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I have a 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback. It was over heating, and when I took a look I saw a cracked hose which was attached to the radiator, so I changed it. But now I noticed when I turn on the AC it begins over heat. A mechanic suggested that I get the radiator cleaned. Any other ideas?

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  • faroverseas Jul 13, 2009

    Thanks. I ended up finding out the problem. One of the radiator fans wasn't working. A wire had been busted.

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You should clean and flush the coolant and see if that helps. That is the easiest place to start. Hope this helps and have a great day.

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