A green volcano from the radiator.. (possible Subaru head gasket)

I’ve been pretty lucky with my cars right up until this one. But now that the new radiator and hoses have gone into the Subaru Impreza, instead of fixing the problems I’ve been having it’s instead revealed that the issues are coming a little further deeper in the EJ25 engine than first thought.

Or in clearer terms – The infamous EJ25 Subaru head gasket issue strikes again! Damnit.. I was enjoying this car until now..

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When coolant goes out but air comes in..

2005 Subaru radiator

After another occasion where the heat gauge jumped around like it was at a House of Pain party, I finally booked the Slowbaru for a full cooling system check. The good news is: It’s not the head gaskets. And even more amusingly, somehow the radiator lasted well beyond its typical life cycle..

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Gallardo on a Pontiac budget


Uh…did I miss a memo again? Did those annoying notifications that tell me everything I don’t want to hear about (like Kim K, anything to do with Kim K) forget to inform me that it’s ‘Sell your replica week?’ Or maybe Facebook cottoned on to our replica Ferrari a couple of days ago and decided that since I didn’t buy that, I must be looking for a cheaper Lamborghini instead. Which I’m not really, but hey if you are – maybe you could buy this Lamborghini Gallardo!*

*An approximation of one at least..

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Why you need a test light in your tool kit

test light

Funnily enough I had a test kit in my tool kit way back when but I threw it out because I had no idea what to do with it. Thankfully a very wise father in law (thanks again Baz!) showed me not only how to use one but how easy it was and how much time it saved.

Better late than never I suppose..

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Installing a new car stereo into your Subaru Impreza

Subaru stereo install

The first time I bought a car stereo/CD player to replace a factory tape deck, I paid the shop to do it. The second time I paid a good mate with a box of beer…and drank most of them while he worked. This time it was some basic tools, a lazy afternoon and aside from the occasional dropped screw, barely any hassle. Got some new car entertainment for your Impreza? Let’s get it in there!

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Economy level: Master

So the Bond car we go into last week just not economical enough? Want to spend an ice age between fuel stops when pottering around town? Well do I have the car experiment for you! And it even comes with it’s own article!

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Going back for the next Bond car

Bond Car

If Idris Elba does indeed become the next James Bond, can we here at Driveanotherday.com suggest a bond car for him? No not the latest offerings from Aston Martin, BMW or even a Ford, we mean an actual Bond car. Made by Bond of course..

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Let’s get historic – Part 2 The Pits

It’s not very often you can venture around the pits at a racing event but at Winton it was almost encouraged. Watch the preparations, chat to the drivers, drool over the machinery or like Baz and I did, try to answer each other’s random questions. Anything about the old Holden engines was his bag, any electrical doohickey was my jam. Anything else, well that was just a guess. Anyway, enjoy what was getting fine tuned and worked on at Historic Winton!

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Let’s get historic – Part 1 The Displays

It’s been a while between race tracks. Initially I thought my last stop was Phillip Island (9 years back) but then I realised I was also working at the Gold Coast 600 a couple of years back so that’s the closest one. Still, either way it’s been a while between track visits and so the family jumped at the chance to take in the sights, sounds and metal of Winton Historic on the Sunday just gone.

I walked a lot of the grounds and took many a picture which is while this latest post will be in separate parts, putting things into various categories rather than one massive pic dump. So on that, let’s start with some of the display cars including quite a few you just don’t see around on the roads so much anymore and my occasional ramblings along the way..

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The heat is on – replacing your Subaru Thermostat

Another heat related issue popped up recently on Bax the 05 Subaru Impreza and since we burped him last time, I figured maybe we needed to go a little deeper to sort out this issue this time. This was also a great lesson in how easy it is install a Subaru Thermostat the 2nd time after blindly following the way they installed things before I got there.. the more you learn.

Edit: Sigh and now I’m reinstalling things for the third time..

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How to change your Subaru Impreza knock sensor

Subaru knock sensor

The tyres been fixed (turned out it was a little screw causing all the headaches – thanks to Jax Albury for sorting it out in lightning time) and while I was on the way to the tire shop, Repco called me to tell me the knock sensor was in a day early! Time to pop this into the Bax the Subaru Impreza, clear the fault codes and enjoy some normal motoring for a time!

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Knocks and burps – sorting out the Subaru one week in

Sigh. I was going to do a big write up about my latest acquisition, a 2005 Subaru Impreza aka Bax the Boxer here. And eventually I’ll get to writing up how I’m enjoying it, although wishing it had a couple more features like a sunroof and better fuel range info. But first things first, a week into owning it and wouldn’t you know it? I’m already looking up replacement parts..

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Plane engines and pancakes – the Jindera Swap meet 2022

Jindera Swap meet

Busy week for site content this week – picked up my latest car (more about that coming soon) and thanks to a work opportunity, I came face to metal with an angry snarling Monster Truck again. But before we get to that, let’s take you back to Sunday just gone for the shiny bits and pizzas that rolled into the annual Jindera swap meet…

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The need for wheels

It’s amazing how a change of conditions makes you suddenly realise how much you want something isn’t it? Case in point me now starting work in the wee hours of the morning instead of regular office hours and a couple of weeks in, I’m really missing having a vehicle to ferry me around…

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Pocket rocket Subaru

Subaru Fiori

Looking to downsize your current ride? Well look no further! This Subaru Fiori I found for sale/trade locally will tick every tiny car ownership and with a bit of luck and a liberal amount of silicone spray (thanks Wizard) would probably fit right in the back of my Stagea too!

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