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PINESMOKER 01-10-2013 01:11 PM

Headgasket VS Blockseal
So here were I'm at. I was giving a 98 LGT 2.5 by a neighbor. He said that it had a bad transmission. After converting a cable style trans to a hydraulic style and installing it. I find that the car has a bad headgasket. White smoke out the tailpipe and a bubble or two from the radiator every 30 seconds or so.

O.K. So has anyone had any luck with Blockseal or bars leak. Or bite the bullet and go with a head gasket kit. If I go with the headgasket kit is there one brand better than the other.

ShadowImg 01-10-2013 01:15 PM

Do the headgaskets, get OEM, there's pretty good how-tos on doing it.

WESTcoast 01-10-2013 01:17 PM

When I redid my engine I went with the OEM headgaskets they are revised to not fail like the headgaskets that first came with the car.

twisty 01-10-2013 01:26 PM

id stay away from any HG repair magic elixirs, unless youre planning to sell it and not divulge the issue. HG arent a huge issue to do in any car, especially a free one.

SpecBamf41 01-10-2013 04:17 PM

takes about a whole days work to get one done if you have all the parts and tools on hand.

spooln30 01-10-2013 10:22 PM

NEVER and I mean NEVER use any miracle in a bottle crap. Not only do they don't really work but that crap will clog everything else in your cooling system especially your heater core and radiator. It's will cost you more money in the long run. None of that head gasket sealer or seal conditioner stuff works no matter what the bottle says even when they say "double your money back" in the end its just not worth the $30.

PINESMOKER 01-10-2013 10:45 PM

So I started to looking head gasket kits and realized that I need to do the timing belt and tensioner since I'm ripping that all out is there any one that sells a all in one kit? One more question do I need to replace the head bolts. I see they recommend it.

johnegg 01-11-2013 06:04 AM

i would not buy a complete gasket kit. i would buy head gaskets from am online dealer, gaskets only and maybe the seals for the front of the engine. and a timing kit off Ebay, replace everything.
and the rest i would get from ANY parts seller, either local or online.

some things need to be ''subaru'' and some do not.

and lastly, what ever happened to the trans you were working on. what was the solution?

we love follow up and how things got fixed.

your post count today is 17, and you have started 9 threads. you are great at asking questions, how about filling us in on your solutions .

what happened with the trans?

DOHCEJ22E1 01-11-2013 10:15 AM

The cam seals NEED to be the brown ones that Subaru sells. The black ones are not good. The oil will seep right through the sides of them.

spooln30 01-11-2013 10:37 AM

I would just buy the head gaskets, intake gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets and all of the cam seals from the dealer. OEM Subaru parts are far better quality. The timing belt kit stick with a Gates brand and get the kit its cheaper plus its best to replace everything while your in there. Don't forget the waterpump and don't buy a remanufactured one. Get a NEW one from Napa. I've had the best luck with Napa's New waterpumps. Most other auto parts stores waterpumps are junk.

PINESMOKER 01-11-2013 11:20 AM

Damm this free car is going to cost me a butt load. I guess there right nothing is for free.

DOHCEJ22E1 01-11-2013 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by PINESMOKER (Post 4241809)
Damm this free car is going to cost me a butt load. I guess there right nothing is for free.

If you're mechanically inclined or know how to follow directions from a repair manual, about $600 at best.

PINESMOKER 01-11-2013 05:10 PM

Starting a new thread thanks for the help.

monkeyposeur 01-11-2013 08:42 PM

$600 bucks for a car that will potentially go another 100k+ is a pretty damn good deal.

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