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Intermittent overheating 2005 subaru impreza 2.5 rx ----dealer unable to replicate problem. Ideas?? i have a similar type problem, i had just had the head gasket replaced on my 2002 2.5rs, a month later the engine overheated and left me stranded, let the car cool and drove it home with out an overheat problem, had the radiator checked and no leaks or abnormal flow everything is normal with the radiator, replaced the thermostat and yes i put it in the correct way, filled the system up and burped it (removed air), it may have an internal head gasket leak but my vehicle isnt showing any sighns of it, just excesive bubbling, mmy oil isnt creamy and has no water contamination, coolant is green as ever and has no oil in it, my upper radiator hose is free to squeeze until vehicle starts to overheat then it becomes hard and if u squeeze hard enough you can feel air pockets forcing out of it.. it has been doing this all day and iv checked everything.. can someone help me out with this?

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You have blown another head gasket. Oil won't get into the coolant, or coolant into the oil, but after the engine warms up exhaust gas will force it's way into the water jacket and stop coolant from flowing through. The best part is that it will be intermittent for a while, which makes it hard to find, but it will get progressively worse. Hopefully, it will be the same gasket the dealer has already replaced, which will help you convince them to warranty the job. You might want to make sure they had the head machined before putting it all back together. Good luck!

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