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2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Question: My second Subaru has leaking head gaskets at around 90K.

 

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knahs, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Hagerstown, MD, July 11, 2012, 01:41
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Dealer says it is because the independent mechanic I get service at does not add the Subaru additive during a flush and fill and encouraged me to use dealer for service. I can't afford the dealer. Is there a secret additive they add during a flush and fill that a regular mechanic would not know about?

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13943 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper July 11, 2012, 05:33
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    this is a very common problem with these, they almost all start leaking around 100k miles. its not you mech fault. try retorquing the heads

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    pushrod, July 11, 2012, 17:37
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    How did your first one do.If it did the same thing, maybe it's time to change makes.
    The answer was right this is a very common problem,along with others on Subaru.

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    knahs, July 12, 2012, 01:38
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    I traded first one in (1988 XT6) - current 2004 Impreza is just starting - not sure if I should try to repair or just trade again. Dealer said new head gaskets would be $2,500-$3,000. What does retorquing of heads run and is there any guarantee this would let car last another 3-4 years?

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