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I am a new unexperienced 2001 subaru impreza owner. I often get upto speed quite quickly within short periods of time. i recently noticed smoke from under my engine. upon investigation it would appear to be radiator fluid all over the engine front.i always keep my levels full however on inspection it was almost empty. could this be because i am going too fast to quickly without letting the car warm through and causing too much pressure too soon.or is the radiator at the front on the way out as the car has high milage. ift its damaged or on the way out what causes this and how can i prevent this. if its probably ok how long will i have to wait before i can get upto speed eg . I live about 2min from the m62 so within this time i can go from 0mph upto70 could too higher revs too soon cause problems.

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  • injuneer May 11, 2010

    Hey Skip5tar

    I had a similar problem with my '96 Imprezza. You seem to be loosing cooling fluid. With the Subaru engine, the exhaust runs around the bottom of the engine, and most things that leak out of the engine land on the exhaust and smoke/burn. The cooling fluid has antifreeze/anticorrosion in it and when it goes onto a hot exhaust it smokes, and the problem seems to be a coolant leak. In my case it was a split in the plastic top-up tank. But it could be a hose or the radiator or water pump. Get it fixed soon as cooking the engine is an expensive option. It is probably not related to the way you drive. Cheers.



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Are you overfilling the radiator there is a cold and hot fill on the expansion bottle ?

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