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#10451 of 10833 2005+ head gasket "new design"?
Feb 21, 2008 (5:20 am)
I've seen in many forums that subaru apparently fixed the head gasket problem in the new generation of 2.5 H4 engines (from 2003?). Does anyone know exactly what they did to fix this? what's the new design or improvement? any website that explains this in detail?
Is there any people reporting head gasket issues in a 2005 or later model?
So far, I haven't notice any problem in my 2005 Legacy, but reading this threads I started to freak out!!
#10452 of 10833 Re: Technical Question - Aligment needed when changing axle? [paisan]
Feb 21, 2008 (10:40 am)
Thx Mike. I asked if an alignment was needed when I dropped off the vehicle, and the shop foreman said no. I was waiting for him to finish and was going to bring up the strut issue, but he beat me to it. He explained that for the replacement of the axle shaft (maybe I should have been more clear on this point ie. axle vs axle shaft), they did not need to touch any of the alignment adjustment points, including the struts.
Anyway, they replaced the right shaft, and it seems to have solved the problem on that side, but the drivers side is still making the noise. I am going to see again today when I leave from work as the car will be nice and cold whether it still exists, and report back to the dealer. They may need to replace the driver side shaft as well.
Well as much as I love this car, there has been a few too many headaches with it. This Fall, I will be parting company with it and moving to crossover or SUV....just have not decided which one yet. Suppose that's the risk one takes with buying one of the first batch of a 1st year prodn vehicle.
#10453 of 10833 Re: Technical Question - Aligment needed when changing axle? [luck11]
Feb 21, 2008 (12:34 pm)
Hmm, the axle shaft, which I'm assuming is attached to the CV joints is a single unit, ie: you don't replace just the shaft, you replace the whole axle w/ CV joints. It's been a while since I've done this but I'm 99% sure you have to take off the 2 lower bolts on the strut in order for the CV/Axle assembly to be removed.
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#10454 of 10833 Re: Technical Question - Aligment needed when changing axle? [paisan]
Feb 21, 2008 (1:15 pm)
To followup, I spoke to the guy who does the mechanical stuff at our shop. He said it is possible to do it w/o undoing the bolts.
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#10455 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [drbean]
Feb 22, 2008 (9:37 am)
Yes, they revised the material used, and that happened well before 2005.
A peek at CR ratings show problem areas under the "Engine" category up until 2002, 2003 for one model.
All 2004 and later ratings for "Engine" earn the best possible Red Dot, i.e. much better than average reliability.
For a 2005 you should be fine.
#10456 of 10833 Re: Technical Question - Aligment needed when changing axle? [paisan]
Feb 22, 2008 (10:03 am)
Thx, Mike. The foreman is a good guy....has been around Soobs for a long time (used to rally imprezas) so he knows his stuff. But it's always nice to have a 2nd opinion.
#10457 of 10833 Re: Technical Question - Aligment needed when changing axle? [paisan]
Feb 22, 2008 (10:50 am)
Yeah, I did not need to mess with any of the alignment bolts when I replaced the axles on my '96. I did have to move the wheel assembly around quite a bit, but the alignment remained perfect after the replacement. Or, maybe I should say that it was not noticeably different from pre-replacement, aside from the absence of the horrid grinding noises.
#10458 of 10833 Re: Technical Question - Aligment needed when changing axle? [xwesx]
Feb 22, 2008 (10:57 am)
Yeah as long as you don't undo those lower bolts you are good. On the impreza you actually need to undo them most of the time to get the clearance to pull out the CV/Axle.
Feb 23, 2008 (10:33 am)
Yesterday it snowed. There was a slight hissing sound under the hood and a burning rubber/plastic smell. What could it be?
My 05 OB is over 3 years old.
#10460 of 10833 Re: Burning Rubber Smell [orangelebaron]
Feb 23, 2008 (11:29 am)
Looking at my car from the window... I see the exhaust system hanging a little low.
Uggghhh... guess I have to bring it in.