damn! head gasket at less than 60000 miles?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by 4MLA1FN, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. 4MLA1FN

    4MLA1FN Guest

    my wife's 2000 outback has had a slow coolant leak for a little bit.
    i finally took it in today. it's a head gasket. the car has barely
    any mileage (i consider 60k a joke.) is this common? man, i should
    have gotten that extended warranty. :( guess i'll look into it for my
    '04 sti.
    4MLA1FN, Dec 9, 2003
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  2. Hi,

    I thought it was premature, but when I blew a headgasket at ~69k on a
    Toyota truck, my machine shop guy said not at all. He said early
    failure's not unusual on today's engines cuz the heads are generally
    "empty" (not a lot of metal) to maintain a lot of coolant flow. So they
    suffer a fair amount of thermal warpage.

    He told me the good news is this warpage is pretty much "one way." In
    other words, the head warps, you resurface it and install new gaskets,
    drive off happy and don't worry about it again. On the Toyota, he was
    right. I haven't replaced the gaskets on my Subie yet, so can't speak to
    that engine.

    If it's just a little seepage, and you haven't already committed to
    having it torn down, a little bit of Aluma-seal may help. My head
    gaskets drip occasionally, and I add about 1/4 tube (the aluminum powder
    stuff, not a liquid variety) at each coolant change, about once a year,
    and it generally takes care of business. Lots easier and cheaper than
    replacing head gaskets that aren't blown.

    Best of luck,

    Rick Courtright, Dec 9, 2003
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    4MLA1FN Guest

    hi rick. thanks for the reply. i did a little digging and found that
    the gasket would be covered under the 5/60 powertrain warranty. the
    car has 60,400. they agreed to cover it. WHEW!
    well, i'll hope for the best for my sti; it has a semi-closed deck,
    which, in addition to strenghtening the cylinder, will hopefully
    prevent general warpage. i'm still going to get the extended warranty

    thanks again.
    4MLA1FN, Dec 9, 2003
  4. Don't know how common it is, but my '02 OBS had a leaking head gasket
    at around 60,000. Glad I had the extended warranty.
    Richard Kaszeta, Dec 15, 2003
  5. My brother had to have the head gasket replaced in his Outback. I've heard
    it is a problem with the 2.5L engine.

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    Ed Fortmiller, Dec 16, 2003
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    That Guy Guest

    So it had over 60,000 miles on it when the gasket went and they covered it?
    Very cool. Who's the dealer?
    That Guy, Dec 19, 2003
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    Emmy Guest

    I have a 99 Forester and I experienced the same problem about 6 months ago.
    I was told that
    the radiator cap was faulty which caused the engine to overheat. I was
    still under the 36,000/3 years warranty.

    Good luck,
    Emmy, Dec 24, 2003
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