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2001 subaru legacy leaking coolant from head gasket......

My 01 subaru legacy is leaking a small amount of coolant from the head gasket. It doesnt seem to be constant but at times when the car hasnt ran for a few hours such as overnight, when in the morning I run it for a few miles and notice the steam and antifreeze smell coming from the engine. The car never over heats. Just leaks from the head gasket. Is this a common problem? Its got about 125k miles on it. My mechanic said to just run it and make sure there is coolant in it... until it gets real bad..but I'm not too sure........

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Your mechanic is ok with saying that...however you should replace both head gaskets. This can get costly if you take it to have it done somewhere, but if you use a manual from your local library or buy one from your local auto parts store, its a much more cost effective way of fixing it. You are ok to drive it, be sure to check your fluid before you do. I would look into getting these changed within the next few weeks.

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