For the longest time I thought I was alone... suffering through the
overheating, the AC problems, the gurgling sound under the hood... yet
late in life I come to find that I am indeed not alone... that other
(previously) happy Subaru owners have been converted to (VERY) unhappy
I'd appreciate any advice. Here's my situation:
97 Outback. Check Engine light starts coming on a few weeks ago. Temp
guage creeps upwards, then goes back down just as quickly. Mechanic
tells me the head gasket is blown. Says rather than replacing, he'll
put some sort of sealer on there that might do the trick.
Engine light goes off for a while, then comes back on. This was winter
time, and the heater would get cold while the car was idling. I go back
to the mechanic.
He tells me the engine needs to be replaced, that there's no point in
putting a HG on a bad engine, and when the temp guage goes up to turn
the AC on, even if it's cold and I need to blow hot air through it, as
running the compressor will help cool the engine.
Now that outside temps are warming up, I discover that the AC only stays
cool intermittently. It usually blows chilly air, but sometimes will
start blowing non-chilled air. At this time, the temp guage goes back
up until, mysteriously, the AC cools down again.
The upper radiator hose sprung a leak today, thankfully I was only a few
blocks from an auto parts place. I depend on my car, and on driving it
LONG distances sometimes, for my work.
I'm thinking about replacing the entire engine. Questions:
1) How do I know I'll not get ANOTHER bad engine in there?
2) I've read that the HG problems are less likely with the 2.2 engines.
Is it possible to put one of these in the 97 Outback?
3) Any advice at all would be much appreciated.
Charles "Stretch" Ledford
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