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2003 Subaru Legacy Question: Leaking engine oil, apparently from the head gasket

 

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StanM, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, North Wales, PA, August 18, 2012, 08:40
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I loose about a quart of oil every 3000 miles. Can I ignore the leak and keep topping up? The leak appears to be near the exhaust pipe.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13414 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper August 18, 2012, 13:38
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    very common issues with subaru veh they need repl b4 it causes other damage.

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    StanM, August 18, 2012, 14:58
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    The car has about 66,000 miles on it. I was thinking it is okay to just top up with oil as needed rather than go through an expensive repair, since it only needs about a quart for about 3000 miles.
    What could go wrong if I continue to do that?
    How much is the estimated cost?

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    pushrod August 18, 2012, 19:34
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    YOU CAN BUY ONE HECK OF A LOT OF OIL FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST OF
    REPAIR. JUST KEEP A CHECK ON THE OIL LEVEL. WHEN IT GETS TO A QT. EVERY
    1,000 MI. THEN MAYBE THINK ABOUT THE FIX.

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    StanM, August 19, 2012, 12:18
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    Thanks; that's pretty much how I saw it too. The shop mechanic (that inspected the leak and suggested that the head gasket be replaced, a very expensive proposition) said there could be a car fire because of the leak, since it is near the exhaust pipe. That seems so remote, given the amount of leak I am experiencing.

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