You might ask what does a web site about my 1967 MGB GT have to do with our Subaru Forester? Not much is the answer but it does fit in.
Our Subaru Forester has developed some oil leaks in the past few months and they are getting very annoying. The major leak drips oil onto the exhaust manifold so there is a constant smell of burning oil while you drive. Not nice! At least it’s not gas like what has happened with the MGB a few times. A trip to the dealer didn’t get the oil leaks stopping, only a $3,000 estimate to solve the problem: new head gaskets, oil pressure switches, plugs, valve covers and more. It was time to try and figure out how this whole thing works. These new engines are very complicated with pipes and hoses everywhere, sensors all over, not very user friendly in general. I did replace the oil pressure switch which took all of 10 minutes (the dealer quoted .8 hours for the job) and no more oil leaking. The valve cover gaskets and spark plug seals definitely need replacing so I’ll do that soon. We will see where this goes.
These cars were made 40 years apart, have we really made progress? Not for the home mechanic. Check out these engine photos.