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Leaking fluid 2000 Forester

Recently -40s here in the NWT and the other day noticed a fair amount of what appears to be tranny fluid on the ground where I park the vehicle. It only seems to be on the ground at home. I park at work all day and when I leave no evidence of leakage. Last time I had this problem it was a cracked head gasket. The mechanics up here are terrible and mostly I have had service down south as recent as last summer. My Forester has nearly 199,000 miles on it. I love this car. Any help?

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Next time you notice the wet patch try and see if it is close to the a/c drain pipe under the car. If it is ambient temp that is hot and the humidity is up as well it may simple be that the a/c is removing extra water vapor from the air inside the car and this will leak out onto the ground as you drive and for a short time after you park. The difference from now to then will be the temp gauge reading while you are driving

Posted on Jan 19, 2013

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    selkie61 Jan 19, 2013

    It's in the -30's here so I don't think that's it? Freezing sub arctic temps. Also it seems to possibly be at startup since I ony see it at my home parking spot. Oh and that wouod be the first start up each morning. When I start itup at work after eight hours though there seems to be no leaking.

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SOURCE: 2001 subaru legacy leaking coolant from head gasket......

Your mechanic is ok with saying that...however you should replace both head gaskets. This can get costly if you take it to have it done somewhere, but if you use a manual from your local library or buy one from your local auto parts store, its a much more cost effective way of fixing it. You are ok to drive it, be sure to check your fluid before you do. I would look into getting these changed within the next few weeks.

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Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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SOURCE: I have 2001 suburu forrester..have had 2 problems

usually the valve cover gaskets are not the cause,the headgsket most of the time are either leaking coolant,oil or both! A Subaru dealer may possibly will be able to identify it properly considering this is a very common problem,usually the drivers side headgasket is the first the first to leak,if this is the case a call to subaru wouldn't hurt they may assist you in the repair, good luck!

Posted on Jul 11, 2009

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Have a parts store or mechanic, some do it for free, put the OBD scanner on and tell you what the computer is saying is wrong. Good luck and have a great day.

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

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SOURCE: White smoke from under the hood

if you have a boyfriend that doesnt like dirty hands and cannot check the oil or change a household plug or set the washing machine then ditch him and find a more pratical one or you will be working for the rest of your life to pay all the tradesman ,i will no doubt get another warning from admin?? ,right problem with car now white smoke is usually a signal that you have a water leak and its dripping on the exhaust which could be a perished or split water hose or it could be oil but without seeing its very difficult to advise ,if its very low on oil you will hear a pronounced knock from the big ends or the cams these will suffer first but providing you had more two pints of oil in i doubt this but the low oil can cause the engine to run hot as the oil also acts as a coolant to a degree .now best advice i offer without lifting the bonnet myself is to have a look for anything obvious yourself like the coolant level and the oil level then let engine idle for a short while and keep looking for any leaks ,coolant will smell sweet and sickly and oil will smell like oil on a fire burning ,if you cannot see anything obvious then it may be ok and might have just run hot and some of the grime on the engine was smoking but if you see any leak then consult a local mechanic .

Posted on Jun 04, 2010

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SOURCE: The transmission on my 2002

Seems that the vehicle may have gone into 'limp mode' to protect itself from further damage. Do a scan on the vehicle, but it soulds as though the solenoid may need replacing

P.S. With all best intentions, garages DO have screw-ups. It is possible that the tech went to get another bottle of fluid, and well...

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