Question about 2003 Subaru Legacy
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
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.
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
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, but...my 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.
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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