2000 Outback headgasket

Asked by Dec 16, 2010 at 10:25 AM about the 2000 Subaru Outback Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2000 Outback with a 2.5 has a leaking headgasket again.  We got it fixed this March for $1600 and it is dripping anti-freeze on the exhaust manifold again.  What does it take to keep this thing from leaking?

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proper replacement with a new part and make sure the head studs are properlt torqued also have the head checked for any gouges in it that may be allowing the leak.

Subaru also sells a "cooling system conditioner" for like 2 bucks which has helped a lot with mine. Would be nice if they provided a better gasket rather than selling a product to make it ok but...that buisness. Also, they sell a head gasket repair liquid (BARS LEAKS makes one) which you can run for an hour or so and has kept oil out of my coolant reservoir for a few thousand miles....cheap alternative to replacing the gasket (you get what you pay for)..

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it all depends on which of the 2.5 blocks u have. Subaru have what is called an Open deck and Semi open deck. The latter employs a small casting of material between the cylinder walls and the outside of the block. This causes a massive issue when the engine goes a little above standard operating temperature, the cylinder walls expand a little and these litle castings push the black walls outwards and also cause the cylinder to deform in roundness, causing a shift of the cylinder wall surface compared to the cylinder head surface. Dont quote me on this, but if this is the block you have (most liekely) a solution that has been semi succesfull is the removal of this casting, with either a grinder or other dodgy means.

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Just for clarification this is my block (open Deck) as you can see there is 2 cylinders and a large void surrounding them, on teh semi open deck there are small joins between where the cylinders come close to the outside of the block.

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Replace the original head gaskets with the new multi layered head gaskets, if you can, talk to Subaru.

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