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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2003 Subaru Legacy
Question: Leaking engine oil, apparently from the head gasket
very common issues with subaru veh they need repl b4 it causes other damage.
ReplyStanM, August 18, 2012, 14:58Rookie
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?
Answer #2pushrod August 18, 2012, 19:34Master
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.
ReplyStanM, August 19, 2012, 12:18Rookie
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.