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Oil on exh. manifold

134K but good running & good body. Started smelling oil. $1,800 to have heads planned. Can I continue to run it for another 20 K without repairs? No oil in coolant, co coolant in oil, no engine complaining noises. Thank you

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Replace the neoprene valve (rocker) cover gaskets.  Worked a treat on my 300,000km 1991 liberty...oh, and also check the joint where the plastic oil filler mates with the aluminium body. Mine needed some aero gasket cement to stop it weeping oil.

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Hi. I had the same symptoms on my '03 GT Liberty. If you are positive it is the heads at fault this will NOT help, problem turned out to be a faulty oil filter (which is surrounded by exhaust pipes and gets very very hot!) The sealant used on the joint of the two sections in manufacture was not able to cope with the heat, and allowed the oil to slowly escape. The filter was not a genuine article. Cure...fitted a GENUINE oil filter (no...I don't work for Subaru, and no...they are not expensive...less than $15) and cleaned off the spillage, and the problem went away.
Good luck. LGT.
P.S. The filter on my Suby had been there for 9,000km before it failed.

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Its leaking oil from the head if it would be my car b efore doing the head i would retorque them its worth a try

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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    you dont have many shop that gonna do it they make more money doing the full job ive done that on passat cost a few valve cover gasket and labour .pierre


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