icaneat50eggs Reader
April 18, 2013 7:56 a.m.

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April 18, 2013 8:00 a.m.
  1. I think you're on the right track for parts. Buy the one you're most comfortable with for the purchase price. I'm not sure what year the 2.2 stopped being non-interference, but I'm thinking it was before '96, so if you buy shoddy components and they fail, the potential is there for lots of damage.

  2. If you had issues with a head gasket, it would manifest itself as more than an oil leak. If you decide that's what it is, it isn't a difficult repair.

  3. I'm no expert, but my thought would be to do a visual inspection of the hoses, wires, etc that you can get to easy. I'll be listening with interest to see if somebody recommends more, mine is at 275k+ miles.

The_Jed Dork
April 18, 2013 9:13 a.m.

Cue SlickDizzy.

I'd assume your oil leak is coming from the same place as mine; behind the oil pump. There's also a plate on the back of the engine (the flywheel must be removed to access it) that is failure prone and will cause an oil leak.

Ojala Reader
April 18, 2013 9:40 a.m.

Pretty much any of the Subaru vendors (including the ones that advertise in GRM) should be able to get you a kit. I use the Gates kit, but I hate all"racing" kits because all they seem to add is squeaking and goo all over the pulleys and tensioners. If that's the original motor it's non-interference BUT that also means that head gasket leaks will be internal. Phase II leaks are external.

Dbussey1 New Reader
April 18, 2013 9:53 a.m.

I just did mine a couple months ago on the '98 wagon. Used parts from the dealer, which was more expensive until I returned the water pump (original passed a visual inspection).

Definitely make sure you replace all the tensioners. I decided to re-use the hydraulic one, and wound up tearing the front of the engine down again two days later to replace it. It was no longer tensioning properly and making a god-awful noise.

I found a leak at the cam seals on mine, you may want to have a set of those on hand. They were about $10 for the pair.

The_Jed Dork
April 18, 2013 10:04 a.m.

In reply to Wonkothesane:

If it comes down to it and you absolutely have to get to the rear of the engine, I'd pull the engine and leave the trans in the car. MUCH easier that way!

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