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Heater not putting out heat

1998 forester not heating has coolant and new thermostat but heater does not work. cooling fans kicking on but temp rises when RPM's are up

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Sounds like you may have a head gasket going. Is it running low on coolant? Or did it? Make sure it is topped off and the heater core is full. Let it run and see if it over heats and you have lost fluid. If so I would have a pressure test done on the motor to see if the cylinders bleed down. I hope it is something like the heater core not being full. I wish you luck.

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