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Gasket of head for subaru leone

I would greatly appereciate if you could help me with my problems with
Subaru Leone (1990). Problem is with seal head. After each 15000 km it was broken. As a result of that problem I have gas buble in container of cooling system and low cylinder compression. It doesn't make matter who change it: I or Subaru service. What is the reason of this problem. Another problem I find (in internet) service manual for subaru leone EA-82 but it is incomplete. So do you have complete service manual for subaru leone
thank you very much
sincerely your
Marek Bak

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When the head gasket is changed, is the head resurfaced to make certain it is flat? Has anyone checked the block to make certain it is flat as well? Has the head been pressure tested to mak ecertain there is not a crack? That is what I would be looking at in your situation.
Hope this helps.
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