No intake valve clearance and very big exhaust valve clearance?

Discussion in 'Subaru Legacy' started by twirlpool, Sep 19, 2022.

  1. twirlpool


    Sep 19, 2022
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    I acquired a 99 Legacy 2.5 GT with a bad timing belt. Up until that, it was driven for awhile on a blown head gasket.

    I've been rebuilding it and am now reassembling the heads after having reinstalled them onto the block. The passenger side valve clearances are mostly all out of spec, but not by more than .003". The driver side ones are very off though. I can't even get my .001" feeler gauge into the intake side, and the exhaust side all have an actual visible gap of about ⅛".

    I checked these all with the caps installed and torqued. The valves and cams are straight, and the valve seats and cam journals look unscathed. I thought maybe I'd mixed up the valve springs, but I think that would cause the opposite scenario to happen.

    I'm wondering if anyone has seen this before or has any other ideas. Thanks
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2022
    twirlpool, Sep 19, 2022
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