Overheating sporadically? Water backing up into the engine creating pressure?

Asked by May 13, 2013 at 02:44 PM about the 1999 Subaru Forester Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 Outback which had to get an engine rebuild 3 years ago at miles 124K due to water backing up into the engine and coming out the pistons - symptoms were car overheating and stalling.  Now I'm told my 99 Forester has the same problem at miles 138K.  I was also told that this is a problem with that era Subaru engine.  True? Anyway to fix besides a complete rebuild?

6 Answers

6,555

Replace the headgaskets with some more durable headgaskets.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Nick, how extensive is the headgasket replacement job?

6,555

well with as many miles as you have if you havn't done a timing belt, oil and water pump recently do them as well since you'll be taking the timing belt off and retiming the motor when you reassemble but aside from that it's loosening your motor mounts, jack the motor up a bit, remove the valve covers and heads, remove the old gaskets, and assembly is reverse, that's the basics of it.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Had timing belt, had water pump replaced already - somehow all this sounds complicated and expensive since I will be paying someone to do it. thanks.

6,555

I wanna say to have the head gaskets could run you between 600-800 bucks, get layered "cosmetic" gaskets for the replacements and you'll be golden for a long time.

thanks - I guess I need a new mechanic since I'm being quoted $1700. Of course I'm in California where all this stuff is more expensive. I think I have to use this as an excuse to get a new car. thanks.

Your Answer

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 35,838 nationwide Forester listings starting at $750.

ZIP:

Subaru Forester Experts

  • #1
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    3,870
  • #2
    walth
    Reputation
    3,240
  • #3
    lifeson34
    Reputation
    2,720
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
388 Great Deals out of 34,968 listings starting at $199
Used Honda CR-V
719 Great Deals out of 56,943 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota RAV4
673 Great Deals out of 45,921 listings starting at $1,195
Used Subaru Impreza
191 Great Deals out of 20,694 listings starting at $1,950
Used Subaru Legacy
209 Great Deals out of 15,535 listings starting at $1,690
Used Toyota 4Runner
277 Great Deals out of 23,164 listings starting at $2,300
Used Honda Accord
968 Great Deals out of 59,135 listings starting at $1,099
Used Toyota Tacoma
545 Great Deals out of 44,361 listings starting at $1,790

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Forester For Sale
25,450 listings starting at $19,791
2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 1,732 listings starting at $19,900
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 1,119 listings starting at $14,400
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
132 Great Deals out of 2,610 listings starting at $11,995
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,078 listings starting at $9,990

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.