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Overheating Forester 2000 Engine
Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:22 AM
I had posted to this forum previously regarding a potential Head Gasket problem that my mechanic warned me about. We have a 2000 Forester at 152K miles and have run into an overheating engine issue.
Due to the expensive nature of a HG change, we went with the Subaru recommended coolant sealing solution (and a thermostat replacement) after the checkup.
For about a month, everything was fine. Last week, the engine started overheating in traffic again. On highways, there is no problem, but as soon as we hit stop-and-go traffic, it starts to overheat again.
I checked the coolant level, and it is fine (no leakage).
What else may be causing it? What should I be looking at to prevent a potential blown HG?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:44 AM
partially clogged radiator and thermostat are other possibilities.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 11:24 AM
Posted 05 July 2006 - 11:43 PM
Posted 06 July 2006 - 12:42 AM
Secondly feel the hoses when the engine is hot, if they arent close to the same temp you have a clogged radiator.
When was the last time the coolant was flushed and replaced. When was the last time the t-stat was replaced.
Overheating with the ac on is indictaive of a clogged radiaotr. if the raditor wasnt cleaned after the HG job, that can be the cause.
Posted 26 July 2006 - 08:35 PM
I found another mechanic who confirmed that the overheating was due to HGs, did not find any cracks but shaved all the HGs and replaced the water pump, etc. for about at least $1300 cheaper than the other mechanic who had quoted me minimum $2,700 to replace the HGs.
The temperature is back to normal. I just hope we will not run into this HG issue for a while!
Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:47 AM
typically the newer headgaskets are better and mitigate the problem. the only failure i recall seeing of a replaced headgasket (someone on the board here) was due to something else....like overheating due to bad radiator/thermostat/water pump which blew the headgasket.
you should be golden, thanks for the update and resolution.
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