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Old 01-12-2013, 12:52 PM   #46
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Ok thanks. Yea I prefer chains myself. 230k on my current car with chain. My dispatcher has, get this, over 500k on his corolla with original chain.


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Old 01-12-2013, 04:03 PM   #47
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I've read about doing that but it may become more time consuming and doesnt give you the comfort of full access.
When doing the timing belt, the oil pump is easy to get at and so is the front crankshaft seal. As I recall, the seal is pressed into the oil pump.

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Old 01-12-2013, 05:36 PM   #48
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When doing the timing belt, the oil pump is easy to get at and so is the front crankshaft seal. As I recall, the seal is pressed into the oil pump.

I just researched more and front seal is a go but unless its leaking I should nott touch the rear main seal.

So far all the quotes are about 14-15 hrs at the standard $100-110 per hour. Heads machining $90-$200.
Interesting that even indpendent shops have mark ups on parts.

The best quote I got is from my Volvo mechanic, he's giving me my rate from five years ago at $70 per hr. I trust him with a Volvo and he swears he's done a few HG's in Soobies but... When I asked him does he have a manual to follow for torquing the head bolts he kind of got upset... Jeeze you have to be carefull with some personalities.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:09 PM   #49
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What did he say when you asked him ?


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Old 01-13-2013, 08:19 AM   #50
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:11 PM   #51
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Wow. So what will you do ?


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Old 01-13-2013, 02:18 PM   #52
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:39 PM   #53
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I would be willing to do the job, if you can get the car to me. I was a mechanic for 21 miserable years.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:16 AM   #54
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I own an independent import repair shop way out here in the wilderness. We have done many Subaru headgaskets over the years. The job done right is in the $1500-$1800 range depending on head milling and the like. Occasional valve guide issues too, but not the norm. If Subaru could tame their headgasket problem they would be very close to Toyota like reliability. They seem to be trying, their gaskets and torque specs change frequently.

The headgaskets can be done with the engine in place or not at tech's discretion. I have done them both ways. My techs usually pull the engine feeling the time offset for ease of repair opposed to the additional time required to pull the engine is favorable. Some engine bays have less frame rail clearance too.

Sorry I can't recommend anyone close to you, but keep doing your homework and asking questions and you will find someone you feel good about. You might also put on your query list when shopping shops the question of whether they use genuine Subaru parts, or parts store parts. We use only genuine brand parts.
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Is the head gasket still an issue with the late model engines ?


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Is the head gasket still an issue with the late model engines ?


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The newer head gaskets are much better than the old ones, but still not as good as Felpro
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