Overheating 2000 outback

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by rithomitis, Jul 13, 2006.

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    rithomitis Guest

    I have an outback that was over heating so I took it into the dealer.
    They just told me that I need to replace the radiator, upper and lower
    hoses, ac belt, power steering belt and the thermostat. They said the
    lower hose was collapsing due to the vacuum. Is that normal to replace
    the whole shoot and match or would you start with the radiator cap and
    a new lower hose?
    rithomitis, Jul 13, 2006
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    I first would check that the cooling fans were both operating. I would
    flush the cooling system and replace thermostat to start. The flush &
    stat will probably fix it but, if not then look further.
    Edward Hayes, Jul 14, 2006
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    pldawg Guest

    yeah the fans are working great. I was going to flush and replace the
    lower hose, radiator cap and stat... although I wouldn't be surprised
    if it was a head gasket, should have put that in my original post, he
    said that they weren't sure if replacing the radiator would fix it and
    that the head gasket may need it also.

    When I mentioned that the head gasket was still under warranty there
    was a long pause, and a reluctant "yes" My sinking suspicion is that
    there is nothing wrong with the radiator but they want some money out
    of the repair instead of just replacing the head gasket first under

    I picked up the car and will try a few things first, then take it in
    for a head gasket next week!
    pldawg, Jul 14, 2006
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    Dmitriy Guest

    In these cars, if the head gasket is bad, there is usually a visible

    Are there any visible leaks?
    Dmitriy, Jul 17, 2006
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    The HG is still under warranty? 5/60,000? Why mess with it at all,
    just let the dealer do it. I think you may have the 8year/100,000 mile
    EXTERNAL HG warranty IF you used the "Subaru colling system
    conditioner. The 8y100K is for external weeping only which is
    apparently not your problem.
    Edward Hayes, Jul 17, 2006
  6. Hi,

    In my limited experience, Subies suffer from two types of HG leaks:
    external "weepage" that makes a mess but isn't really all that serious
    if you just keep the coolant topped up, and the internal "blown" HG that
    causes the heating problems. If it's the latter, coolant's quite likely
    disappearing into "nowhere" w/o a visible leak.

    Rick Courtright, Jul 20, 2006
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