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2004 Subaru Baja head gasket
« on: May 18, 2017, 01:35:04 PM »
I have a 2004 Subaru Baja with an oil leak from the pass side head gasket. It leaks onto the exhaust and constantly smells and smoke comes from under the hood. The car has about 192,xxx miles on it and I really don't want to pay for a head gasket job on this thing with this kind of miles and the can of worms trying to do this would more then likely open. I have been playing around with the idea of using JB weld, Quiksteel or something like Permatex hi temp red RTV. scrubbing all the paint and corrosion/rust off and cleaning the seam between the head and the block with brake clean or acetone and putting a nice bead along the area. I am wondering if anyone has used the products I mentioned or something else to stop an oil leak.
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Re: 2004 Subaru Baja head gasket
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 03:33:08 PM »
At this point anything is worth a shot -- even if it fails, you haven't lost much. That said, if you put JB weld on it, taking it apart in any future repairs may become a serious headache.


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Re: 2004 Subaru Baja head gasket
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 05:29:08 PM »
Good point with the JB weld, I honestly doubt i'll be doing the head gaskets on it. I was mainly trying to see if anyone has tried this type of repair, how they did it and what they used ? ?
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Re: 2004 Subaru Baja head gasket
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 06:33:50 PM »
it depends on if the oil that is leaking is under pressure or if its draining back to the crankcase. if its under pressure, theres nothing your gonna stick on externally that will stop it. if its return/draining you MIGHT get it slowed down some.

 I'd check the PCV and make sure its open and not letting pressure build up in the crankcase.
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Re: 2004 Subaru Baja head gasket
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 10:29:12 PM »
it depends on if the oil that is leaking is under pressure or if its draining back to the crankcase. if its under pressure, theres nothing your gonna stick on externally that will stop it. if its return/draining you MIGHT get it slowed down some.

 I'd check the PCV and make sure its open and not letting pressure build up in the crankcase.



+1 on this suggestion.  Also, check the valve cover gasket as possible source of leak.  And finally, check the head bolts to make sure they are all torqued to spec.
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Re: 2004 Subaru Baja head gasket
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 12:46:54 PM »
Years back when I was a service writer for Toyota. A lady had a serious oil leak on a 22R timing cover. She could not afford to fix it right(new gaskets) the tech suggested we try cleaning it and running a bead of FIPG at the leak point and it worked. Not sure for how long but the Toyota FIPG is amazing. I suppose other manufacturers have similar stuff but don't waste your time with regular black RTV. Not the same.
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Re: 2004 Subaru Baja head gasket
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