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EA82 heating up....
Posted 08 July 2005 - 12:57 AM
Usually I can drive long distances at a nice speed and there are no problems.
Sometimes going up a steep grade or winding it out in a low gear sends the temp gauge up very close to redline. Just last weekend, I was driving home from a place about five miles down the road, and a thousand feet down in elevation. I was sort of cruising the winding road. I probably never took it above 3rd gear, and likely not higher than 3000rpms. It almost redlined in the few minutes getting from there to here.
I recently replaced the thermostat, and the last time a mechanic was involved, he checked the radiator and found no leaks/problems.
What should I be looking for? Water pump? Why is this thing getting so hot?
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:56 AM
Posted 18 July 2005 - 10:56 PM
Haven't looked into it yet, but since we have two soobs around here, I guess I could swap radiators without too much work and see if that is indeed the problem. Then the one that ends up with the bad radiator can get the new one...
Is a new one necessary? Can radiators be repaired, and is this what a "rod-out" is? Are Junk Yard radiators worth the effort (how would you know a good one from a bad one)? I've only gotten one price so far on a new one and it's $250-ish.
Always looking to save some cash...
Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:13 AM
Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:41 AM
Another option is to have a radiator shop do a flow test on your out-of-car radiator.
Rodding the radiator is not very often an option these days. If you have a composite radiator (plastic tanks and metal core), I have been told that the replacement metal crimps the hold the tanks on cost around $80 (may be wrong or out of date). Aluminum cores can lose there ability to transfer heat even without plugging. And "rodding" an older radiator often causes leaks to occur, which are not really fixable in an aluminum radiator and sometimes like "chasing a rat down a hole" with copper radiators.
Since it seems that a major cause of dead Subaru engines is overheating, it might be not-too-expensive insurance to get a new radiator.
Posted 20 July 2005 - 12:26 AM
Posted 20 July 2005 - 10:34 AM
but I think the website is www.importedcarparts.com
Go to their parts directory and its pretty simple from there.
Posted 20 July 2005 - 11:54 AM
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