Close
Car Questions
RepairPal is your advocate for car care advice and guidance

Coolant in the Oil

(1998 Subaru Forester)
in Oak Park, MI on May 06, 2009
Had the Subaru checked out about a year ago, and they informed me that they had found coolant in the oil. I opted not to have the service done, as the dealer began the estimate around $1200+.
Less than a year later, the car has developed a habit of overheating. I went to a different shop (3 separate times, in less than 2 months) to have the radiator hose replaced (top hose), then the heater hoses, then the bottom radiator hose.
Still, she won't go more than 10 or so miles before the temp gauge sky-rockets.
I've asked a few auto-knowledgeable friends, and they say I'm better off getting rid of it, instead of trying to get it repaired.
Thing is, it's paid off, insurance is low, and it serves most all of my needs of an all-purpose daily driver.
Any ideas?
Displaying 2 answers & 0 comments
Popular Answer
I agree with Matt. I work on a lot of these Subarus, get a repair shop to do a "block check". It is a chemical check that looks for the presence of Carbon Monoxide in the cooling system, Carbon Monoxide is a by product of combustion and will only be present in the cooling system if the head gasket is blown or the head is cracked.
on May 06, 2009
I've heard that these cars have common problems with the head gaskets, which sounds like what you were diagnosed with last year. Letting that go unrepaired may have caused more damage, as I also believe that cracks in the cylinder heads is not unheard of.

http://repairpal.com/subaru-forester-1998

The repair would be very expensive, regardless of whether it's a head gasket or cylinder heads. You have to weigh that against how expensive a newer car is.
Get a repair estimate
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 2,000 quality certified locations nationwide.
Or interested in getting a repair? Find a Shop

Similar Questions

View answers to similar questions from RepairPal's community of auto experts and enthusiasts.
My car has overheated to the point it shuts down. i took my car to the mechanic and they replaced the fan. still over...
I have a 1990 volvo dl wagon. when i fill the water resevoir, all the water runs out on ground. i don't see any probl...
Didn't find what you were looking for?