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1997 subaru outback legacy overheating

I recently bought a 97 subaru outback legacy with 83,ooo miles on it when i went to look at the car it had a check engine light on. the guy said he would have that looked at. when i bought it the light was off. the day after i bought it it started overheating i tried calling the gut back to ask him if he ever had this problem and also to see why the check engine light was on he won't return y calls any ideas? My 1990 Legacy wagon is having a similar problem. I've replaced the thermostat and flushed the system, and am still having the overheating problem with no heat inside the car. I do have smoke coming out of the engine, which I've had before and it's gone away, its a very light smoke and I think its related to the overheating maybe baking off some engine gunk. I'm trying to leave my car over night on an incline to see if the bleeder screw will vent some air. I'm hoping that it isn't the head gasket, because the car wouldn't be worth the cost of the repair.

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  • abd141 Jan 06, 2009

    ok, so today i went and after letting the car sit overnight to let the coolant move from the holding tank. car over heated as normal, particularly when making sharp turns (fluid shift). I noticed no leaks other than coolant that missed the tank. jefin suggested the water pump, which i saw no problems with, heat is still not working and radiator is blowing cold air when car says it is over heating... any suggestions.

  • abd141 Jan 09, 2009

    turns out the thermostat that i bought from the autopart store was faulty. put another one in and it started working again.

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I hate to tell you this but the guy isn't returning your calls because the head gasket is blown and he probably knew it.
As for the 1990... have you checked the water pump for leaks? (front/ driver's side on the bottom of the engine) My guess is that it's faulty and unfortunately, it's behind the timing belt.
Both of these repairs will be a pretty penny.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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If the cooling system pressurizes BEFORE the engine even gets hot, you have the head gasket problem.
It is a known issue with this year and 2.5L motors
I am actually pulling a motor right now to replace the haed gaskets, I own two 97 subarus with 2.5L and have had to do both head gaskets now

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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