I think your a
    moron/idiot/imbecile doesnt get me any "heat" from my ISP, they know your a
    wanker.
    And what the hell is a gobshite? damn limeys......speak a foreign dialect
    all their own...like cockney.....
    Sounds like YOUR blowing a head gasket there Nige!(short for moron)
     
    Dr. Rastis Fafoofnik, Nov 4, 2004
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  8. PCB

    GW De Lacey Guest

    On Thu, 04 Nov 2004 04:12:21 GMT, Dr. Rastis Fafoofnik wrote:

    [...]
    I thought I had you killfiled!

    <PLONK>

    This time stay there.
     
    GW De Lacey, Nov 4, 2004
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  9. Oh hurt me baby :)
     
    Dr. Rastis Fafoofnik, Nov 4, 2004
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  10. ?
     
    Dr. Rastis Fafoofnik, Nov 5, 2004
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