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2003 subaru legacy have noticed loss of colant for some time. now overheats to the max very quick. got about 1/2 mile from home when it first did it, let it cool and got it back home. over heated again by time i got home. car only has 62,000 miles

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Thermostat or bad Head Gasket

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what you asking is a quick fix for a head gasket issue. It will only be temporary and will leak again in time most likely when your far from home. Adding anything could cause more harm than good. It will clog your heater core and it will restrict the coolant passages. I highly recommend you do not do a cheap fix on this car. Do it right.

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My 1990 subaru legacy was running fine-I went to the store less than a mile away and when I got home something was leaking from underneath the car and there was steam coming from under the hood..i don't...


Just because it was not hot to the touch, does not mean it is not a coolant loss problem----if the coolant is so low, there may not be enough to make the radiator hot (though usually the steam in the system will).
...a stuck thermostat can also let the engine overheat while the radiator remains cool (the fluid only circulates within the engine and is stopped from getting to the radiator.
...likewise a hose could have burst below and let the coolant out, over heating the engine, and the steam going out the ruptured/popped off hose; would look underneath..
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