2010 Suburu Forester smoking under hood

Asked by Feb 01, 2016 at 04:59 PM about the 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After mountain driving, since this is where I live, I noticed a smoking coming
from under hood.. Left passager side just under the engine. Looks like a oil
leak. It's not dripping on the ground barely there but enough smoke like its
burning off..
I checked the oil dip stick it is full. My coolant fluid is very low.. Note I just had
the oil changed andfluids topped off days ear!ier.
It ru s great , no indicator lights on.
Could this be something simple?
I'm worried its a head gasket
I see white smoke out of the exhaust. I really can not tell if it smells sweet or
like oil.

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Low coolant, oil leaks and white smoke spells head gasket. Get it checked out as it sounds like it does not have long until you have a really serious problem.

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my 04 seeps oil onto the exhaust manifold but isn't any worse than that (occasional smoke from under the hood). I am with FoR.. could be HG. If it runs good, keep it that way, get it fixed now before it overheats and really costs you big.

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I believe the '10 Forester still used the same older 2.5i of the 2000-2009 Legacy/OB. If so, then yes, you've probably blown the left head's gasket. Sorry.... Get BOTH sides done, with new t-belt and proper machine shop service, in the $1600-1800 range. IGNORE the water pump...they're ALWAYS good. And if you replace the t-stat make sure it's a Subaru OEM, not smaller orifice aftermarket.

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