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My 1993 Legacy GT (facelift) overheats but it only

My 1993 Legacy GT (facelift) overheats, and it only leaks fluid when the car has been turned off after being driven. When it is over heating the temp guage fluctuates. Could it be the water pump? the leak looks like its coming from under where the inter-cooler is.

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Does it have over 200,000 if so and you can get to the wp when its cold try to move the bearing/shaft impeller also check t-stat and heater hose look for evidence of of poor gasket install and does the pump make any noise? mine needed a timing belt at 180 and a water pump to replace stock pump at 229 if you need a pump get a new not re man

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