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Subaru Head Gasket Problem? Here’s How to Deal with It


The head gasket sits between the engine block and cylinder head. Just like any part of the engine, it plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of your vehicle. Because of its design, the head gasket is exposed to many elements inside the engine, making it prone to wear and tear.

In most cases, it is hard to identify if the head gasket is blown or just leaking. Either way, it points to only one possibility: an engine problem. Getting Subaru head gasket repair service helps avoid further damage, making early detection crucial!

Here are some signs and symptoms that indicate head gasket issues in your Subaru:


Engine overheating can be caused by an array of possible underlying problems. A cracked, leaked, and malfunctioning head gasket could be one of them. If the head gasket does not function properly, the coolant could leak, causing the engine to overheat.

White Smoke

The appearance of white smoke could be an indicator of increasing heat from the piston, which further indicates that the coolant is leaking through the cylinder. Steam becomes present in the exhaust in the form of white smoke.

Beige-colored oil

The head gasket compartmentalizes the oil and the coolant. You’ll know that your head gasket requires your immediate attention if a beige-colored oil shows, which is most likely produced by the oil and the coolant mixing. If not repaired immediately, the oil will thicken, and it will have an adverse effect on your engine.

What happens if you ignore a head gasket issue?

A Subaru head gasket repair will cost you, but you’ll be thankful you made the repair. Here are the consequences of an ignored head gasket problem:

  • Catalytic converter damage
  • Engine oil leaks
  • Lubrication erosion
  • Further deterioration in the engine because of overheating

Get a Subaru head gasket repair from a team of trusted mechanics specializing in Subaru. Contact The Subaru Clinic today!

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Subaru Head Gasket Replacement FAQs

If you think it’s time for your car to get a Subaru head gasket replacement, you may be wondering about the process. Our technicians at the Subaru Clinic have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you make the decision to move forward with your Subaru head gasket repair.

What repairs are included and what should I consider adding to the repair?

Head gasket replacement includes the thermostat/gasket, valve cover gaskets, head gaskets, and a filter and oil change. We recommend replacing your timing belt, tensioner, and timing idlers at the same time, as well as your crank and cam seals. You should also have your water pump inspected if you don’t know how long it’s been since it was replaced. We will replace any deteriorated hoses, exhaust gaskets, and other small parts like spark plugs or sensors, and you should get a newly updated baffle plate if the old one has been leaking. Getting these repairs done at the same time as your Subaru head gasket replacement can save you the money of an additional trip.

The cost is more than the value of my car. Why Should I fix it?

Excellent question. The technicians at the Subaru Clinic will always be honest about telling you whether your car is or isn’t worth fixing. If it’s unclear whether the car is worth putting that amount of money into, we will help you make an informed decision. Subaru was named the number one brand for residual value in 2018 by ALG, so your car may be worth more than you think.

We use a simple formula to determine whether your car is worth fixing. Take the amount of money you could get for the car without fixing it, add it to the cost of the repair, and ask yourself, “Can I buy something better with this amount of money?”

How long will it take to repair?

In most cases, a Subaru Forester head gasket repair takes around two days. This gives our technicians time to fix the vehicle, road test it, and recheck it. If we run into a problem with parts, the repair could potentially take longer.

How long will a head gasket repair last?

The original head gaskets on a Subaru 2.5 engine tend to fail between 100,000 and 150,000 miles. Most replacement gaskets last just as long.

Will the repair cause other problems for my Subaru?

Head gasket replacement usually goes smoothly and doesn’t cause any other issues. However, cooling system components or knock sensors occasionally fail shortly after the repair. While you shouldn’t expect problems after a head gasket replacement, you should know that it’s a possibility.

What do I do if something does go wrong?

If you notice a problem after your head gasket replacement, the best thing to do is call us and make an appointment to bring your car in as soon as possible so we can take a look and address your concerns.

If you have more questions about your head gasket or are ready to make an appointment to get the repair done, contact the Subaru Clinic today. Our honest technicians have the expertise to get your car back on the road as quickly as possible.