I'm thinking about buying a 1994 Subaru Legacy Station Wagon. However, it needs both of the head gaskets replaced. It is far too expensive to take it to a shop, and I don't trust Auto Shops to be straight up about how difficult it is.
So, if anyone could give me a basic run though of how it's done, or if you have lots of free time, really great instructions on how to do it.
OR, if there's no way that an inexperienced person could get the job done, tell me that too.
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Re: Need to change Head Gaskets myself
Yes you can do it first of go look at the car look under the hood and find out what liter of the engine is and then go to the libaray and there you can get the print out you need for the job also have the cylinder heads check for cracks as well.
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if there are no leaks then they have problems with head gaskets blowing compression into coolant when cold remove rad cap fill with coolant run engine then rev up engine look for bubbles in coolant if so then replace head gaskets
I think you need to check your fuel pressure. If it's not between 41 & 45psi, you need to replace the fuel regulator. OBD doesn't always give the exact response to enable acurate diagnosis. Try this anyway, get back if still a problem.
that means you have an oil leak, the bad news is that the subaru is known for leaking head gaskets,it may be valve cover gaskets as well, you will have to jack up the car and take a look heres a diagram to help you locate the head gasket and valve cover gasket.there a gasket on each side of the engine.hope this helps.
probably resulting in bad instalation !
i sugest you to klean the area with large amount of break kleaner and then drive the car to find the exact location of leakage to make the repair easy ...could also just try to tigntnig a bit all the screws again!
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.
Both head gaskets have to be replaced and the heads need to be resurfaced, be sure you go thru the torque specs and sequence correctly, it is a strange process, but has to be done. subaru puts out a product called cooling system conditioner, it's advised to install this.