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My subaru 97 impreza overheated on the freeway. I

My subaru 97 impreza overheated on the freeway. I have tested the temperature gauge and it works fine. It was overheating and bubbling into the overflow tank. I took the temperature gauge out and it is not overheating and only bubbling a little into the overflow tank. There is not oil in the antifreeze and no antifreeze in the oil. Is this a head gasket? I also have had the radiator flushed and a new cap put on prior to this. I just bought this car and am making payments on it. A month after I ended up spending 900 bucks on it because I bought it from a corrupt car lot that probably paid off the mechanic that I payed to check it and said there was nothing wrong with it. Don't know what to do, any help would be appreciated.

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  • amelia0617 Nov 16, 2009

    I meant thermostat instead of temperature gauge. I took the thermostat out and its not overheating. And yes the fans are coming on. Its bubbling in the overflow, before it was boiling.

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Check to make sure your cooling fan(s) kick on when the car reaches operating temperature.



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If the water is flowing into the overflow tank then it is probably running a little hot. It is normal for a little bit to flow into if as the water heats and expands but there shouldn't be enough to overflow the tank. Have you tried changing the thermostat? If the thermostat isn't opening properly this will have all the effect in the world on how hot your engine runs.

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  • obwhon Nov 18, 2009

    I"m not an expert on the Subaru but another car I had had a plug located in the Thermostat housing. The idea was that after you changed the thermostat you put it all back together and then you removed the plug and started adding the coolant back into the system until the coolant ran out of the plug then you put it back in. This allowed you to bleed the air out of the top of the system before you ran the car. Otherwise the air stayed in the top of the system and the coolant wouldn't flow properly. You might see if you have one of these plugs you can pull out (while engine coolant is cold) and see if you can bleed the air out of the system.



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