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This is part 4 of a 5 part multi-part series I recorded replacing the head gaskets on a 2003 Subaru Outback, 2.5L 2458CC H4 FI VIN: EJ253
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50 thoughts on “Replace subaru head gasket ej253 – part 4 of 5”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt simms says:

    Great video man

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Valve adjustment section of the video Came out Great Eric O super informative @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Good Assembly video on these Subaru Heads Eric O 👍 👌 @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ancient Heart says:

    Mrs. O…is smoking hot. Just saying.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars beboboy mann says:

    The magnet tip is awesome!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bryan T says:

    I have a 1999 Forester with only 80k miles on it that uses 1 qt of oil every 100 miles. There is no oil in the antifreeze and the oil does not look contaminated. Compression in cylinder 2 is 120psi (with oil already in it) the others are higher 1=160, 3=150, 4=190. Not very balanced. A camera in cylinder 2 shows oil laying in the cylinder. I don't think its the head gasket because of no cross contamination. How is the oil getting in the cylinder? Rings or valve seals/guides? The engine is out but I have yet to open it. The under belly is clean and dry, no obvious leaks of any kind. Any tips would be awesome.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lloyd Nolan says:

    Big fan Eric. I have done this before but with the engine out.
    My impression, compared to your other video's is that you are not a fan of this job. It is very finicky.
    Nice work.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fakir kul sofi Tv says:

    Güzel

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Stum says:

    Does anybody know the tool that he used to scrape the head gasket material off of the block?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Blake says:

    Love these videos awesome job

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Murphy says:

    Eric, your are an absolutely fantastic teacher and mechanic. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching this whole subie head gasket series along with many many of your videos. I've been addicted to your sma channel for the last month and look forward to watching your channel for many years to come hopefully. I'll be purchasing some of your shop merch and donating to your brilliant channel. Best luck for the future from your Irish fans down here in boston,ma. Kudos mr and mrs O. ☘

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Farris says:

    Six years later and still getting new views. That’s because this channel is awesome, along with Eric O and Mrs. O!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Johnson says:

    kudos for knowing when to back away. You're always teaching. 🙂

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Trappist Gamer says:

    This video has the best instructions on adjusting your valves I've ever seen.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert cale says:

    dad had a bluepoint valve adj tool back in the fifties said he didn't like using it . cant believe eric didn.t have any valves change when locked nuts

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Kucic says:

    As always Eric, you da man!
    Love you. Stay healthy and hang in there.😝

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Labrador McGraw says:

    This is a very informative series; I've learned so much. Just watching a seasoned professional at work is practically gold dust to a DIYer like myself. You do so much – for so many. Every best wish from London.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars william meszko says:

    Great video. Wondering why valve lash was loose coming back from machine shop.
    I was expecting way to tight given material removed from valve and seat during valve job.
    Thanks!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Kucic says:

    😒

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ed Watts says:

    When installing lip seals, whether with steel or resilient polymer for O.D., I always apply a thin film of RTV to the outside of the seal. This provides a layer of lubricant to facilitate installation, and it ensures that the seal's Outer Diameter will not leak.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars amlafrance1918 says:

    I would gladly work for you any day. I don’t.like to just plow through things either. Well done sir !

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars N.J. Davidson Sr. says:

    What through the middle , with the permatex ???

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zoran Neskovic says:

    i know exactly how you feel

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars alan humbert says:

    thank you for showing the valve lash procedure

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Prevost says:

    Subaru and Nissan use a lot of the same component suppliers.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kim W Meeks says:

    What is fair price to have job done?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Oden says:

    Good Job Eric sorry you had a bad day, I know all about a right mindset and car repair

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan's Learning Curve says:

    Just picked up an '04 Forester that'll need head gaskets. I'll probably put the motor.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Utah Bones says:

    You saved my butt building the wife’s Subaru!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Dave Sinclair says:

    I appreciate you, the mechanic that did these videos: your personality, desire to explain well, and your clean language.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Dave Sinclair says:

    I really appreciate these videos; I've done heads on this type of engine 2x before, but watching this answered a lot of questions I had and gave me reassurance on the things I was doing right.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Major Payne says:

    👍Good stuff👍This channel has tons of room for sponsors! Eric O. should have $$$ pouring in just for wall sign placement!
    Best mechanic ever right here!
    Articulate, well versed in all automotive areas and he understands the
    Importance of walking away to reset the ol mind✊
    I think automotive parts manufactures are missing out on a great opportunity here and hopefully they’ll start throwing the green stuff at him. Best channel ever, great talent, future TV show!!!✊

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! John Rodrigues says:

    Glad you explained you demeanor. I hope things worked out to your benefit.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! John Rodrigues says:

    Sticking your finger in that stuff isn't just your habit. I am sure many of us watching do the same.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chip Sarver says:

    i had 15 emplyees for 20 years — the good the bad the ugly

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PAUL HAUGAN says:

    It’s all good…we appreciate your company….videos are excellent.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BAR 20 BBQ says:

    go home, take a couple of bong hits,everybodys happy.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Whitehead says:

    Not be bad, costumer will be happy. Needs to do best oil he can put in this engine! This engine likes the best oil.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Loye Antley Jr. says:

    Hi!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kev hed says:

    Eric…all of your videos are just awesome! Thanks for taking the time to make em and share them with us.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars vitanksi says:

    I had an 01 Impreza with the same 2.5. I had the exhaust valve guides fall at 58k miles and wreck my engine. Watching this tear down is a blast from the past.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HollomanUFOLanding says:

    You're so methodical and carfeul Eric that I obtain lots of pleasure watching this set of videos over and over!! Thanks 🙂

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 吹水吹風機 says:

    This mechanic is amazing. Oh my God , where do you find, what is your shop address,

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gowdaflow says:

    That's cool that machine shops will accept the heads with valves, springs, retainers, etc.. I thought in order to correct the heads had to be off of it

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars johnson otg says:

    great video I'm attempting a head gasket repair on the same car before winter hits thanks for this series is watched all of it and you don't know how much you have helped me understand what I didn't thanks Sir and have a wonderful day…

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R B says:

    06' and up dont even waste time measuring valve guides and such R&R every time !

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    do you push down on the rocker arm at the cam end while you adjust them?

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Lima says:

    Would it be ok to adjust the valves and torque that sprocket after I put the heads back in the car? I'm taking my engine off.