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This is common issue early sign head gaskets failure for EJ251 SOHC engine for external coolant leak. Second gen 96-99 with EJ25D is worst because when head gaskets failed, it's an internal leak that allows coolant and oil mix together in the combustion chamber to destroy engine.
You can drive it for at least 6 months or more as long as you keep top up coolant since the leak should be small at a slower rate leak. I drove mine for a while before change head gaskets. You're looking at `$1000-1200 job a dealership since you might as well change the timing belt, water pump, idlers while engine is pulled to replace head gaskets.
Sounds like possible head gasket failure. Is it pushing antifreeze out through the over flow bottle? When it pushes out enough fluid the heater will not heat. A easy check if head gasket is to fill radiator and leave cap off and start motor. It will blow the coolant out wile running. I wish you luck. Have a good day.
if the battery is good, but nothing happens when you turn the key (perhaps a click..), it is the starter solenoid and/or the starter motor. The starter solenoid gets stuck and worn-out. It can be rebuilt or replaced. If this is the problem, once when the engine is not starting, try tapping the engine (or the starter motor if you can identify where it is) with a hammer or something hard.. it might work then -and the problem is definitely the solenoid.
I assume you mean the camshaft timing belt? If it has never been replaced, the answer is "yes." Otherwise follow the service interval outlined in your service manual. Most small automotive engines from Japan recommend this T-belt be changed every 60-80 thousand miles. It should be changed every few years regardless of mileage due to aging. Do you have any service records on this vehicle? This is a good starting reference.
Many Subaru engines are "interference" type engines. This means if the timing belt breaks while the engine is turning, valves can come in contact with pistons and cause damage to these parts and/or the cylinder head. This is much more damaging and costly than replacement of the timing belt at a professional shop.
This is definitely one of those: "If it aint broke, go ahead and fix it anyway" situations. And I am not into fixing the unbroken! Except in this case.