1998 Subaru Impreza Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Subaru Impreza Outback

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Front engine oil leaks can develop from the camshaft seal and the crankshaft front seal. If one or more seals require replacement, it may be wise to consider replacing the timing belt as well. These seals are commonly inspected and replaced as needed as part of a timing belt service.

The leak may develop from the oil pump seal. Our technicians prefer to use thread locker when replacing the seal to prevent the bolts from becoming loose again.

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CEL came on after abrupt pot hole bump at 5 mph. Several attempts to clear fail with light return at reconnect startup.

Heater only blows cold air. I'm a novice but would like to diagnose and fix problem myself. Thanks.

Car running great. What could cause the above? It has happened only once just overnight at its usual parking place.

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