2000 Subaru Legacy Q&A
2000 Subaru Legacy Question: Headgasket - leaking oil - How would I know if I need to replace or tighten?
My vehicle is a Legacy Outback. Some times I smell a burning smell. Some times it smells like oil and other times like hot water. The dealer showed me that I have oil leaking from Head gasket. There is oil accumulated on parts under the car, but I have never seen any oil on the ground where I park. The dealer said I need to replace the Head gasket for $1,500. I have the following two questions, please: 1) A friend was told she had to replace her Head gasket and then a second mechanic said it just needed to be tightened. How do I know if it needs to be replaced or tightened? 2) If I replace the Head gasket, is there any chance, there would be a recurring problem with this car? - Lanahan
I have never heard of "just tightening" head bolts. The leaking head gaskets will need to be replaced to fix the leak. Head gasket issues are not uncommon for Subaru engines. Will it happen again, maybe... - Jim Taddei
may be,because there are more element involve in a motor,such as PCV valve,crank seal,cam seal etc - Visitor