Coolant smell coming from 97 Subaru Legacy


#1

Occasionally I notice the smell of antifreeze when I get out of my 97 Subaru Legacy. I don’t notice in the interior of the car. The hoses and water pump were replace about a year ago and have about 10,000 miles on them. The antifreeze level in the radiator is fine and the reservoir is a little on the low side. Is this possibly a small pin hole leak in the radiator? I don’t see any noticeable leaks. Should I just use the stop leak to remedy this problem? or will that potentially cause other problems?


#2

The specific model is not the Outback, Lsi, or GT is it? All these models have an engine (2.5L) notorious for blowing headgaskets.


#3

I had the headgaskets replaced 5,000 miles ago


#4

yes it’s the 2.5L GT


#5

whrere? and what brandname gaskets were used?


#6

Halle’s Autocare in Kalamazoo, MI and they used the gaskests recommended by Subaru


#7

pressure test the rad cap,and cool sys.or go back and smell the exhast running ,does it smell sweet?


#8

Don’t put any stop leak into this car. Have the issue identified and if head gasket take it back and hopefully two is a charm.