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Air lock in cooling system - 1990 Subaru Legacy

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    I have a 1995 Subaru Legacy and air gets lock in the cooling system, getting the car to overheat, How can i take the air out?


  • racenut17 Dec 12, 2008

    my thermostat will not open,. i have replaced it , and it still will not stays cool at an idle, but under a load overheats, and lower hose id ice cold even after replacing the stat/ help.

  • veedilord Jan 28, 2009

    i have a 97 dodge ram 318cid motor. after replacing the thermostat now it run hotter than normal[about 230deg] since then i have replaced the stat 2 more times,replaced the pump twice,had radiator cleaned, new heater core, new cap and the bottom hose still stays cold while the top hose is hot but not so hot that you can't touch it, what have i done wrong the truck run great.



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Like the previous poster said, take the cap off the radiator start the car and fill the coolant, also if you recently installed the thermostat make sure its the correct way around, the subarus thermostat is upside down and has to be put in the opposite way than whats written on the thermostat AKA the Rad end goes toward the engine, and the Eng end goes toward the rad... otherwise the thermostat never opens then your left wondering why your engine is glowing orange.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009


2 things that have worked for me in the past- either lop off the top hose at the radiator end and slowly fill the cooling system from there then top up the normal way (through the header tank) also maybe try cutting off the brass breather pin from your thermostat and refit it.

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