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1997 Subaru Outback impreza engine overheats and no one has figured out why. Radiator is not the problem. Engine does not overheat right away.

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Do the cooling fans come on?And do they go off?Or do the fans come on and stay on?If the cooling fans come on,and then the cooling fans ,or fan,goes off,then the system may not be over heating.If the engine is over heating for sure,and the fans come on,but don`t go off,replace the thermostat.Then you need to bleed the cooling system of air.The coolant will not circulate if there is air in the cooling system.Also,the water pump blades on the inside(in the water jacket)could be worn down,or have ome off.This would cause the problem also.If I can help,any further,please let me know.>>roniecon@gmail.com

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google for "Subaru head gasket problem"

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