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96 Outback 2.5 Overheating Problems
Posted 08 January 2004 - 07:22 AM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 09:30 AM
i have used waterglass before in lots of cars.. it works great until you put antifreeze in it.. antifreeze eats it away.. so its nota real fix to anything.. just prolongs the inevitable during the summer..
i remember waterglassing a little chevette.. the guy drove that car around for 4 years without anymore problems before it finally went.. but this was in a warm climate and never had to worry about freezing in the winter..
Posted 08 January 2004 - 12:14 PM
Anyway, the real test is to load the engine up after its warm.
I got it to over heat 3 seperate times disproving the repair shop telling me there were no problems.
What I did was get it on a thruway or some road where you can go ten miles so or. After its warm, slow down alittle to like 40 then jump on it to get it to rev at about 4,000 rpm. After a couple of those start to watch the temp gauge. It will rise and fall pretty quickly, getting close to H then going back to center.
Once the process starts, pop the hood and look inside the radiator overflow resevoir. You should see bubbling occurring. The temp needle will rise, bubbles start, temp falls.
When you get a big bubble it will cause flow to stop in the coolant circuit and the temp gauge will read H but no heat will blow from the heater core inside car.
The fewer times this happens the better. Overheating and getting coolant onto oiled interior engine components is bad JUJU.
MY 98 did it at 130,000 also. While its apart do the maintenance thing: water pump oil pump seal, timing belt etc.
I also bought a pulley and an idler that bearings were going on. The whole thing, at a shop, ran $2,100
Posted 09 January 2004 - 05:57 AM
My recommendation is, if you want to keep the car for at least several more years, would be to contact CCR about a rebuilt engine and then you would have a warranty on a rebuilt. These folks really know how to rebuild a Subaru engine. I don't think you will be disappointed. The cost may be fairly high but in the long run it will pay off I beleive.
Here is a link to them if you want to contact them:
Posted 09 January 2004 - 12:14 PM
Posted 09 January 2004 - 07:29 PM
Go ahead, have the head gaskets replaced. $1,000-$1,2000 is a reasonable amount to put into a car with some age and mileage. The "paypack" from a $1,000 repair is a lot shorter than that of a rebuilt engine. I, for one, will NOT buy another Subaru until they straighten this head gasket problem out. The head gasket failure rate even on the phase II engines appears to be excessive.
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