Subaru Headgasket Replacement Tips & Procedures

Most of the vehicles we work on are Subaru’s and that means we have lots of experience replacing Subaru headgaskets. I get a lot of questions about gaskets used and repair procedures that I hope to clarify here. First off the 2.5 SOHC engine is the most common to have cylinder headgasket failure and this article will be primarily about… Read More

Subaru Rear Differential Failure & Repair Advice

The rear differentials in these all wheel drive Subaru’s pretty much don’t have many problems at all. I have seen them fail though. Usually failure is due to driving it too hard or running it out of fluid. It’s pretty common to hear pinion bearing noise but it’s never excessive enough to address the problem. When they leak this can… Read More

Subaru 2.0L 2.5L Turbo Cam Pulley Bolt Stripped

The Infamous Subaru 2.0L & 2.5L Turbo Exhaust Pulley Nightmares If you have worked on one of these and had to remove the exhaust cam pulleys then you may be aware of these problems. On the camshaft pulleys they switched the 17mm bolt head to a 10mm allen head bolt. The bolt has a huge flange on it as well… Read More

Subaru Oil Consumption Problem & Repair

The Subaru 2.0L, 2.2L and more common the 2.5L engines are great motors that last forever when maintenance correctly. Most Subaru owners are aware of the common oil leaks that develop as you start to put miles on them. Subaru owners seem to be well aware of the infamous headgasket failure on these engines also. These engines like to leak… Read More

Subaru FWD Fuse Information

The infamous Subaru Front Wheel Drive Fuse, does your Subaru have one? The older Legacy models (maybe 1991 – 1998) have it located under the hood, passenger rear by the firewall. You will see the fuse holder by it self labeled FWD on the lid. I have also seen them in later Outback’s (2000 and newer) in the fuse box… Read More

Intermittent Cylinder Misfire Subaru Valve Guide Problem

Whenever you remove a Subaru cylinder head you should always look at the valve guides to see if there is any evidence of them moving, particularly the exhaust valve guides. I have seen these guides moves causing misfires or even worse completely drop causing valve to piston interference. The problem seems more prevalent in the 2.5L engines but I have… Read More

Subaru 2.0 DOHC Turbo Cylinder Misfire Broken Valve Spring

I had a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX in the shop the other day that had me going for a bit. It’s been a long time that I have ran into a cylinder misfire problem that I couldn’t just go directly to the source of the problem by some quick preliminary tests. Here are the four quick tests I will use… Read More

Subaru MT Transmission Snout Repair

I have ran into a couple occurrences where the release bearing completely comes apart and damages the input shaft housing or also known as the transmission snout. At first glance you would assume that the transmission case is completely destroyed, time for transmission rebuild right? Well that’s not exactly true, I have found a couple companies that make repair kits… Read More

Subaru Oil Consumption Problems

Subaru Oil Consumption Repair Most Subaru owners are aware of the infamous headgasket problem. Along with frequent questions and concerns from customers about Subaru headgasket problems I have also had a lot of oil consumption complaints and concerns from my customers. Over the years of rebuilding and repairing these engines I have noticed a common failure that is consistent with… Read More

Subaru AT Oil Temp Lite Diagnostic Procedure

Early model Subaru Automatic transmission diagnostic code retrieval procedure. This procedure is specifically for 98 Subaru OB but stays the same for all similar models. I do not believe this will work for the 2.5 SOHC Subaru Outbacks. Locate the diagnostic connector under the dash then follow the procedure. TCM will flash codes through the “AT Oil Temp” lite. Please… Read More