Subaru Outback

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outback

#1

My 1997 Subaru has 160,000 Miles. Mechanic A replaced my old engine with one with 50K on it. After 4 weeks the car heated up. It was out of coolant. I took it to mechnic B for checking, he said that it was the headgasket. He checked it for hydrocarbon, and it was positive. I took the car to Mechnic A for explanation. After two days I picked up the car and it has been fine for the past 7 weeks. I am puzzeled.


#2

Offhand, sounds like Mechanic A did not top off the coolant.
Maybe Mechanic B’s test for hydrocarbons picked up residue from the original engine.

Any reason why you’re inserting Mechanic B into the middle of Mechanic A and yourself?
This muddies the water when it comes to a problem.


#3

When you took the car back to Mechanic A “for explanation,” what did he say? What did he do in the two days he had the car?


#4

Why are you puzzled?
You gave the car back to Mechanic A, told him that Mechanic B diagnosed it with a bad head gasket, and Mechanic A replaced it.

What’s so hard for you to understand about that?

BC.


#5

Unless the headgaskets were replaced I would be surprised if this problem doesn’t reoccur. The shop may have used some type of sealer in the coolant to put a temporary fix on this. I recommend you keep a very close inspection of the coolant level to make sure it doesn’t go down.


#6

The coolant was flushed clean by Mechanic A. I got the feeling that Mechanic A was not trustworthy. I used him as a default.