coolant effect on main bearings

Asked by Dec 13, 2015 at 09:38 AM about the 2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I'm told that coolant in your oil will destroy your main bearings. I'm considering
doing the head gasket job but don't want to find out about the bearings going
bad after spending $$$$$. How would I know?

2 Answers

20,545

while you are in there, just rebuild the whole engine- the bearings are worn just from regular driving after 15 years- if you think a Subaru is worth it-

83,445

As long as the engine hasn't sat with coolant in the oil very long the pitting will be at a minimum, but like Jamn stated after 15 years there is going to be wear on the bearings as well as other vital componets, so at this point in time you need to decide if the vehicle is worth either a complete tear down and rebuild or just a used engine and hope for the best, or bite bullet and put in a new engine. If it still runs you could trade it in for a newer vehicle but you won't get much with engine trouble. HTH

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Subaru Outback Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Subaru Outback Experts

#1 Markw1952
Markw1952
Reputation 5,280
#2 TheSubaruGuruBoston
TheSubaruGuruBoston
Reputation 1,600
#3 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,490
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
300 Great Deals out of 22,442 listings starting at $1,290
Used Subaru Impreza
171 Great Deals out of 11,102 listings starting at $1,899
Used Subaru Legacy
210 Great Deals out of 15,133 listings starting at $950
Used Honda CR-V
859 Great Deals out of 62,126 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota RAV4
724 Great Deals out of 55,923 listings starting at $2,488
Used Toyota 4Runner
361 Great Deals out of 20,757 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Highlander
553 Great Deals out of 23,071 listings starting at $2,295
Used Toyota Tacoma
705 Great Deals out of 31,953 listings starting at $2,750
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
906 Great Deals out of 66,336 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
996 Great Deals out of 75,204 listings starting at $899
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
53 Great Deals out of 1,127 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Camry
1,152 Great Deals out of 97,111 listings starting at $1,250

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Outback For Sale
17,816 listings starting at $23,920
2016 Subaru Outback For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 980 listings starting at $20,995
2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 1,175 listings starting at $15,000
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
50 Great Deals out of 1,422 listings starting at $9,995
2013 Subaru Outback For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 995 listings starting at $9,770