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Just had 200,000 km service
check the coolant temp sensor , fuses , relay and fan for operation if electric fans
if manual fan replace the viscous fan hub
have a pressure test done on cooling system to check for cracked tanks or other leaks
over 5 years old and never changed the water conditioner (antifreeze/boil concentrate ), consider replacing the radiator
on Apr 24, 2017
Shaking when accelerating
Find a large open parking lot and then do tight figure "8's" with the steering wheel all the way over locked and then listen for noises from the front wheel area with your windows down and the RADIO OFF! When doing figure 8's with the steering wheel hard over each way when your doing the figure 8 pattern will bring out the bad CV joints and they will make lots of noise. Best to get a second quote from a front end shop and compare prices. You could call a local auto parts store and ask what the CV joint and shafts cost to get an idea on the parts prices. Good luck and road test that car in a large parking lot with room to do the figure 8 pattern. Dennis
on Apr 16, 2017
Can I retorque the head bolts on my subaru forester 2003, I've just recently replaced the head gaskets?
If you already had a heating issue... just skip over all this meaningless RE-Torque "STUFF"
If there was no overheating before this procedure... I would suggest either the WRONG GASKETS were used... or they were somehow reversed blocking a water passage).
TORQUE has two ways to go...
Too loose = leaks (water and/or combustion)
Too TIGHT = Broken bolt/stripped threads
If it will make you happy
Sure... TIGHTEN... and then RE-TIGHTEN... after running.
That USED to be the way it was done... until they came out with WONDERFUL "Modern" head gaskets... (tighter... never looser... and NEVER (MORE) too tight.
If you think your torque is too much... you MUST also follow the REVERSE torque pattern when loosening (else risk a fractured casting (FOR REALS)).
Although I seriously doubt the desired effect...
The answer is SURE...!! Go for it... Re-Torque...
(Could not possibly hurt... unless you do it wrong!)
Just not sure of the "OVERHEAT" diagnosis...
sounds more than a bit odd.
If there is any previous history of overheating... I would pursue that as an INDEPENDANT issue.
Thermostat, defective water pump... radiator cap... or crusted up radiator (any or all of the above + rotten casting plugs in the engine).
Head torque... Naaah.
on Mar 02, 2016
What causes slow acceleration wit very loud exhaust noise
I would check for a large exhaust leak, somewhere between where the exhaust manifolds attach to the engine heads to the muffler. Since you had the heads done, I would inspect the connections between the exhaust manifold & heads, the manifolds and the down/flex pipe, and the oxygen sensor housings.
on Jan 31, 2016
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