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#11: 05-03-2013, 01:17 AM
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Looking for HG gasket leaks on the later EJ's (2000-2004), can be a little tricky as they are mostly external leaks and not the internal leaks of the earlier 2.5's. The internal leaks are pretty easy to spot...gas/exhaust smell in the overflow, ruddy, brown and cloudy coolant in the radiator, obvious visible leaks of antifreeze and/or oil, white smoke out the exhaust, and overheating. External leaks take some snooping to find. Like you mentioned, visible leaks of oil or coolant are the obvious indications. Look under the car at the bottom of the engine and look around the passenger (right) cylinder/block joint. Look for seepage, oil, or crusty white deposits around the gasket area. Obviously, don't mistake it for oil spilled during an oil change as the filter is close to that area, but those could be signs of a slow "weeping" leak. An external leak is "better" than an internal leak (which will almost always cause overheating and slow engine death), and you can still drive the car just fine for a while, but a good idea to have them changed eventually.
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