I have a 2002 Subaru Outback base level model with the 2.5 engine at 42,000 miles. My local/main mechanic noticed that my head gasket was leaking and said that it needs to be replaced. He told me that since my car was in warranty, I should just take it to the dealer so I could get it fixed for free under the powertrain warranty.
The dealer I took my car to was able to diagnose, test drive, and completely replace both head gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, 'spark plug pipe' gasket, replace all coolant and oil in 3.5 hours.I have the documentation.
From what I understand, a head gasket job is normally takes about an entire day. Or more if machining is necessary. I also understand that Subaru has had many problems with head gasket leaks.
My question: Is it even possible to diagnose, test drive, and do all of those repairs in 3.5 hours?
A few mechanics have told me that it is not really possible and if it was possible, that they probably did a sub-par job. Any comments?
Final question. Does the 'Subaru Cooling System Conditioner' contain some of the same stuff that is in AlumAseal (metal flecks?). Please ignore my mechanical ignorance if this AlumAseal question makes no sense.
Monday, February 5th, 2007 AT 11:07 AM