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2009 Subaru Forester X 4dr Man

2009 Subaru Forester
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All Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 4WD Sport Utility
20 mpg city / 26 mpg hwy
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March 7, 2011, 9:55 pm

Teresa L

Question: can the engine be fixed if the head gasket is blown

I have had a new radiator put in and a new thermostat. I have had another thermostate put in. The car has been driven hot on numerous occassions. Is there a possibility that the engine can be ground down and a new head put on and it will solve my problems with a new head gasket and all the work that goes into getting it put back on. The mechanic said that my antifreeze is going out the tailpipe. It is not leaking under the car our out the engine. I have to replace the water and the antifreeze with every tank of gas or less. It has an aluminum engine. Will they be able to fix it or will the most likely have to replace the motor. What does the cost of a new motor and labor for a subaru forester run?

March 9, 2011, 6:33 pm

Richard W
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On repairing the engine. You could have the heads removed and inspect the engine. If the engine has got hot a lot of times it mite not be repairable. There are a few different ways you can go on the replacement of the engine. You can get a used engine, rebuilt engine, or a new one from the dealer. They will cost different. The labor times run from 14-18 hours.

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