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  1. Forester Shopping
    Hi there, I'm looking at buying a 04 XS that looks like it is in pretty good shape. But I'm especially wondering about the head gasket. I read in this forum that 04s are not prone to those issues but those posts are 10 years old. 1. Will I probably have to get the HG done soon on an 04 with...
  2. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hello all, I am just seeking some guidance from the Forester hive mind on what I am about to do over the next 41 days(because my deadline is the last week of May). I am preparing to order all of the parts to do these repairs and replacements and just want to ensure that I am ordering...
  3. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    09 Forester, NA, Manual, 165k miles, up to date on everything with the exception of new head gaskets - can see signs of a minor external leak but no other symptoms. 66k miles to 143k miles, ran perfectly with no issues, mainly highway miles. Feb 2021 - Hit pretty hard in left rear quarter...
  4. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Ok ....so my '03 Forester is overheating and I can see a little drip of coolant coming from what looks like the back side of the engine block. With not very much oil leakage. So I did a combustion block leak test and it came back negative. No combustion gases in the coolant system. It doesn't...
  5. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    My 2009 manual with 160,000 miles has been acting funny recently. It has been consuming oil and coolant for a couple years but have never had any textbook signs its the HG. I just crawled under my car and noticed seeping. Should I get this looked at now or assume its a normal seep. I know a...
  6. Cooling Systems
    Hi all, Late last year my beloved 2003 with 230k miles overheated on the interstate--we had it towed home and discovered a cracked radiator. Radiator, thermostat, water pump, and timing belt components were all replaced. After replacing those parts, it idled fine and drove fine for several...
  7. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hey guys just finished up my head gasket job, went to start the car and get something like this: First thought was PS / AC belts, so I took them both off for this video. I believe it's coming from the front of the car. When i let go of the clutch it seems to get 'faster' but this very...
  8. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Doing head gaskets and just got the heads back from the machine shop. The thing is when I brought them there I left the cam gears on the heads but when I got them back the gears were off. Now, how do I know they're in the right position when I go to put them back on? Basically how do I know that...
  9. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
    Our 2005 2.5 XTen lost all of its coolant and the head gasket failed catastrophically. The exhaust gases are blowing through the radiator cap and the coolant drips freely from the right hand side head (when viewed from the car). The engine had done 100,000 miles and was running well beforehand...
  10. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    So I'm doing head gaskets right now. Included with each Gates timing kits is one of these plastic 'guides' that just sets a proper distance between the timing belt and this little metal cover for it. Here's Gates page on it: Prevent timing belt drive failure on Subaru engines with Gates’...
  11. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Doing head gaskets on my rebuilt motor which only has 35k miles on it (the main rad fan died & it overheated..) and because of the low miles on this engine I was thinking of replacing literally only the HG while I'm in there, and reusing stuff like the timing belt, tensioner & water pump. What...
  12. Cooling Systems
    Today I ran my car for a few minutes, shut if off and looked under the hood and my coolant overflow was full to the top, with my radiator looking very empty again. When I opened the radiator cap some coolant shot out of the reservoir, scared the crap out of me but it was barely even warm, I...
  13. Australia / New Zealand
    Hi Fozzers, just wondering if anyone knows a good mechanic in Melbourne to replace the head gasket on my '03 forester XT. Also what's the ball park cost for such a common subaru repair job? Cheers
  14. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    About a month ago my 2006 Forester overheated on the drive home, the radiator had cracked near the cap. I swapped the radiator after waiting a week for the part to come in and the engine misfired afterwards when I started it. A few codes came up (P0303, P0137) for a cylinder misfire and a faulty...
  15. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi, I wanted to put this out into the forum and see if I could get some help. I have a '08 non-turbo with about 165k that I got from my mom a few years back. She got into a pretty decent driver's side fender/t-bone accident but it was fixed and drives well since, although some minor things may...
  16. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
    Have done head gaskets with several friends on there n/a Subarus and we bought OEM gaskets for them. I just bought a 2004 XT for myself and I wondered if the members here had a preference for any particular head gasket for the turbo cars. Bought the car with a dead miss at idle. #2 cylinder low...
  17. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    My 2009 Subaru forester currently has 81,800 miles on it. I recently noticed that it was leaking coolant? underneath on the driver's side underneath the engine. It would leak for a bit then stop once the engine is warm enough. I brought it to a mechanic who did a pressure test, a visual...
  18. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I have Foreste09 on which HG replacement was performed due to coolant spills from the overflow tank. After I picked up the car from shop and drove it for 20 miles I noticed the same exact problem I had before HG job. Could some of you give an explanation what could this issue be associated with...
  19. Cooling Systems
    Hi! My 2009 Forester I bought 6 weeks ago is now taking 1/2 gallon of water a day and there is no evidence of a leak, no drips or puddles underneath. Where is all the liquid going? Does this mean it's leaking into the motor? Blown head gasket? There is no coolant in the oil. The overflow tank...
  20. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I just bought a 2004 X, auto transmission, around 145k miles (234k km), and found out after buying that it has an oil leak from the head gasket. It's not leaking coolant, and it seems to be fine driving around the city and even on the highway a few times. I was planning to leave it for a few...
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